I am so glad to hear that people are passing this site on to other people. I feel, though, that ought to provide the site with a small disclaimer in that case, however!
Basically, I just want everyone to know that this is not a scholarly site that should ever be sited in even the most casual of academic exercises. I claim absolutely no knowledge of anything at all that I am talking about! I began this site as a way to relate my impressions of Togo to my family and friends. These impressions may be completely wrong. I am sure that several of my fellow PCVs would strongly disagree with them, and I fully expect to disagree with some of these observations myself as I spend more time exploring this new environment.
It is also important for everyone to know that this is not the definitive plan for being a Peace Corps Volunteer. There are lots and lots of valuable ways to be a PCV; just because I prioritize certain goals for my service doesn't mean that I don't see the extreme benefits that arise from the goals of other PCVs.
Next, it would be very helpful to me if everyone could read through the site before suggesting it to people who might get upset by it. I haven't taken the time to record some of the difficult things here, but they do exist. In fact, difficulties abound. A letter from my cousin reminded me that Americans try to shelter certain people from the things that can be utterly depressing. I feel like the site would be a lie if I made it sound overly cheerful without representing Togo's hardships, but I am still looking for a way to preserve reader-friendliness. I'd greatly appreciate it if you could all act as editors, reading over the site before before suggesting it to other people and letting me know if you think something should be removed.
On a lighter note, I take absolutely no responsibility for any embarrassment readers incur due to having suggested my site to someone else. If you suggest my site to a friend, that friends decides that I am a nut and you are a nut by association, it's not my fault!
Now that my worries have been voiced, I have to admit that I greatly look forward to working on this site, sometimes even waking up in the middle of the night with a new idea that I want to incorporate. Similarly, I even-more-greatly look forward to reading your comments, questions, and suggestions! Keep the e-mails rollin' in!