Six years ago I started a little blog. Honestly I did it because all my online friends were starting them. We had a great group online but as folks began blogging (like Emilie and Missy) the group started to move in that direction so I jumped on board with the blogging thing.
I didn't know what to expect. I wasn't a writer (I thought), I didn't know what I had to say, all I knew was that I and already learned that online communities could be precious and that my current job made me keep parts of who made me me hidden. I needed a place to be me.
But I had no idea what would become of this little corner of space on the internet I called my own.
I didn't know I would meet a vast network of people who would become very dear to me.
I didn't know that I would learn that I can be a writer and that I enjoy it.
I didn't know that I would keep my sanity through very difficult times because of this place and people's support.
I didn't know that I could stick with a hobby for 6 years.
I didn't know that I would be able to share and process a very rocky pregnancy/birth experience so safely and supported on the internet.
I didn't know that I could be honest about my weight and my struggles.
I didn't know that I would be troll free on the blog 6 years later.
I didn't know I would have online friends become IRL friends...friends who would run 5ks with me, and meet me for coffee, or even take professional pictures of me and little goat just because I needed one.
What I didn't know could fill a book but suffice to say this blog has been a blessing to me (you'll have to ask Mr. Goat if it is for him too! LOL)
I could get very sappy about this tiny unimportant-to-anyone-but-me blog but I won't. Instead I just want to say THANK YOU. Thank you for reading and commenting and not judging. Thank you for getting to know the real me, and letting me be unabashedly me - geeky, anxiety-prone, fat, introverted me. You have no idea how you've all shaped my life during the past 6 years.
I almost gave up the blog a week ago. I was frustrated and blogging felt like one more thing that I HAD to do. But it really isn't, that was the frustration talking. Blogging is something I get to do, and I'm grateful for the opportunity.
So Happy Blogger-versary to me. To celebrate I finally bought my first real domain name. http://www.lutherliz.com It is my present to myself! The blog will now go their automatically but you may want to update your feeds. And I have a few other cosmetic changes in the works too. I hope you'll come visit and see when they go live.
Thank you everyone, I think I'm going to stick around for a while!