Today marks three years since the advent of this blog, originally designed to augment the photos and stories in the Menasha book that was published in June, 2012. In those three years, we have not only seen the publication of the Menasha book but also, through no efforts (or fault?!) of my own, companion volumes published about the surrounding communities of Appleton, Kaukauna, and a little place to our south called Neenah. Did the book or maybe even my blog inspire those writers to do what they did? I'm not that vain to think it did! But I am proud that Menasha's book was the first of its kind in the Fox Valley, for whatever that's worth.
For what was designed initially as a simple means to generate interest in the book and to last for just a "little while,"...well, I guess I've just quite never figured out how little of a while it should be. To be honest, some topics are definitely more detailed than others; some subjects get re-opened and embellished from time to time, while many others bear the stamp of "history lite." Some would say how "historical" is it to obsess on an old matchbook or postcard? And I'd reply that my intention has always been that history needn't be boring to be meaningful. Facts and figures are fine as they go, but more importantly, if I can generate a feeling inside the reader and something clicks- nostalgia, a memory, an anecdote...then I've done my job. So what if it takes an old grocery store ad or other cultural detritus to do that. As I state in the Facebook summaries each day, it's an eclectic mix.
I have you all to thank for keeping up with me these past three years. Without your input and support, I doubt I'd have kept this going this long...not that I'm ready to stop any time soon. But, to paraphrase the popular children's book's title, I like to think that it's "the little blog that could." Thanks again. See you Monday as we embark on a fourth year.