I don’t normally worry about the statistics on the blog…normally. I write because I enjoy it with the knowledge that my family and friends can keep track of what we are doing while we are far apart. I also don’t only write about our adventures, I enjoy many other things than just blabbing about what I’ve done with my day. Sometimes, (to coin a phrase from friend Joel) I have a little “rantito”.
Yesterday I noticed an uptick in the blog statistics, in fact a significant surge. Along with this I also receive “push notifications” to my email address informing me of new readers and there has also been several people who have decided they’d like to “follow” me.
I’d recently consented to an interview, via email for an article in the Globe and Mail about our journey to retirement in Panama. It was a little difficult to conduct; I was on the move back and forth to Panama City and places in between during seemingly long days and I was trying to answer the interviewer’s questions as consistently and quickly as possible so she could pull the article together by her publishing deadline. Because I was busy yesterday with the Sobrina Chiquita visiting one of our favourite places I didn’t notice the email telling me the article published.
For those of you who have arrived here from that article, welcome. I’ve read some of the comments and my wish is that those of you who have joined are interested in reading what I write. I try to keep my posts short and post pictures, this is a suggestion that one of my regular readers gave me a few years ago (thank you Paul). I will, in future posts, address a few things that are incorrect in the article for those of you unaware of them. My friends and family will be able to find them right away and will probably be equally disturbed by some of the comments on the article, should they choose to read them. I refuse to discuss what amounts to personal attacks on the personal choice we have made to move to a warm climate from strangers. We owe explanations only to those that we love, not from people who have nothing better to do than troll articles and post rude comments based on someone else’s lifestyle choice. Although some might not see it, I would equate these comments to bashing of any other personal lifestyle choice that are no longer politically correct to bash. Frankly, I find some of the comments very uniformed and alarmist.
Once again, welcome to the blog newbies. Please leave a comment and introduce yourself so it’s not a one-sided conversation. And for those of my readers who are on the same journey as we are, and there are many, leave a comment about your experiences. If you’d like to do a guest post, or if you’d like me to link to a post on your blog let me know. I’m glad that you’ve decided to join Spousal Unit and me for the ride…in the campo.