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It’s New Year’s Eve and time to take a little stock in the past year, especially as it relates to this blog.  I started the blog in March when I realized that I needed some way to do a couple of things:

1. Have somewhere people back home could follow our trip to Finland.

2. Have somewhere I could post all the thoughts going on in my head out somewhere so I don’t dump it all on my wife.

These continue to be the main motivations for this blog.  It’s been amazing to see so many people take an interest in what I write about and post pictures on.  I’m quite humbled by this.

When I look at it, I think there are two different types of visitors to the blog:

1.  Those that are travel enthusiasts and enjoy seeing pictures from far away lands with some details about the locations.  These visitors appreciate that fact that I don’t throw a bazillion pictures down in one post.  My promise to you is to keep doing what I’m doing.

2.  The second type of visitor to this blog is those who don’t mind, or actually might enjoy the travel posts, but come to the blog because of the religion/theology/other deep stuff.  You keep coming back, commenting, engaging with me, etc.  It’s great to hear from people on these subjects – to know I’m not just some crazy person out here.  My promise to you is to keep posting my thoughts, posting interesting articles, reflections on the church, reflections on the church in Finland, etc.

It’s been an awesome year for this blog.  I’m having fun with it and based on the number of people who visit (with the number increasing over time), you’re enjoying reading/seeing pictures of what I post.  That’s what I call a win-win situation.

I hope you all have a great New Years.  Tomorrow I’ll be posting on my goals for the blog for 2015 – both travel and religion portions of it and then I’ll be back to posting regularly on Monday.

All the best,

Matthew