Three years ago...
...I decided to just do it, already, and start a blog. Who cares if the name isn't perfect, or if my user name isn't clever and perfect. A detail like that could have hung me up for months, but that day, I just said, "Self, get over yourself" and dove in.
So I have a yearly bleg from my readers. As I have mentioned before, I do not have a stat counter or any other sort of high tech thingy to tell me how many people visit here. So today, just once a year, I ask if you could please leave a little comment, a simple hello, hi, good day, or whatever, so I can get a whole bunch of affirmation. =) I will be reconstructing my blog roll soon, and this would also give me a terrific place to begin compiling the list.
It's funny, when I started blogging, I thought I was late to the party and was joining the company of many established blogs. But now I notice three year anniversary posts around and realized many of us started at the same time.
Blogging has been a marvelous, fun, enlightening, and endearing activity. I was thinking of all the people that have gone, like Akeya, Mere's mom, M'lynn, and Philothea Rose (who was my first commenter), a lady in Las Vegas, Suz, and others. That is one of the hardest parts of blogging. People just disappear. But, the input and encouragement from everyone, those that have left the blogoshpere, and those who visit and comment currently, have assisted me greatly in my quest to become a better woman.
The pitfalls? Time gobbled up if I am not careful, the feeling of pouring out my soul, and getting minimal feedback, or wondering if all this desire for being noticed and befriended is even healthy.
The benefits for me have been that I have met some wonderful, lovely people, have made friendships I believe will last long after blogging is finished, and the daily encouragement to be better, love more, live fully. As a counter-cultural family, I appreciate the ability to see and know I am not alone in they way I am trying to live out my vocation. I appreciate that more that you will ever know.
So, again, please drop me a note. In honor of the occasion I will turn off the annoying little letter thingy (comment verification) for a while.
Does anyone know, or care to guess how I chose the name Mary Poppins NOT? There might be a prize involved.
***UPDATE*** Thank you, guys! Sorry I've been absent, but my internet is spotty. Once we get it fixed, I'll be back more regularly.
(photo credit: my brother took this picture at my last birthday)