Today, this blog is 2 years old and this is my 464th post!
In starting this online journal of sorts, I thought I would just throw up a bunch of pics of things I liked, rattle on a bit and that would be that. Well, it still kinda is just that but; I never imagined blogging was going to be so complicated and technical. I also realized that it’s not just about me. You end up becoming part of a community and you want your readers to enjoy what you have to say without compromising your own voice.
There’s so much behind-the-scenes geekery to figure out. SEO is still kicking my ass. There’s no way to teach yourself everything in one sit-down. I’ve been slowly learning, making mistakes, correcting them, and trying to make this the best representation of things that are important/interesting to me. It’s time-consuming but also a lot of fun.
The biggest thing this year was moving my blog over to a paid host. It was infuriating, frustrating and I learned a whole lot of stuff in the process. Having to figure out concepts that I had never heard of before just about brought me to tears a few times. It was very humbling and with that loss of hubris comes a sincere attempt at trying to open myself up more and not judge people on stupid little things, as much as I’m wont to do. It’s kinda ego-maniacal to assume I’m any type of authority on something so personal as taste. I just know what makes me happy.
The best thing about the past two years is all the wonderful people I have met! I had no idea there were so many awesome people out there. It’s kind of comforting to know that no matter what happens to be on your mind at the time, there’s somewhere you can talk about it, be it your own blog or that of someone else. Even if you don’t particularly love someone’s style or you can’t relate to their life at all, you can always find the common denominator like taste, humor, wit… or you can simply appreciate someone baring their soul to the world.
I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of great local ladies too. In fact, I had my second meet-up yesterday and it was a lot of fun seeing people you follow online, in the flesh. Everyone got along great and we all enjoyed each others’ company, sharing our lives for a few hours over drinks and snacks. I can’t wait to do it again!
So, thank you for being awesome and sharing your spot on the interwebs with me too! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my silliness as much as I have enjoyed reading yours! Thank you!!!!