- made good friends online and met many off-line. I'll mention just a few. Rich was one of this blog's first regular readers and I appreciate his encouragement and enthusiasm. Edvin the Finn was also an early adopter. When I drank and ate with him in San Francisco during his vacation here, I realized the power of this medium. There's also Alan, who I think is the most talented automotive writer around. Finally, there's Ramon. Who knew that there's a Chilean out there who has the exact same interests in cars, stamps, and geopolitics as I do? There are simply too many of you to mention individually, but you know who you are.
- built up a truly global readership. This blog has been accessed by people from all over the world. There are regular readers from Azerbaijan, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Russia, Chile, Canada, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Belgium, France, Bulgaria,... Needless to say, this geography geek is happy.
- got an "in" on so many automotive experiences. Through this blog, I was able to visit private Maserati and Citroen car collections, operate a bulldozer, and even drive a DeLorean. Those are some nice perks.
- was able to write for larger publications like Hooniverse (thanks to John) and The Truth About Cars (thanks to Derek). Writing for large audiences definitely helps the ego. I like to tell myself that it was actually my scathing post about Jeremy Clarkson on TTAC that toppled the BBC Top Gear empire.
As long as the internet is still around, I intend to continue blogging. I appreciate all of your continued support and comments. Our shared passion for cars and geopolitics gives me the drive to continue this journey.