Today marks two years to the day from my very first blog post. (I can’t link to it- it’s just awful!) I’ve mentioned before how this blog came about: I was taking a night class at UCSD back when I thought I would go on to get a master’s degree or advanced marketing certificate and creating a blog was an assignment. By the time the twelve-week class had wrapped, I was hooked, so I just kept going.
Two years later, this has become such a huge part of my life. It’s brought me friends, both online and “real-life.” It’s forced me to document changes and daily happenings and silly things my kids do. It’s caused me to think more deeply about my words and to strive to become a much better writer (so much more to grow on this front!). It gives me a reason to pick up my camera. Sometimes it even compels me to put on a cuter outfit, though at this point, I think the post featuring that sexy white dress may have marked my very last post as a “model.”
There have been days I’ve overshared, big-time. There have been many more days when I know I could go deeper, could write something more truthful but I don’t. I’ve learned that this space may belong to me, but that my stories also belong to my friends and family, and they aren’t always as eager to share with the whole internet world. Other times, I’ve actually grown closer to people directly because of posts I’ve written. After I blogged about my dad, he sent me a note that I will cherish for the rest of my life, full of things he had never said to me before.
I went through a period of time when I took all kinds of blogging e-courses and attended conferences. I had grand visions of growing this blog into something huge. But I have backed away from that recently. I’m not sure what I want this blog to be, and I am trying to just write what I want to write, to keep it fun and low-pressure. I’m also trying not to choose post topics solely based on statistics, because believe me, if I were, I would stop posting my music mixes! They don’t get the hits other posts do, but I listen to them over and over after I make them, so you’re stuck with them
This is my (typically) long-winded way of saying thank you. I am grateful for all of you who read this little blog. I’m incredibly thankful for your responses, via email, comments or Tweets. I love this community and I hope you’ll stick around to see what more this year has in store. Who knows, maybe it will even bring a second blog appearance from my very own man of mystery! xoxo