A big ‘thank you’…..

I would like to extend  my gratitude to all who have bothered to drop by this humble weblog in 2013, for leaving your welcome comments  and ‘likes’, and for giving me the reason and inspiration for ‘putting pen to paper’ or fingers to keyboard.

Blogging is all about the pleasure of sharing with a readership of willing volunteers.  There is no major literary achievement in the art of blogging, but if you compare it with other social media (and I do confess to using them myself), there is a level of engagement which puts it in a class of its own.

Facebook is for chatterers, Twitter for witterers, and blogging is for…………..(enter your own appropriate  description)? Communicators, perhaps?

I particularly enjoy my engagement with readers when I’m on one of my cycling expeditions. As a solo traveller, sometimes trekking through open empty landscapes, to be in contact with people thousands of miles away, and from the confines of my little tent, never ceases to be a wonderment to me. Not surprisingly, it is also when I engage with the greatest number of readers. Many, many people have a thirst for adventure, and if their circumstances prevent them from sallying forth themselves, from kitting out their bikes or donning their rucksacks, they love to do it vicariously by reading about the adventures of others. That’s what I love doing in my ‘down time’. And through the medium of the blog, you can get first-hand experiences from people as they are engaged in their adventures. That’s the power of the internet.

Somewhere in New Zealand

Somewhere in New Zealand

In the wider field of blogging, this blog is very much a minor player, but I have still had the benefit of over 29,000 hits in 2013, with one post in particular (No bluffing……… this is the end) attracting 348 hits. If you have been a regular (or even occasional) visitor, thank you. Your company has been very much appreciated.

It now remains for me to wish you a happy and adventure-filled 2014. And if you really want to know……. yes I am planning a couple of cycling adventures in the coming year. Watch this space……

So, if you ride a bike…….happy pedalling, and may the wind be (nearly) always at your back!

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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on January 1, 2014, in Miscellany and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Happy 2014 Frank, yes, it’s possible to vicariously enjoy your journeys great and (relatively) small.

  2. I was about to ask if you had adventures planned for this year but you answered my question.
    I enjoy your blog and more so since I met you on your travels. The power of the Internet is indeed magical.

  3. Have a wonderful new year (from the other side of the pond).

  4. Happy New Year Frank – keep the pedals turning and the writing flowing!

  5. Here’s to another great year of cycling adventures and derring-do! Happy New Year, Frank.
    Sally

  6. Well ridden, well written and all the best for 2014, Frank!

  7. Sheila Cakebread

    Happy New Year, Frank, I look forward to another year of interesting blogs from you in 2014. As a ‘Rambler’ and non-cyclist I was drawn into following your blog through your trip to NZ & support of Save the Children. Have really enjoyed your accounts of your travels & your book reviews.

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