It didn't hit me till just now: One year ago, yesterday, I posted my very first blog post.
(Yes, I know, I am a day late, but I have a very good reason -- I was busy stuffing my face with Easter evil candy and regaining the 3 lbs it took me two weeks of starvation and exercise to lose.)
So, happy anniversary to you, Monday Morning Musings, you cheeky blog you!
I won't lie to you: the first few months were a very lonely experience. Hardly anyone read it, practically no one commented, and my family was sick and tired of receiving emails from me with only links to my posts. Plus that's all I wanted to talk about, blog-this, blog-that (I quickly got a new nickname, and it wasn't pretty, so don't make me repeat it).
Along the way I found my voice. I found my truth. I found myself. No, I didn't blog about every single epiphany, but I discovered my boundaries. And I had to come up with rules of conduct for myself, which necessitated asking the hard questions about what kind of writer I wanted to be, and that stemmed directly from understanding who I am and what I stand for. This journey of self-discovery is a work in progress, and I look forward to continuing it.
I met some fantastic people, along the way. People who believed in me, supported me, guided my ignorant ways (Hi Jeri!). People I'd never met, who didn't know me from Adam. But who showed up on my stats, much to my surprise, week in, week out. People from places I'd never even heard of and had to look up on a map.
Then I joined BlogHer. To say that I was unprepared for the warm reception is the understatement of the century. I was immediately floored by the shocking candor and the genuine camaraderie of the women I found in here. Women I now consider my friends, even though I've never met them before. These creative, unique, passionate, smart, funny, and inspiring women who embraced me as one of their own. I am forever grateful to them-- to you, ladies.
:: sniffles :: Dammit, you're gonna make me cry. That's gonna ruin my makeup!
:: breathes, composes self ::
:: dabs at makeup, daintily ::
This week there has been a lot of talk about why people blog. I may still be working on the why, but I can tell you the how. This is how it began, for me:
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it. Though it's a cliché that people often misuse, I can assuredly say that it definitely changed my life!
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