Six Years and Counting
Six years ago, on October 4, 2005, I hit publish on my very first blog post and never looked back. It has been one of the greatest things I've endeavored and I can’t begin to explain all that blogging has meant to me.
It has been with me through the announcements of three of my four pregnancies, two sisters’ weddings, post-partum depression, my sister’s struggle with infertility. It has allowed me to journal my lessons as a mom and wife, its given me a place to voice frustrations and rants. Its become the scrapbook of each child’s milestones and stories and pictures. Its given me nights of reading through the archives and making me misty from the forgotten moments.
This blog chronicles our story. My story.
6 years. It’s the longest I’ve kept a journal. I can’t begin to tell you how many journals I have in storage. I’d run my hands over the new cover and dream of the things I’d fill its pages with. I was so inspired that I’d write in it every day… for a month. Then it would drop to once or twice a week, then once or twice a month. Then not at all. And my half-empty journal joined all the other half-filled journals in the bottom of my dresser drawer, underneath my shirts and jeans.
The fact that I’ve maintained this journal for six years is beyond my comprehension. Yet, somehow I’ve done it and I’m so happy I did.
6 years… Wow.
And if I’d known then what I know about blogging, I would say this to my past self.
- The friendships made through blogging are very real. Some won’t understand and will think you’re crazy, but Amy in Washington is every bit as real and authentic and loved as those with I have history with..
- And some won’t understand the desire or willingness to be so open and transparent with the world wide web. Just smile and nod.
- Make sure you have approval from anyone who might be affected by a post… especially Jon, the sisters, and your mom. Sigh. Lesson learned.
- Figure out why you’re blogging and remain true to that reason. Don’t try to be someone you’re not.
- lf you’re willing to put yourself out there, just be aware that there will be judgments whether its asked for or not. Shake it off.
- If a post is ever questionable, sleep on it. You’ll thank me in the morning.
- Remember that there’s a chance that anyone you’ve ever met might stumble upon your little corner of the internet. And don’t be surprised when you’re introduced as “…this is the lady whose blog I shared with you.”
- This will become one of your greatest treasures. Its worth is immeasurable.
Thank you for following along on this journey of mine. I don’t know how you found me or if you know me through the internet or in real life, but I hope that this blog has touched you or made you laugh along the way. It certainly has shaped my life.