I realised the other day that the thousandth post here on Social Bridge was looming. I was going to ignore the fact but somehow it feels like a pretty big deal now that it’s here.
When I set up the blog back in 2011, the one thing I wanted was for it to be a place of connection. I had this vision of people meeting on my bridge and taking time to stop, chat and exchange ideas. I’m thrilled to say that I feel this has happened and now there are regulars, who feel like old friends, who stop frequently. It’s also great to see newcomers stepping onto the bridge to take a look around.
This is a place where the subject matter is pretty broad. I wanted to have it that way because there are lots of diverse areas of life which are very close to my heart and I felt a need to bring them together in one place. I know this is a little unorthodox in the blogging world where specialisation tends to dominate. I used to be a rather compartmentalised type of person but I’ve come to crave a sense of integration and love the way in which aspects of life that can seem poles apart can, in fact, bring a lot to each other.
Social Bridge was born at a time just after my parents had died and their influence on it has been huge. When I come here I can’t but feel their presence and the extent to which they gave me a love of writing, social issues, nature, poetry, humour, sport, the sea, photography and a deep love of Ireland, especially my native Co. Waterford but many, many other places too.
Diaries and journals were a part of my life from when I was tiny and I like the idea of incorporating journalling in my blogging. However, this is an open book and I truly appreciate all the entries from those who visit. Comments are every bit as important as the the posts themselves and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every single person who has taken the time to comment over the years.
A Thousand ‘Thank Yous’ to everyone who has travelled this path with me.