Three years? Three years! Is that really possible? It seems like just yesterday that I was talking to my friend Amy about her blog and she was encouraging me to start one of my own. And once we arrived in Africa, I made the leap and wrote my very first post. It's funny looking back at that first year. I would usually only post about once a month and every post would be a random mish mash of everything that was going on. As time progressed, I started writing more and more, and my blog, as cheesy as it sounds, really started to mean a lot to me.
Since then I've often wondered why blogging became important to me. I've wondered why it is the one hobby that I've actually stuck with. Not too long ago I came to the realization that it's because it has been a constant in our crazy life of change. No matter where we were in the world or what kind of transition we were going through, I could count on my blog to "be there."
I guess you could say it's been like an old friend at times when I felt like I really didn't have any friends. Being the new person can be really hard sometimes but I think the transitions were a bit easier than they could have been because I had this little corner of the world wide web. I know I sound like a complete nerd when I say that, but I don't care. Because it's true.
Of course, along with the benefits of blogging come what I like to call blogger problems. These are all minor, really, but they are definitely true.
-I have a hard time telling new friends about the blog. I just don't quite know how to bring it up and I certainly don't know how to explain why I do it to a non-blogger. A lot of people just don't get it.
-Sometimes when I'm telling a friend something I can tell by the look on their face that they already know the story. I'll be certain that I haven't told it to them and then realize that they must have read it on the blog.
-Every craft/DIY project requires a multitude of pictures so that I can blog about it. All that picture taking can sometimes slow down the process of the actual process.
-Writer's block can cause me to waste too much time. Sometimes I just sit forever trying to think of something to write about.
-It can be really hard to put yourself out there. Most of my writing is pretty light hearted and fun, but I do occasionally share a little more. There are times that I wonder if I might have over shared just a little bit...
-The judgies are out there. I haven't really run into this like the bigger bloggers, but I know it happens. No matter what you do, there are going to be people out there that judge you for one reason or another. I think that's just part of sharing your life with strangers.
-Blogging takes a lot of time. I'm not sure about everyone else, but sometimes a post can take me over an hour to write. This is especially true if it has a lot of pictures. (During this hour I'm also known to click to about 10 different tabs, so that could be part of the problem too!) ;)
Obviously I don't take any of these problems too seriously or I would have stopped blogging. To me, having all of these wonderful memories to look back on is enough to keep me going. And with that I'll say Happy Blogiversary, my dear Little Moments Like This. Here's to many, many more...