Okay, I lie. Well, maybe not lie. More like exaggerate by a factor of ten.
Truth is, it was two years ago today. That was the day I started blogging. In a way, that itself is a lie. I actually started blogging the December before that, writing a blog for my bead store. But after the store closed for good that Easter, I deleted the original blog (which only had brief announcements relating to store business, anyhow), and I started my first personal blog on April 23, 2005. I’ve decided not to count the long-vanished, purely utilitarian store blog in the chronology.
And that’s why today, April 23rd, is my two year blogiversary. Mind you, I’m a relative newcomer as bloggers go. There are some out there who have been doing this for four to six years. I tip my hat to them – they saw the potential early, and set the standards we all strive to achieve.
My first blog post was a mere, boring explanation of what happened to the previous blog. Since then, I’ve managed to be, I hope, more interesting. It took a while, but I’ve settled into a comfortable routine of blogging five days a week, with occasional bonus posts about special things.
Why do I do it? The first answer that comes to mind is, “Because I can.” The tools are there, and they’re easy to use.
More seriously, blogging about my crafts gives me an ability to focus that was I severely lacking before. Even if I never go back to read my posts, I force myself to take the time to think about them sufficiently to write about them, and I usually take pictures that make me look at my progress and technique in detail.
I am a much better crafter today, both because I read blogs and become inspired by what I see people doing, and because I write my own blog and examine my own crafting carefully.
As much as I want to give everyone who reads me regularly a gift, there’s just no room in the budget, not to make the presents as grand as I’d wish. I don’t think I’ll be going the route of a blogprize, either – I can’t imagine what I have that would be special enough to count.
All I can do is offer you my heartfelt thanks for being in my life, for your supportive, kind comments, for your laughter and tears, for your virtual hugs and well wishes.