A WordPress notification popped up just now. Apparently, it’s my 7 year anniversary on this blog. Whoa, that seems a bit unreal. 7 years?
Back then, I was one of those, “Blog?? Oh no, not me! I’m NEVER going to have a blog! No sir! Ugh uh. Hard pass.”
A sudden week’s worth of hospital days/ mystery illness changed that. In the midst of night time hours, while my family slept, I started this blog.
I was sooooooo nervous. I’d spent a lifetime doing what I love doing- writing and taking photographs, but put them out into the world? Umm, no.
My mom was not onboard. She couldn’t really get her mind around what a blog was or why in the world I thought I needed one. It reminds me of the movie, “Julie and Julia” where Julie’s mom has the same sort of reactions.
I carried forward anyway and mom became one of my top readers. She signed up for email alerts. She got notified and read all my posts.
It didn’t seem to take long for her to understand my sudden urge to blog. She stepped right up and into this blogging adventure.
She stood by me when I had zero WP follows and stuck with me when I had 100.
She’d comment on my posts, a few words here and there about what she learned or liked.
Heck, she’d even welcome me back after I had long dry spells in writing. And, I have had some looooooong dry spells!!!
Last week I considered quitting this blog.
I have been so absolutely torn about HOW to write about loss, carry forward with other writing, and circle back to loss if I need to. It is absolutely exhausting trying to figure out how to write right now.
Being totally open, to a bit vulnerable, then switching to regular stuff, only to need to write more vulnerable stuff?
It’s like a teeter totter that’s lost it’s balance.
“Forget it,” I thought. “This is too hard. No wonder people don’t write about this! I’m quitting!!!!!”
But, teeter totters don’t get up and walk off the playground, so neither will I.
When I started this blog all those years ago, I did it on the premise that if I could help one person, I’d keep on writing.
ONE person. That’s a pretty darn good reason to write.
And, you know what?
I didn’t see this until RIGHT this second, but dang, maybe that one person, for today anyway, is me.
Here’s to 7 more years!!!
Thank you for reading.
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