That’s, like, ancient in blog years.
(Technically, I started a blog on Xanga (Xanga!!) two years before, when I originally moved to Boston for grad school. But it was mostly to keep in touch with family, and I barely wrote anything. So I don’t really count that time.)
It was five years ago that I moved back to California from Boston started my blog over at Vox, hoping to have a new creative outlet now that I was done with school. Before I knew it, I had a little Vox crew and started on the journey of meeting some of the best people I know.
I started my blog as just a place to write about random stuff, and, over the first year or so, I posted more and more book reviews. At the beginning of 2009, I started a read-a-thon for myself, and moved my book reviews here to WordPress as a place to track what I’d been reading. I read 75 books that year, and raised over $5000 for Blood:Water Mission. Since then, Vox has shut down (RIP) and this blog has become a place for my book reviews and other scattered musings on life.
Like so many bloggers, I have a hard time quantifying the joy that I get blogging. I love having this community of friends and other bloggers who don’t think it’s weird that I’ve flown out to other states to meet friends that I’ve been blogging with for years. I love reading other blogs and joining in the larger conversations about books and life. I love being creative and having a place to work through things I go through in a somewhat public sort of way — the advice you all offer me is priceless. Your support and love seem endless.
So on my blogiversary, I want to thank all of you who help make blogging so enjoyable to me. I love you all and am so thankful for your friendships. May we all blog together for years to come!