Retiring my blog, while keeping it alive

Thanks to everyone who has supported this blog and visited my site. I appreciate your interest and comments over the past six years.
Rudy Owens, taken in October 2018, in Portland, Oregon

In the spring of 2012, I took up blogging to share my perspectives on public health, the field I was entering and completing graduate studies in, at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Since that time, my blog has racked up more than 79,000 page views and 56,000 visitors. To everyone who visited the past six years, I want to say, thanks for stopping by and thanks for taking the time read my essays on topics that bring together many of my research and personal passions. It has been a blast.

During these last six years, my blog evolved. I first posted about public health topics I cared about. This included everything from the benefits of pet ownership to the need for greater gun control to the prevalence of vaccination deniers in my current state of Oregon. For the past two years I blogged more frequently about adoption policy issues and my efforts to achieve equal treatment under the law to access my original birth records.

From 2016 to 2018, I also was writing and finishing my memoir, called You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are. It offers a critical look at the U.S. adoption experience as a major public health issue and a political system that denies millions of adoptees equal treatment by law.

That huge project, on top of a full-time job, often kept me from publishing essays here.

In the last two years, I have been posting most of my new content on my book website, and even re-posting some of those essays here. I also have been creating longer written essays with my photography work. I continue to publish photo essays on my photo blog.

If you have been a visitor in the past, I encourage you to visit and bookmark these sites for my more current work:

All of the content, research, and essays I published here will remain live and here for some time to come. I still get daily visitors from around the world and want to ensure they find the material that brought them to this site.

You are welcome to bookmark my work. Please contact me about other uses of work, which I outline here. Enjoy your visit.

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Changing my blog name, but keeping the blog

I care a lot about a lot of things. My interests in many policy, health, and global issues inform the posts I shared on this blog. But sometimes, it's important not to take things too seriously. If that means suring where a great white attacked a fellow surfer, humor is probably the best antidote to fear. My Friend and I had a great day and respected the ocean, home to so many wonderful things.
I care a lot about a lot of things. My interests in many policy, health, and global issues inform the posts I have shared on this blog. Sometimes, it is important not to take things too seriously. If that means surfing where a great white attacked a fellow surfer, humor is probably the best antidote to fear. My friend and I had a great day and respected the ocean, home to so many wonderful things.

I have retired my old blog name of Iwonderandwander.rudyfoto.com. Let’s face it, that was a mouthful. I am now redirecting that site and all of its content and my past blog posts there to the newly named website, rudyowensblog.com. From now on, typing either in the URL line of a browser will open up this blog that I first created in 2012.

I wanted to align this blog with my primary web site, http://www.rudyowens.com, at least in name. I also wanted to have this domain more clearly linked to my brand as a writer, photographer, essayist, and blogger. It will take a few days for the web spiders to find the newly directed web site. Changing my blog name will also support the forthcoming publication of my new book profiling the American adoption experience that will draw upon content I have been publishing on my old Iwonderandwander.rudyfoto.com site.

I hope all of my new and old visitors will bookmark this site. Send me an email. Tell me what you think about my writings. I want to hear from visitors who have found me and, I hope, enjoyed my writing. Have a great day, everyone.