What an incredible year it has been for Barker’s View!
When I started this opinion blog in January, I could not have imagined that it would garner 43,775 views from nearly 30,000 (29,707 as of this writing) visitors, literally from around the world.
I am incredibly grateful to all of you for making that happen.
I have always believed that there is room for an alternative point-of-view in Volusia County. An opinion beyond the government soundbites and spin – a blogsite that holds those in positions of high responsibility accountable.
Something that lets them know we’re watching.
I’m delusional enough to believe that we are beginning to make a difference – and those in a position to affect change are taking notice.
All thanks to your loyal readership.
Writing Barker’s View has been incredibly cathartic. It has given me a purpose, much-needed social interaction, and the process continues to keep my mind limber.
At the end of the day, I’m still just a guy in my boxer shorts with too much time on my hands bashing about on the Internet – but your response to the writing, acceptance of my personal flaws, and friendship has been a true blessing in my life.
The best part of this experiment, for me, is hearing your feedback, discussing differing opinions and arguing the fine points.
Sometimes you agree with me – other times, you vehemently disagree. But we can remain friends and perhaps gain a better perspective on the important issues of the day through the civil debate of ideas.
I can’t think of anything more purely American than that.
Most of all, I have enjoyed meeting some of you, grabbing a beer or lunch with Barker’s View readers, and discussing the issues that are important to you.
We might even plan an informal get-together sometime soon – I’ll buy the keg.
Gratefully, some of the power brokers, politicians and appointed officials I skewer on this site reach out periodically and tell me how much they enjoy reading the blog – even when I take them to task. Please know that I appreciate your emails, texts and calls.
Thanks for keeping me honest – and confirming my suspicions from time-to-time.
In 2017, I hope to expand the site to include a weekly podcast – and just for fun – I’ve got some Barker’s View swag coming, like this cool new bumper sticker that will immediately improve the appearance of any car or truck to which it is affixed:
On this Thanksgiving 2016, please accept my sincere thanks and deep appreciation for your loyalty, friendship, and for taking time out of your busy day to read, think and form an opinion on the critical issues and news-makers of the day.
May God bless each of you and your families, and especially our men and women in uniform at home and abroad – our military and first responders – who go into harm’s way to protect us every day.
From the Barker Family to yours – Happy Thanksgiving!