I’ve been around these here interwebs for a while, and I think I know a thing or two about this whole blogging thing. Six years of blogging is like, oh, a hundred real years. The average lifespan of a blog is about that of a fruit fly (something like 80% of blogs are abandoned in the first month), so I’m absolutely ancient around here.
I’m watching some of my friends celebrate their one- and two-year bloggiversaries and I say to myself, “Back in my day, we didn’t have these fancy WordPress plug-ins. We did it all ourselves! We used the HTML! And now you crazy hooligans, get off my virtual lawn!”
*shakes virtual fist while sitting on virtual porch wearing a virtual muumuu*
So what has six years here taught me?
- People from the internet are way cool, and generally will not murder you in the woods if you meet in real life.
- Sometimes it’s OK to take a break. Sometimes it’s OK to have nothing to say.
- If there are few people around who “get” you in real life, there are hundreds just waiting to meet you on the internet.
- Blogging helps me clarify my life. I work through things out loud and my friends here are the perfect sounding board.
- Sometimes no one comments on the coolest things, so clearly everyone have been temporarily abducted by aliens.
- Blogging regularly requires a lot of time, heart, and effort. It’s not for the faint at heart.
- I have an incredible outlet for all the creativity in me, and with blogging I can share it with the world.
- When I feel like I’m the only one, my blog consistently shows me that I am, in fact, not alone.
- Blogs evolve, change, ebb, and flow — including this one.
- People will read your blog just to find errors and comment on them in snarky ways. These people probably also kick puppies.
So thank you to all my readers (except for that last bunch) for six wonderful years. I love you all, appreciate your support and encouragement, and hope to see you ’round these parts for another six (dozen) years!
Now seriously, pipe down! You’re making such a virtual racket.