I’ve been blessed with a cinematic form of daydreaming — sequences of images and narration that move seamlessly through time and space to tell a story. I don’t know whether this a common trait among people. It’s provided entertainment and distraction throughout this life. Riding at times provides a stage for a mini-series of adventures both real and imagined. Looking at the Vespa parked in the trees as the sun went down opened the door to a variety of mental adventures.
Recently many readers provided feedback, insight and suggestions in response to an online survey inquiring about possible products and directions that could appear on Scooter in the Sticks. The results will help discern wishful daydreaming from paths worth exploring. For those of you who responded — thank you. You’ve confirmed, rejected and illuminated the palette of vague ideas presented. The data collected will be useful in the decision making process.
There was one area that is worth noting, confirmation really of my own suspicions, is a fear that monetizing some part of the blog will extinguish the personal nature of the stories and content I share. These concerns strongly mirror my own. At this point in my life I do not want to feel constrained by external concerns that may affect how or what I write. And if I choose to create some tangible product to sell, it will have to be something I feel strongly about at a personal level.
The survey has helped to light the road ahead. While I’m not sure how or when some change or addition may take place, your generosity of idea and opinions has helped focus choices and possibilities.
Considering the scooter against the setting sun, that transition from day to evening is not unlike the change coming my way soon as I retire my career at Penn State. There’s a visceral sense of change in the air, one that will affect the routine choices made on a daily basis along with the direction taken with Scooter in the Sticks.
Thank you for your support with the adventures ahead.