Well, here we are. It’s been one year since Landlocked Living came into this world (wide web). I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a little bit surprised it’s still kicking and I’m still updating it, albeit not as often as I’d like to. But nonetheless, it’s been one year and my oh my, how things have changed!
When I started Landlocked a year ago, I had a vision of a site where people could go to get an accurate representation of life in the Midwest. Now, looking back at all I’ve done here, I see numerous beer reviews, a few odd recipes, and the occasional bit about movies or the seasons. Seeing all of this, I immediately felt I hadn’t lived up to my original vision. I now realize I HAVE captured life in the Midwest. My life in the Midwest.
So what does this all mean? For starters, I consider this website a success so far. Do I hope to do more with it? Yes. Do I hope to do greater things with it? Yes. Will I still fail to update it as often as I’d like to? Most likely. But above all else, I will continue to write my Midwestern ass off for those readers that tune in occasionally to see what Landlocked Living is all about. I do hope to take the site in some new directions, primarily involving the community more. I also hope to give this place a face lift sometime soon. Lord knows it could use it.
Now, enough with the sappy stuff. Let’s look at some changes that have occurred in just one year:
1. Valerie and I got engaged!
2. I recently received a major promotion!
3. I switched to Scrivener as my word processor (this post is my first piece written with it)!
4. Last but certainly not least, Landlocked began to regularly get more than 2,000 visitors per month (thanks to all of you out there)!
It’s been one heck of a year. Call me an optimist, but I have a feeling this next one will be even better for Landlocked. The fun and colorful seasons are coming, and with them I hope to bring you all some fun (and certainly colorful) articles. If anyone out there (bots excluded, you’re not people) has any ideas or improvements for the site, let me know and I will certainly consider them. I couldn’t be more excited about this past year, or this year to come. Thank you, each and every one of you, for making this website possible and for getting a taste of Landlocked Living.