Two years! I can hardly believe that I've maintained this blog that long. My first post was intended merely as a way to come out to my law school classmates as transsexual -- primarily to save me the trouble of doing so on a one-by-one basis. It was a tough decision at first. I thought very seriously about trying to "go stealth" but in the end I knew it wasn't in my nature (and, seriously, I knew it was just impossible).
I've enjoyed blogging. It's been a great source of connection for my family - my mom, my sister and at least one of my daughters are regular readers - and for my friends. I've made many new friends blogging, both in real time and in cyberspace. I've even met a few of my cyber friends in real-time and look forward to meeting more. Plus, it's been a good therapy for me. It has become my personal journal as well as a place for me to voice my opinion about current affairs, particularly as they relate to the world of transgenderism. It doesn't matter if that opinion means nothing to anyone else, it's a nice record for me of events and feelings.
During the past two years, the blog has undergone two transformations -- first from AOL Journals to a plain vanilla TypePad interface, to the one that I have now. I've seen my readership rise and fall, and rise again. I've not ever spent much time worrying about it (I mean, really, who cares?) but it's fun to watch. In that vein, I snatched a global mapping tool from Unblague which I added to the lower right stats part of my page. I think it's cool to see how many places from around the world have managed to stumble across the blog. I've created categories for people to navigate to their area of interest. My favorites are: Transgenderism (of course), Gay Civil Rights, Law School, and Sea Stories (despite no recent posts there). Having said that, I also like Poetry and Internet Quizzes. Blogging is so multi-faceted; hmmm, I wonder if it reflects my personality?
I don't know when I'll stop blogging. I've threatened several times, mostly during periods of distress and depression, as I'm sure long-time readers will remember, but I've never stopped for longer than a week or two. Still, after I graduate, who knows?
Anyway, thank you my readers -- for reading, for sticking with me through the ups and downs, for your generosity in comments, for your willingness to engage in thoughtful debate and your openness to new ideas. You make it all worthwhile.