Wandering Thoughts is now ten years old
Because I am often terrible at scheduling, Wandering Thoughts' ten year anniversary was actually almost a month ago, on June 12th (for odd reasons). And as I noted four years ago, I'm not really for anniversaries. Still, ten years is something that feels significant, enough so to produce some words.
I'm a different person than I was ten years ago and four years ago, but then we almost all are. Some of the changes are welcome ones, some less welcome, and some just are. Wandering Thoughts too has undoubtedly changed over the ten years I've been writing at least one entry a day here, but those changes are usually less obvious to me. Hopefully they are overall for the better.
(When I go back to read old entries, especially very old entries, I feel somewhat ambivalent about the changes in my writing style that I think I see. I suspect that everyone does.)
If you'd told me at the start that I would still be writing Wandering Thoughts ten years later, well, honestly I might have believed you; I'm the sort of person who gets into habits and then sticks to them unless something big comes along to jar me out. Am I happy to have done this and to still be doing this? Yes, of course, or I wouldn't be doing it any more. Writing Wandering Thoughts has enriched my life in any number of ways, both in the writing itself and in the contacts and associations I've made through the blog, and I'd be a quite different person without WT.
(Sometimes I wonder a bit about what that other me would be like. It's kind of fun but also hard; WT's effects on me feel quite pervasive.)
I don't expect to stop writing here and I probably won't change how I do it; my one entry a day habit is quite well set by now (although I sometimes think about the potential merits of taking longer to develop and write entries; writing them in an hour or two has its limitations and drawbacks).
(The next vaguely significant waypoint will be 4,000 main entries. Don't expect a marker for it, though.)
(And yes, if I think about it, ten years of an entry a day is kind of a scary thing to contemplate. I don't even try to add up the total time and effort I've put into Wandering Thoughts in the past ten years; it's far too intimidating.)