Giving thanks

November 27, 2011 | Leave a comment

This year, I had my first ever American Thanksgiving with my whole nuclear family. We’ve celebrated it before in the States, but never quite managed to get the whole family round the table – and in doing so, I realized what a positive holiday it is. Being thankful for the people, things and contexts in our lives is important, I think, and it’s nice to be able to do so without any other ideological or philosophical overtones. I’m a fan – and thankful beyond words for my family and friends, and for the context I grew up in.

This blog has traditionally been about web technology, so I’d like to say:

Thank you to the people who push the web forward. To everyone working on open technologies, standards, browsers, decentralized mechanisms and new user experience models; to the people who write, evangelize and promote the web way of doing things; to the people who put usable, ethical tools that empower users into the right hands. You’re making the world a better place – not to mention allow me to have a really interesting career – and I am in awe of what you do.

More personally (or selfishly, depending on how you want to look at it), thank you also to everyone who’s supported me and my writing over the years. I’ve been blogging for almost thirteen years in one place or another, but many of you became aware of me during my Elgg years. The support I’ve had since then has allowed me to have countless adventures that would have otherwise been impossible. Thank you.

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