How in the WORLD are we already at the end of 2008. When I was a child, years crawled by, irritatingly slow in their pace. Now, it seems as though I breathe in at the start of a year and all of the sudden, before I can exhale that same air, I’m getting ready for Christmas and New Year’s Day.
This year was a year of lifestyle and career changes, as well as one little change that became way too addicting. This was the year I really became a blogger.
If you’ve looked at my profile, you may have noticed the “blogging since” date of 2005. Well, I may have started this blog back then, but I certainly wasn’t blogging. Not really.
Back then, I rarely posted — months would go by without a single post. Heck, 2007 alone only had THIRTEEN posts for the entire YEAR!
I was too busy then, caught up in the business of being a newlywed . . . and then caught up in being a new teacher . . . and then caught up in being a new mom. During those early years, I was as successful at blogging as I was keeping a physical journal/diary. As a kid, diaries always seemed fun, exotic, and cool. But after a few weeks, the diary would be tossed under the bed, thrown into the closet, or stuffed into a drawer. If I found it again, I would hastily write an apologetic message, promising my “Dear Diary” to be better in this relationship.
As introverted as I am, I’m not a “write for my eyes only” kind of person. Blogging only became fun this summer, when I went public and started to understand the communal aspect of being a blogger. It was only as I started reading other blogs and making connections that I began to enjoy this old blog.
Now, I’m addicted. Really, really addicted.
For me, it’s not about becoming “famous,” having hundreds of subscribers or followers, or 100 comments per post. I love writing for an audience. I love knowing that others will read what I write and relate to it, laugh over it, and leave advice that this new mommy needs.
Of course, over the past few months, I haven’t been the best reciprocating the comments. Since starting Blog Candy Designs, I’ve barely had time to post. I had no idea that designing would take away so much time from my favorite hobby; I miss getting to read my “old” favorites and stumbling across new blogs. I miss getting to know new bloggers!
I only have two resolutions for 2009.
(1) Lose 50 lbs by the time of my sister’s wedding. It NEEDS to be done.
(2) Make time to be a “true” blogger again –one who actively participates in the community.
This week, I’m on a “Design” vacation! No work and all blogging is something I need!!! I’m going to do nothing but visit blogs — those I discovered six months ago and new ones yet to be discovered.
Nothing but “visit” blogs??? But, silly Rachel — aren’t you going to post anything?
Ah, now, don’t fret. I’m actually going to follow the trend of every magazine, Talk Soup, and every other countdown. I’m going to re-post several pieces from the past year — my “Best of the Year” posts . . . . all based on personal opinion, of course!
Some will be from my early days as a public blogger, before very many people were following along. Of course, there will be posts to celebrate (or poke fun at) Hubby and the Little Lady. And, just maybe, there *might* be a couple of posts that really reveal the type of person I truly am. Maybe.
So, if you’re around this week, Merry Christmas and have fun reading my “personal best!” I’ll be around reading yours as well . . .cause I know y’all have your best out every day!