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March 5, 2013

When I started this blog one year ago, I was standing (well sitting) in my third story walk-up nestled into Chicago’s North Shore. I was in my spring semester of graduate school with my future planned out so easily, I had recently purchased my spinning wheel, and was newly embracing my introverted side. I never expected to have more than ten readers (all of whom I figured would be my immediate friends and family) and I wasn’t even sure if I would continue this for longer than a few months (given my previous track record for blogs.)

An entire year later and I sit here in my first floor Nebraska apartment far away from Lake Michigan, and that busy Chicago life. I am no longer in graduate school and my future is uncertain, but I have kept up with the spinning and recently took up weaving as well. I have more than 100 followers (wowza) and have been at this blogging thing for a full year. If you would have told me a year ago that this is where I would be at this point I probably would have laughed at you and called you crazy.

I had started this blog with the intention of talking about embracing my introverted personality, as a place to show off a little creative writing and to share a little of my knitting. It was meant to be a little break from the rigors of academia. I never expected how much this blog would impact and be a part of my life. When I started learning to spin the blog was there. As I made (and continue to make) the (sometimes painful) transition out of academia the blog has been there. When I sailed to  victory during my first attempt at creative writing on a large-scale (Camp NaNoWriMo) the blog was there. Through ups and downs you all have tuned in to read, to like and to comment. This blog has shown me more about myself than I really like to admit at times. It has helped me manage the crazy holiday crafting that crept up this year. Followed along as I did some traveling, whether it was a three state move in a weekend, visiting family and friends or even just exploring my own town, it’s been there. As I improved my skill with knitting, took on new adventures in weaving and discovered my love of textile history, the blog was there. Even when I felt more alone than ever, and as I struggle to figure out my next move it’s been there. When I celebrated my 25th birthday and as I have grown as a writer, a crafter and a person it’s been there.

As I reflect on all of this I am amazed. Amazed that so many of you have taken the time to read my posts, amazed that so many have commented and shared and included me in your life. I am amazed at how many new blogs I have found and how quickly they welcome me into the fold. I am amazed that I have made it this long, I honestly thought I would have run out of things to say long before now. I am amazed at how supportive this community has been and I am amazed every day that I get to wake up and share my thoughts with you all.

I have come to realize that I don’t need to have it all figured out (although it would be so nice if I could!) For instance I know this blog has morphed into something I never really anticipated, it is a new thing, a better thing, and I want to thank you all for being a part of it. As I move into my second year of blogging I am hoping to continue to learn, to grow and discover who I am and what I am meant to do with my life. A year seems like forever and yet it feels as if it was only yesterday that this whole adventure got started.

So here’s to you my dear blog. I can barely begin to express my gratitude for all that you have done and brought to my life.Thank you. Happy Anniversary and here’s to many more.

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6 Comments
  1. That was beautiful! Isn’t it funny how these things grow? I started and stopped a million times before too. Then, a couple years ago, I started microblogging to keep my mind occupied during a difficult time. I would barely write a sentence. Later, I followed some renegade microbloggers to WP and didn’t know I would actually enjoy it-or as you said, that anyone would read it let alone comment! Funny. Anyway, congrats to you! Excellent post too!

  2. Q- happy anniversary! My favorite quote is “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Or, another “Man plans. God laughs.” One reason I’d told my kids and students s not to say never. Lol

  3. Congratulations! I too, am new to the blogging world! I hope when my anniversary comes around I have the same kinds of things to be thankful for! As a knitter I’m definitely interested in the projects you’re working on. Thanks for sharing them!

  4. Amanda Gerodias permalink

    Congrats on one year! And, fyi, I totally sang the title of your post instead of reading it regularly 🙂

  5. shellssells permalink

    Isn’t it nice that the internet provides introverts with a way to socialize perfectly comfortably and on their own terms? Congrats on year 1. I just turned over into year 7, and am completely amazed it has been that long!

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