Thursday, June 30, 2011

6 year blogger-versary

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.   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!

8 comments: said...

Woohoo! Congrats on your .com! I am so glad that you are continuing to write I so enjoy your writing.
Congrats on your blogaversary!

(btw the .com works)

Melinda said...

Congrats on your blogiversary!

Laura P said...

Congratulations on 6 years of blogging and for sticking with it. I think it's kind of neat the people that we can meet through blogging and twitter. Also, congrats on the dot com.

Denise said...

Congrats! :)

Sabrina said...

WOW!! 6 years?!?! I never realized it had been that long. Amazing! I consider myself so blessed to know you. Thanks for being you!

Momma Hunt said...

Whoa sick years that is impressive. Congrats!

Bonnie@TheFragileXFiles said...

The great thing about a blog is, if you don't feel like doing it for a few days, no biggie -- just take a few days off. Won't take long before you'll be inspired by something....and get back into it! Love your blog, you are a great writer!

Marie said...

Congratulations, Liz. I truly enjoy reading your blog and am so glad that we were able to connect in person (even though it's been a while). You are an inspiration!