I’m celebrating a landmark today—this is my 800th piece on the From Labor To Refreshment blog! I’ve also just passed 550K readers on this blog. I started this about 12 years ago, and I posted primarily leftovers from my book research in the beginning. Later I wrote original pieces about Freemasonry, Masonic events, different appendant bodies, history, travel, book reviews, humor, updates about books projects… you name it and I’ve written about it. I’ve written quite a few series on here as well, the Benjamin Franklin series I’ve been re-running lately was one of those. Also my “Freemason Or Not?” series has been a perennial favorite—I’ve continued that one on The Midnight Freemasons.
About six years ago, this blog, which was then The Midnight Freemason became plural and moved to a new URL The Midnight Freemasons as a contributor blog. We’ve had many contributing “Midnight Freemasons” that have come and gone over the years, but the blog has become wildly popular. We have over 3 million readers of The Midnight Freemasons blog!
But I still like to write on this blog, because this is my sandbox. It’s a smaller audience, and very often I try themes and ideas out here before further refining those ideas into a Midnight Freemasons piece. And it’s a little more casual and less Freemasonry themed here… so I often write on topics that have captured my interest that may or may not have anything to do with the Craft. However, one of the plans I have going forward on this blog is to chronicle some of my road trip adventures as the new Eastern Area Education Officer for the Grand Lodge of Illinois A.F. & A.M. I’ve already visited a few very impressive buildings, and seen some remarkable things readers may well enjoy. I’ll hope to be doing some of this travel going forward with a couple Midnight Freemasons you may know i.e. Greg Knott and Darin Lahners—the thing about Eastern Illinois is that it is spread out, so that means there’s a lot of distance between the one hundred Lodges in my area. I’m smack in the middle of it, and It’s about an hour and a half to the furthers North, South and West boundaries—so some company in the car is a nice thing to have.
So here we go on our way to 800 pieces more (I’m not even counting the 100+ I’ve posted on The Midnight Freemasons or the articles I’ve written over the years). Thank you all for your attention over the years. I truly appreciate it. My journey in Freemasonry has been rich indeed, and I owe much of that experience to the support I’ve received from Brothers I’ve never met who like some of the things I have to say.
Thank you so much!
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Todd E. Creason, 33°