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100 posts.

In September 2005, while traveling I started this blog. That was a long time ago in both time and headspace.

I have had many hiatuses from this medium, hence the four years to get here. I have had a variety of topics, many self serving muses. But I’m still here and I enjoy it.

The choice of The View from Down Here as a title was always designed as an autantonym. On the one hand the reference was to the fact that I hail from, and in fact live “down under” in Australia. Certainly then and in many ways now the blogersphere felt very “top heavy”. Discussions of current affairs seemed to occur in a lively fashion in America and to a lesser extent the UK. I wanted to be part of intelligent issues-based dialogue, and perhaps to contribute to some aussie led conversations. While I’m now aware of more Aussie bloggers, I don’t think we engage in the same way or as regularly. However we are part of the dialogue now. Many who may not be bloggers comment privately or offline, so the discussion starts. even if technorati doesn’t seem to know i exist at the moment. (by the way any linking you feel like doing to raise my authority — greatly appreciated. Having no “authority” in technorati terms after 3 years is pretty sad. 🙁 )

On the other side of the coin is the reflection that as a woman who views the world waist high, that is from a wheelchair. I guess my perspective might be different on a whole range of topics in the very obvious way and in a whole lot of subtle ways. In the ebb and flow of life those differences are sometimes a lot more obvious to myself and others than at other times. That has been reflected here. All that notwithstanding, my perspective is my perspective, regardless of what informs it, just like everyone else. There are as it turns out a few people who use wheelchairs who are bloggers now too, but I didn’t know that then.

So after 100 posts and 4 years that’s why I blog. A shout out to Jaqi who once asked why I didn’t blog, Rebecca who answered a question and others like Tony who showed me how to do it with grace.

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