The Sun Sets in the East
Well, for us, anyway.
Back in August 2012, our first post said: “we will share the process and some of the secrets”, so over the years we covered countries, postcard history, customer profiles, topical themes, technical issues, trip reports, FAQs … whatever we could think of. Guests wrote entries, and – not long ago – we let ChatGPT write one too.
We enjoyed doing it.
There’s always a BUT. Even with WordPress bells and whistles as security, fake subscriptions snuck in, and with them torrents of spam ((to us, not to you) every time we made a new post. Those Russian pornographers can be quite creative and persistent. So we decided on an “opt-in” approach, giving subscribers two chances, a month apart, to tell us if they wanted our e-mailed notices .
Maybe that was a bad idea, maybe not, but results weren’t what we hoped. We can’t know how many people read the Blog without signing up, but the primary target had to be real people who did. The point is: not enough actual subscribers wanted to continue, even for free, so we’re shutting down the Blog.
Not the website; just the Blog. Older entries will disappear in sequence as we make copies for the archives.
Long ago, an American poet named Emily Dickinson was a favorite of schoolchildren because her poems were short and easy to memorize. Here’s part of one we liked the most:
“I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there’s a pair of us — don’t tell!
They’d banish us, you know.
How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!”
With that wise counsel from Emily, we sign off with hopes that one or another of our entries these past 11 years informed, entertained, amused, or maybe even stirred you to go out and mail a postcard. You’re welcome to keep watching the main website for more stories and of course more postcards.
Over and out, with thanks from