Six Years of Blogs
I was scrolling through my Facebook memories this morning, as I often do, when I came across a post I made six years ago. It was about 1 in the morning and I wasn’t asleep because I’d just graduated high school and it was summer. Sleep didn’t happen until like 3 at least. So I was up and bored and wanted to know what would happen if I started a blog. I had a very encouraging friend who told me to go for it and so I did. It’s been six years and three blogs, but I’m still blogging.
When I first started my first blog it was called “A Daily Rant” because it was like 3 in the morning and I didn’t know what to call it. It stayed that way for a few months before I decided to change it to “Down the Rabbit Hole” because I have a tendency to go on bunny trails, and I really like Alice in Wonderland. The book, not so much the movie. I wrote a blog for every day of the week, except Sundays for about three months, maybe four, before I started to lose steam and couldn’t think of something to write about for every day of the week. I had a schedule, too. I reviewed movies on Fridays and anime/cartoons for Saturday. I wrote almost all of my posts in advance and worked all week on my extensive cartoon reviews. I watched a lot of anime in those first few months.
In the beginning I had a topic for each post. I wrote about dreams, about hair, about being small, about college and high school, about the 90s. I had lots to write about, apparently. Sometimes I wish I could go back to that. Writing topically instead of just kind of rambling, but I kind of used up all the topics I had back then. It feels a little like cheating to do the same ones over, though I know no one still reading my blogs has been reading that long. And my opinions have probably changed on a few things. I wrote about weddings at one point, but that’s taken as I’ve written about weddings and my own wedding more than enough, I think. And will probably write more about them as we still have two to go this year. That’s right, we’re not done with that yet.
I spent four years on “Down the Rabbit Hole.” It was very much my ‘college’ blog. I tried to write at least once a month during it’s later years, but it didn’t always happen. Sometimes it happened more than once, and that was cool, but I was busy and I didn’t have anything to keep me on track with writing for it, which might have been good. It might have made the posts I did write more interesting because I wasn’t scrambling for something to write every other day. Who knows? I did write more my senior year, I think, since it was a very busy and exciting year. I had a lot to talk about with wedding planning and giant snow storms and getting my life together. But once I got married I felt like I needed a fresh start. I didn’t want to go in circles on the same things and I wanted more stability. So I left “Down the Rabbit Hole” and started “I Am Purps” an intermediary blog between this one and that one.
“I Am Purps” was much like “Down the Rabbit Hole” when it first started, but less every day and more a couple times a month. I did write nearly every day in November for NaNoWriMo as an experiment to see if free writing would help get me to my word count goal. It didn’t, but I did really well that year, so that’s something. I was still writing mostly topically with a little life thrown in there, but really, I wanted to be doing it professionally and was still too scared to make the switch. Then my best friend started her own “big kid” blog and I was like “okay, if Twirls can do it, I can do it.”
So at this point I’d been married for a little over six months and was getting comfortable with the idea of dropping my husband off at work so I could have the car to drive around in. I had this crazy idea that if I went out and blogged in a public place maybe that would help me actually keep on track. There’s a Starbucks near where my husband works so I did a trial run of blogging there on “I Am Purps” and then decided I could totally do this and my husband helped me set up “Coffee with Purps.”
The Starbucks thing lasted about a month maybe. It was nice going out Tuesdays and Thursdays and grabbing coffee and a muffin that was delicious and warmed up for me and everything, but it was also freezing. Seriously, the Starbucks was never warm. I don’t know if it was because the building was tiny and half doors, or if they just never turned up the heat, but I could barely take my gloves off without my fingers going stiff. So instead of driving around in the cold and snow I just gave up and started blogging from my comfy chair.
And here I’ve been ever since. I’m hoping this break coming up will help me think of new interesting things to write about. If nothing else I’ll have a whole week in DC to catch you up on. Just one more blog to go until my vacation starts and one week exactly until we depart on our next big adventure! I hope you have a lovely day, my friends.