Whilst laboriously checking through all the WordPress notifications that had accumulated in my absence, I came across one informing me that I have now clocked up a decade on this platform, most of which is due to this blog, est. 2011. Although it shouldn’t have, that milestone still came as a bit of a shock.
Plenty of things have changed in the preceding decade. My writing and my taste in books in a personal level, but also the blogger generation that I first started with, sadly few are still writing after all these years. I often wonder what the ones who left are up to, in my more melancholy moments.
My life has changed immensely thanks to this humble platform. Travels abroad, new friends met from all over the world – some face to face – introductions to many new books and different ways of experiencing life, forays into the book publishing scene, and those rectangular packages that sometimes arrive in the post. And of course, most recently meeting my wife Crissy and subsequent move abroad.
Looking back, as one does in these situations, I find that a lot was learnt without realising it at the time. The clearest thing to take from all this is that starting Book to the Future (created simply to find people to talk about books with), has allowed me to experience a lot opportunities that I never expected, and to grow as a person.
I feel extremely lucky to be a part of this community and to have met some wonderful writers, artists, photographers, etc. This year I hope to give the blog more love than it got in the previous year (especially towards the end) and to keep up with your posts more. I look forward to another ten years here with you and many more exciting opportunities.