March 31, 2008
A bridge is a construction or natural feature that spans a divide.
I started writing at this space not that long ago, and with a lot of hard work and encouragement from many hands, I will continue writing at my new space, 6 weeks. The divide I am crossing is only a digital divide, but it is an important crossing in my journey, more so I would say than any physical divide I have ever crossed in recent memory.
What lies on the other side is of my making, but it is also of your making too. As a writer in this medium, I cannot move forward without you, the reader and the commentator. To you, all of you, I give thanks.
Not only is this post a bridge, but this entire blog has been a bridge for me, between my old life before I started to share my words with the world, and my new life that lies on the road ahead.
And while this bridge may be a digital bridge, rather than a physical one, it is not much different from those we have all encountered in one key way – it required many hands to build it:
Men with Pens – James & Harry, for the blog design and lots of help & encouragement, and the liveliest comments section around.
IttyBiz – Naomi, for introducing me to a lot of these great people, including the dynamic duo above, and for confusing Ron Paul and Ron Jeremy, just one example of your funny and honest writing style that I love.
The Writers Manifesto – Monika, for the inspiring story of how you followed your dreams, the virtual flat whites, and help with the thumbnails – Issue #1 of Fourex Girl is coming!
Write From Home – Amy, for the tireless late night chats and inspiration to think differently about my day job, and the opportunities it presents – the cook says “lady”.
Melissa Donovan – Melissa, for a great chat about freedom & life change, and a picture that is SFW, never mind what they said on Twitter.
Self Made Chick – Christine, for having the courage to quit your job, move into the desert, and follow your dreams – you make me want to do the same… if I follow everything in your book, I cannot fail. I don’t think I’ll quit my job today though, my wife might get mad at me…
Michael Martine – Michael, for the encouragement to start a test blog – this blog – and for countless other insights. You are the Remarkablogger.
Put Things Off – Nick, for the awesome Todoodlist book, inspiring words, and your love of paper, which I share.
The Writing Journey – Bob, for laughing at my tubular pigs joke, and for the very encouraging feedback about my writing.
Joohliah – for the lovely slippers, and for creating the Zoohliah – awesome – I still have to buy one!
sushi day – Allison, for the Darth Sushi, the encouragement, and the cool t-shirt… :)
eVentureBiz – John Hoff, charter member of the Tyler Durden fan club and all-around good guy – “Never say NO to Fluffy!”
Maximum Customer Experience – Kelly, for the voodoo dolls – yes, and we know you know nothing about fetishes – say hello to Little Pen by the way.
Life’s Little Inspirations – Wendi, for all of the kind words – we are traveling down the same road, I’m glad to be sharing the journey with you.
Curious Apricot – RJ at Wild Apricot Blog, for the VW Bus that will get all of us across the bridge, you can drive and pick the music!
Eyeteaguy – Francis, my long-time friend, for the kick in the butt to start this blog, we need to have a beer.
The Deep Friar – Mike aka “The Friar”, for the DAF nights and “bitch ‘n stitch” lunches at work – keep up the painting.
My family – Cathryn my wife, and my children Cameron, Ian, Aimee, and Owen. Thank you for filling my days with joy.
And everyone else who has read my words – if I have forgotten anyone who should be here – and I probably have, it is 4:35 am – I will return to add your name to this list.
All of you have contributed in one way or another. All of you have encouraged me step by step.
And so I ask you to join me, to cross the bridge into the future – 6 weeks into the future.
PS – if anyone knows how to inject a single post from one blog to another one, let me know, as I want to move this post and the last to my new blog. In fact, I’ll buy the winner a beer if he or she is within 8 hours drive (sub-light speed only)