Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Five years of blogging

Today is the 5th anniversary of the start of Tim's El Salvador Blog.

I'm in El Salvador as I write this post, having just participated in the commemorations of the murder of the Jesuits and the subversive cross. I'm also here to understand more of the country's needs following the floods of a week ago.

This trip captures many of the themes which have been part of the blog over the years -- the legacy of the civil war, how justice can prevail over impunity, and El Salvador's vulnerability to natural disasters from hurricanes to earthquakes and volcanoes. As our group chooses when and where to travel, I am mindful of El Salvador's surging crime problem, while at the same time appreciating the beauty of the countryside which made El Salvador one of Lonely Planet's top 10 countries to visit. The elections of 2009 probably used up more of the 1400 posts I have written than any other topics, elections which resulted in the historic peaceful transfer of power to the country's first left-wing president.

Thanks to everyone who has participated by commenting on the blog, by sending me a suggestion, or recommending the blog to a friend. The next 5 years of the blog starts today.

13 comments:

Otto Rock said...

congrats, Tim

Ivy F. said...

Tim, Thank you for your faithful companionship with the El Salvador Community. You truly do Walk With El Salvador, and you inspire me daily.
Ivy Finkenstadt (formerly Lange)

Victor said...

Felicidades Tim, y muchas gracias por dar a conocer la realidad de mi país al extranjero de una manera tan correcta.

Saludos

Victor

Rodrigo said...

Congrats Tim! I've been following your blog for years, it's great.

Norma said...

Tim, I just discovered your blog this fall after I returned from a trip to El Salvador. I am so grateful to you! Your blog is really helpful in keeping us informed about what is going on in El Salvador. Thank you!

lisamac said...

Congrats and thank you Tim! Now that my best friend & comadre looks like she'll be moving back to Salvador, I will be counting on your words to bridge the miles. Your work is vital to me!

mark@wcrf said...

Tim - thanks so much for this invaluable service. My first trip to ES was 3 years ago, and I can't wait to return with a short-term team in January. One of the first resources we provided our team was a link to this site...muchisimas gracias!

anothermom said...

Congratulations, Tim! I have learned so much from your blog about El Salvador's history and current events. I'll be looking for your assessment of the flooding and what is being done to help. Thankfully, my peace corps daughter is OK. Take care.

POLYCARPIO said...

Felicidades and God bless.

Mike said...

Tim, thanks for keeping us informed about events in ES.

Joe said...

Congratulations Tim! Your blog has helped me keep my Salvador trip memories alive.

Griselda said...

FELICIDADES DEAR TIM.
We could celebrate that with PUPUSAS, NUEGADOS, YUCA FRITA.
:-)

best wishes.....

Tim said...

Thanks to everyone for all your nice comments. I look forward to our ongoing discussions, debates and learning together in the next 5 years.

Tim