Today is my two-year blogiversary. On June 6, 2012, I sat down and wrote my first blog post. Like snowboarding and waiting tables in college, I remember blogging being hard and unfamiliar at first. I remember thinking that the idea of it was really cool but that it probably wouldn’t manifest into anything. Manipulating and working in WordPress was the main aspect that was so awkward, but now I wonder why I thought it was so confusing in the first place.
I’ve always loved to write. When I was a little girl (maybe eight-years old), I mailed a children’s book I’d written on notebook paper to a publisher truly thinking they would like it enough to publish it. That was a good lesson in wishful thinking and disappointment. Throughout school, English was my favorite subject. I never groaned when a paper was assigned, but give me a chemistry lab or a calculus problem, and my stomach churned.
In college and after, I wrote poems on cocktail napkins and in friends’ wedding programs. I wrote a book which still sits in the black hole of my computer. Finally in 2011, I began writing on a professional level. Writing is not my primary career; I am also a middle school educator, but I write and blog on the side.
Some people knit in their spare time, others make crafts…I write.
To me, blogging is another form of writing. There are words I want to say to other parents, to my family, and especially to my children. Blogging gives me a way to do that. I love that blogging has allowed me to chronicle events in my life while connecting with other moms and dads.
I’ve also made some great friends at blogging conferences and in the blogosphere. It’s akin to folks who ride Harley Davidson motorcycles. When bloggers meet one another, we give each other a knowing look. There’s an immediate connection.
I don’t know how long my two boys will want their mom telling stories about them but for now, I love blogging and plan to continue doing it. It makes me happy, and I’m all for things that make people happy.
If you’ve thought about starting a blog but have yet to do it, go for it! Even if you only blog once or twice a month, it feels so good to put thoughts and words to “paper” and to be able to go back and read it. You may have to get up a little earlier or go to bed a bit later, but I promise you, it’s worth it.
As they say, “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” Happy blogging!