This is my 1,000th post on this blog, Daily Grit which I started about three years ago as an experiment with this new channel of communication.
It's been an adventure that reminds me of my first days at Michigan State University's School of Journalism back in the mid-1960s when we first started using IBM Selectric typewriters and when there were new business visionaries who talked about writing news stories on computers someday.
I remember sitting in the old Press Room at the Michigan State Capitol Building
writing my column for a chain of small newspapers and then transmitting it back to the newspaper chain's corporate office on a clunky machine with a big spinning drum that you attached the copy paper to. A light would read it and transmit the copy. I don't even remember the name of the machine.
Now look at how far things have changed. Newspapers are struggling to maintain their position as part of the mainstream media with citizen journalism standing in the wings to replace it.
And blogs are at the front of the parade that's rewriting how journalism is practiced.
I'm stunned at how this blog has been read by people all over the world and in countries that I could never imagine. Globalism has become a reality in my little part of the world.
As a pretty average person, I've also found a platform from which I can share all parts of my life with the understanding that somebody could very well open and read them. Blogs empower people. Such access in pre-blog days would have required position and money. That's changed. It's no longer the case.
I grateful for the opportunity to be part of this change and I definitely want to be part of the global neighborhood looking to see how this new channel of communication can positively affect the world.