When I logged in to my blog this morning I saw I had surpassed the 4000 mark for Number of Entries and am around 4040 now. It just came and went…4000 entries. That’s a lot of blogging.
Blogging has changed so much in the 6 years I’ve been at this blog. I had tried to blog several times since 1999, before they were even called blogs, but this particular blog stuck because I when I started it I was pregnant with a child I would eventually miscarry and this blog became the place I could talk about struggles associated with being a spontaneous aborter who was trying to have a kid. I guess it was the kind of thing I only felt comfortable talking about online, so it motivated me to keep this particular blog going even though dozens had failed in it’s wake. (Fun Fact: I even started a blog one time writing about the show Temptation Island. Who knows why that didn’t stick?)
Six years and 4000 entries later and I can’t imagine my life without this blog. I’ve made so many friends, been inspired by so many people, and documented so much of the life of my family that I can’t imagine how different things might have been without it. And because I read so many blogs, and know how blogs have touched my life and helped me by showing me there are others like me, I’m honored every time I get an email or a comment telling me the same thing. It’s an interesting circle of influence we have online, we can read another person’s words and suddenly no longer feel alone. And then, on the other side, if I feel alone I can write about it…allowing me to no longer feel alone in my situation.
We also share joy. I look at the pictures of your wedding dress or of your nursery or of your remodeled kitchen and I’m so proud and excited and happy for you. I know that many share in the joy I post of my crazy kids and the stories I tell of my happiest moments. I just can’t imagine not having that in my life, that ability to share by reading and by writing. It has made my life better in so many ways, this blog, sometimes I feel like I owe it a big Thanks!
So…4000+ entries. I wonder how many of them are about pregnancy-related boob sweat? Or trying and failing to lose weight? Or my kids pooping on something? It’s a hodgepodge we have going on over here, that’s for sure. I think that’s the other reason why this incarnation of the blog actually stuck six years ago, I quit stressing so much about what to write about. Some days it was about the struggle to have kids and the fears of miscarriage. Most days? It was just about the mundane. I just made a point every day that I could, to write about something. To challenge myself to find something in my life I could make funny or interesting. And if I could do neither of those? I’d just fall back on the boobsweat.
And while I do use Twitter a bit, and Facebook a bit, my home will always be here at misszoot.com. Thanks for sticking with me the last six years and 4000 entries. This month is going to produce a lot of changes in my life and I’m looking forward to sharing each of them with you. And if there are no changes to discuss? You know there’s always a fallback plan. We’ll just talk about Temptation Island.