Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Milestones, and the road ahead

In the past week this blog reached two important milestones.

First, it's two years old. Two years since the first post on January 12, 2012. Getting ready for a Route 66 trip, a lifetime ago. As a friend says, "the journey goes on and on!"

The second milestone is number of posts. The Sydney Melbourne post Down the Riverina is number 400. 400! (If you've been staring at the top level of the blog wondering why it seems to be static right now, this is where most new content is going.)

Thanks for coming along for the ride!

New Media Expo in Las Vegas had some really good speakers and sessions. This triggered some thinking on how to reach a larger audience. Build a community. People interested in brain injury and neuroscience are starting to pop up on social media. That's new and good!

As I work on reaching that community, you might see some ripple effects here at Route 66, a journey. The plan is to launch a podcast series in March, with survivors of brain injury as well as (select) professionals in the field. If you know anyone like this, please! get in touch. I'd love to talk with them.

I'm also starting the process of looking for external work. This has been great brain exercise, and very fulfilling, and wonderful in many ways. The discipline of writing has been helpful. But currently no dollars are coming in. The Internet changes everything, except when it doesn't. On the flip side, I'm feeling better and am probably ready to venture forth.

It's possible I'll be posting here less frequently. Right now I'm having trouble balancing everything that needs to happen. We'll have to see how it goes. I probably won't write about every single bike ride in 2014. But you never know, those (two-year-)old habits die hard...


  1. I love that photo. (I helped someone do thesis work out of Searchlight!) (I lasted three days and that was how I discovered the importance of THE RIGHT GEAR. It was January, and I had summer weight everything.)
    When you say external are you going to make the blog pay/write professionally? Or are you thinking of wading back into the (I think it was) project management you were doing before?

  2. Number one, I would be thrilled to give my input to your project. Two, try looking up my neurosurgeon, Dr. Njchekube (I think that's how it's spelled) and my neurologist, Dr. Raoul Guisado.... also, my psychiatrist, Dr. Champlain (who specializes in TBI, as well as being married to a Parkinson's patient). Three, I've been planning on writing a book about TBI to help survivors and caregivers/family members know what to expect post-injury - would you like to contribute? Four - I look forward to following your progress!

  3. Congratulations, dear sister, and we've got your back in case that's ever necessary!!! :)