Monday, July 19, 2010

what blogging means to me

I was reading the latest instalment of Somerset Life and there are a bunch of articles in it about blogging and what it means to the writers. As I read their comments, I was struck by the profound significance that blogging has had in my life over the past years.

I didn’t start this blog with the intention of it ever being a craft blog. In fact, truth be told, my very first post, way back when in 2005, on livejournal, was about venturing into the world of online dating, post break, as a means to move on from a broken heart. The entire start was really meant to document the (mis)adventures I had in the dating world. After reading the magazine, I went back and reread those posts (they’re private, you won’t find them on the old blog).

Then I morphed into constantly talking about my graduate thesis. (I wrote about sonnets from India, btw, you know, in case you were curious). Aw thesis woes… how I don’t miss you!

Next up: weddings

When I moved this blog over to blogger, I initially started writing about social issues, weddings, and green/vegetarian living.

So I’m not exactly sure how I ended up here, writing about craft all the time. But I’ve gone from blogging for family and friends, to blogging for myself, to blogging for select friends, to blogging to a larger community, very slowly over 5 years.

Some blogs explode in less than a year. Mine has never exploded, and yet, in recent months, there has been a marked upswing in comments, views, and readers. Perhaps it’s because I’ve found my niche? Perhaps my social issue rants just didn’t appeal? Gee I wonder why?

Anyways, as I started to experience this upswing, I’ve also started to feel very differently about blogging. I’m starting to make connections more, and as I come out of my shell and comment on others’ blogs, I find myself engaging in a dialogue online with others. And it’s been fantastic. I dig it. This September will mark 5 years in blogging for me) and I can’t help but be excited about where blogging has begun to take me, and love the archive of my life that I’ve created to look back on over the years. I really have learned a lot, commemorated so many moments, learned so much, and met amazing people, all from blogging.

Here’s to another 5 years!

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