Andromeda here, and I’m rather astonished to note that five years has passed since I started blogging here. It was back in 2008 that both Deb Vanasse and I independently stumbled upon the idea of creating a collaborative blog that might last a few months and spread the word about Alaska’s growing community of writers. Neither of us predicted so much would come of one small idea, and its success is a credit to all the other writers and readers who jumped aboard.
We filled a need, and still do–and have grown into a larger organization besides. As one of the co-founders who now volunteers and teaches from the sidelines, I most enjoy reading my fellow bloggers’ interviews of authors, news of upcoming programs and talks, and guest posts that introduce me to up-and-coming writers I might have missed altogether.
As for my own blogging, I’ve been posting on everything from craft specifics to favorite authors to literary doldrums for some 250-plus weeks now. Sometimes I think I’ve said all I have to say, but I value staying connected with the rest of you. As an organization and as blogging individuals, we often ask you: what do you appreciate most? Should we do more on the blog, or less? What would you like to see in the year to come?
Changing technology (especially Facebook) seems to have reduced the interactivity of this forum because FB is an easier place to leave quick comments. And yet, our stats show that people still read these posts, the new ones and the old ones. Still, we face a lot of competition and competing distractions that we didn’t face five years ago. Help us stay relevant. And thanks for reading!
(P.S. Feel free to email me personally at email@example.com if you prefer that to leaving a public comment in response to this post.)