Today's a "big" day for my little blog - it turns eight years old! It's seems a bit crazy to me that I've been blogging for eight years, but clearly I've found things to share - there are over 4,000 posts in my archives! So I guess my blog's not really so little anymore!
Back in March 2006, I was a 30-something mother of three boys - ages 10, 6 and 4 - and we were in the thick of our homeschooling years. Our youngest had just been diagosed with autism and we were confronting a whole new set of challenges. At that time I was part of a vibrant online community of Catholic homeschoolers, and several women had started their own blogs ... beautiful, interesting places to visit and ponder. I was quickly enthralled with this new medium, and tempted to try it myself ... but I remember thinking, how on earth will I have time to do this? And what on earth will I talk about ... will anybody listen? Will anyone (gulp) "talk back?"
I began with little posts (and tiny pictures!) about nature, poetry and homeschooling, and things built from there. I do still talk about those things but lots of other topics, too. (I tend to "hopscotch" around as you know.) Blogging was, and is, a great creative outlet for me - but most of all it's been a fun way to "scrapbook" the days of my family's life. It's given friends and extended family a chance to see what we get up to, and watch our kids grow ... and it's allowed me to write about things that interest and inspire me.
This eight year journey has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life - I've met wonderful people, made dear friends and learned all kinds of new things ... so to everyone who has ever stopped by and read, perhaps left a comment, participated in a "chat" or linked to me from someplace else ...
I am so grateful that you spend some of your precious time here. Goodness knows I understand how precious "free time" is these days! Thank you for lending me your ear, sharing your thoughts, helping me hash things out and offering your prayers when I've asked. Having your company here has made my blogging journey all the more exciting and rewarding!
So happy birthday, little blog - thank you for keeping my "wheels turning" all these years! Here's to - God wiling! - many more.
Enjoy your weekend my friends ... see you here again very soon!
p.s. Not that I tweet myself, but here's a fun fact - Twitter had its own 8th birthday yesterday! I am on Facebook however, so please join me over there if you'd "like." ;)