It's hard to believe, but it was three years ago today that I wrote my inaugural post for this blog.
I'm not sure when I first became aware of blogging, but I distinctly remember when I became fascinated by it. I was sitting up late one January evening, sipping a glass of wine and perusing knitting books at Amazon when I stumbled upon Laurie Perry's Drunk Divorced and Covered in Cat Hair (subtitled The True Life Adventures of a 30-Something Who Learned to Knit After He Split). How could I resist a title like that? I ordered the book that night and devoured it as soon as it arrived.
At the end of the book, I learned that Laurie wrote a blog, and as smitten with her as I was, I promptly checked that out, too. Turned out Laurie had been blogging since January, 2005 so it took me a while to catch up, but eventually I did and I haven't missed a post since. Her blog is honest and compelling and warm and wise and hilarious and heartbreaking all at the same time. If you have never visited her site, I highly recommend it.
Anyway, the whole idea of blogging really resonated with me, but it took me several months to actually take the plunge. But on July 6, 2008 I did. If you want to read that first post, click HERE. When I first started, I honestly thought my blog would be a lot like Laurie's, except not as funny. (I wish!) But I think I have remained true to my original vision:
In this blog I will share many, many adventures. I am a single mom, a daughter and a sister; a music maker and piano teacher; a writer; a lover and a friend; a dog owner; a maker of things, including but not limited to collage art, knitting, crocheting, quilting, and beading. I cook and bake and clean and do laundry and all the other several hundred things it takes to keep a household running. To tell you the truth, I often have a hard time keeping up with everything and maintaining order and balance in my life...I am hoping that writing about it will help.
And it HAS helped - not just the writing about it, but the support and encouragement you provide me through your comments - here, on Facebook, and sometimes even in person. My life has taken some funny turns during these three years. I have lost a brother, ended a four-year relationship, dabbled in online dating, gotten engaged to a guy I met on a cruise, dabbled in step-parenting, broken the engagement, dated some more, dealt with some difficult situations with my kids, turned my beading into a business.
And now I am blogging regularly on THREE websites, occasionally on a few others - and I have started a journey as a novelist that I hope will result in publication. Last night, as I struggled with yet another difficult scene in my revision, I couldn't help but ask myself, "Why are you writing a book when you could be having FUN?" So I posed the question on Facebook and Twitter and got some positive feedback and then I felt better. And it beat the heck out of punching a hole in my laptop screen.
I took a deep breath, and I got back to work.
Thank you for joining me in my celebration. Thank you for reading this blog, and following this blog, and sharing your love and wisdom in your comments. I appreciate it more than you can possibly imagine.
And here's to the future!