Thursday, August 14, 2008

Milestone: 5 years & 100th post

Today is a milestone in several ways. On one hand, today is the 5th anniversary of beginning this blog. On the other hand, this specific post that I am creating now at this moment represents the blog's 100th entry. And if I had more than two hands, the third would mark the special occasion of when my overseas life really all began back in August of 2005 when I prepared to ship off to Munich, Germany.

Five years, 100 posts, more than 34 countries visited, countless experiences and amusing tales amassed, and numerous friendships formed around the world. The blog has been a constant for me and at times an albatross. Writing, unfortunately and a surprise to many, is a painful process for me. Yet I have tried to stay disciplined and at least make an entry per month. To be honest, in the early days it was not hard to craft up new entries, as things were so new and unfamiliar. Today, I must admit, that it becomes tougher and tougher to document things that I think would be interesting to both myself and others. I do write for myself to document this fantastic time in my life but I also write for others. My biggest dread is that my entries become stale, humorless, and uninspiring. My biggest thrill is to share these times with all of you who read or even stumble onto this blog by accident.

Over these five years, I've received emails from random people in Iran, Sweden, Thailand, Israel, Australia, and many others who for one reason or another found themselves staring at my blog. Each of these people went an additional step further to send an email. Most were simply providing encouraging words to keep it up, others asked questions on a specific place, some asked for permission and rights to my photos (several were used in the opening scenes of a humorous and fun online expose on Shanghai... I even got my name mentioned in the closing credits), and one person even asked for the formula to the secret of my success (seriously!).

I've had a lot of fun with the blog over the years. It's one part torture, one part therapy. I look forward to continuing to document and share what I am observing, and I hope that it will always provide a perspective, a laugh, a thought, a smile, and just maybe an inspiration.

Your Global Vagabond

8 Comments:

At 12:33 AM, Anonymous Joanne said...

Congratulations for 5 years and counting! And the 100th Post, definitely a milestone.

 
At 8:06 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Come on now, you know you ROCK as a writer! Way to go brother! I especially enjoyed the 4th of July post.
Matt

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger David Fosberg said...

Thanks Matt! You were the source of inspiration that encouraged me to start this blog in the beginning. Without your push and technical expertise, I would have probably never taken that first leap. I owe you one!

 
At 10:08 AM, Blogger Ita Agel said...

hiya David, well.. you've got 100 posts... and i've only been up to my 2nd post... thought i'd say hi to you and let you know am finally here!! LOL... see ya around ;)

 
At 3:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey David,
I have always found your posts interesting, informative and humourous. Keep up the good work!

 
At 8:10 PM, OpenID joeysui said...

good to know you've made through the 5th year! you've got to publish your own book come 10th year. i'll have to get your autograph ;)

read parts of your blog and have to confess it got me hooked. love it when you write about whats happening around you, bringing readers a step closer to events that they might not be part of.

(enjoyed reading your post on vietnam race. glad to know that its not just purely a race but it brings hope to the locals living there...a better life)

 
At 11:28 PM, Anonymous Lucia said...

It’s amazing to know how you’ve became inspiration to many people through your articles as I personally feel the same.
Congratulations for the 5th anniversary of your blog and I believe there will be more inspirations as you always keep the positive thoughts on things surrounding you.

Best wishes

 
At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Pam said...

Great blogg! If there is anyone who wants to road trip to Perth to Sydney , let me know!
Pam

Pam_2005@hotmail.co.uk

 

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