The other day I was poking around my site looking for ways to “improve” it (Read: delete old stuff) and I noticed in my bio it says I’ve been blogging since 2011. Now I’m not what you’d call “good with the math” but even I can figure out that’s 10 years.
10 years. Wow, I feel like I should celebrate or something. I guess this is the something.
I’ve definitely not been consistent. There’s a gap from July 2013 to January 2016 that still causes me a boatload of sadness. I switched site providers and lost everything, including my daily posts of our cross-country move. That stings. But if you go far enough back you’ll find my very first blog post (which was originally on Blogger) titled:
It’s the post where I came out of the metaphorical writing closet onto a pink–if I remember correctly–background Blogger page announcing my intention to “be a writer”. There are a lot of air quotes in the post. I apologize.
Fun fact: I’m pretty sure the typewriter photo used above is the same one I used on that first blog post.
The post date says July 13, 2011, though it’s entirely possible the original Blogger post was written several months earlier. I can’t remember exactly. Dude, I’m like almost 42 and I can barely remember what I did a year ago let alone ten.
Back when blogging was new and shiny I was consistent. Three posts a month at least. Maybe more. Annoyingly consistent I’m sure for those who followed me. Back then it was a couple IRL friends and a shit-ton of new writer friends who I met on Twitter. (Yeah, I used to really like Twitter.) The posts were mostly short blurbs about my writing journey or creativity or art or inspiration. Very classy shit.
Now I’m lucky to get my act together enough to post three times a year. My posts are less The creative world is so shiny! and more Ugh, this is hard. Or maybe that’s just me looking back with those rose-coloured glasses of the past. Either way I have my moments in both camps.
I rarely go back and read what I’ve written. Actually I’ve never done that. It’s probably a lot of cringe-worthy nonsense but that’s okay. It’s a journey. So here’s to 10 years of babbling into the blogosphere or whatever you cool kids are calling it these days. I’m definitely not “up with any lingo” anymore.
Thank you to those who have stuck with me over the years. Thank you to those who are new here. I’ll try to be better at posting. Maybe. Do people even read blogs anymore?