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Ten Years of Ordinary Life

August 31, 2010

August marked the ten year anniversary of blog.

Ten years.

That’s a little less than a third of my life. Ten years ago, I was single (but dating and living with my now husband). I was living in New York City. I was working at Goldman Sachs. I was a programmer. I worked pretty much nonstop. I was trying to write novels. I had a bird. Since then, so much has happened. I went part time in my job and volunteered in several places. I then quit it got married and did Teach For America. Then we took a 3-month trip where we went to the Caymans and drove across the US. We moved to San Diego. I got a job programming. We had my first son. I started scrapbooking. I started a photography company. I learned to drive. We moved up to the San Francisco Bay Area. I got another job. We bought a house. We had another kid. I changed my job to work from home. My son started school.

During this time, my blog went through many changes. In the beginning I wrote about nothing. Then I wrote longer pieces. Some months I wrote a lot. Other months nothing. For a while, it was a photoblog. And then it became all about my kids. My art. Kids. I went back and forth over the years about whether it should have a focus. Whether I was alienating some of my “readers” by writing about me too much. Or not enough. Putting too much about scrapbooking. Or not enough. Too many photos. You get my point. In the end, I gave up worrying about it.

The greatest thing about my blog is that it’s a testament to the last ten years of my life. So many of my feelings, my thoughts, my ordinary life is in there. I love going back five years and reading about an ordinary day. I love seeing what my life was like then. What I worried about, what I was grateful for. I love having records of my past-self. And I love that as I changed, the blog changed. It holds so many stages of my life. So many of my milestones. When I was a little girl, I wrote diaries for years. But then at 18, I suddenly stopped. And this blog has been a form of diary for me since my mid-twenties. And I am deeply grateful for it.

The reason I stopped worrying about my traffic, my content, my focus is that this blog is primarily for me. I love the visitors, the kind, insightful, encouraging comments. But it’s my way of tracking my life, my thoughts, my emotions. Most importantly my ordinariness. I’ve learned over the years that what seems very ordinary now is absolutely not so years from now. The “ordinary” part of life changes the most with time. I might live in this house ten years from now but the day-to-day life here will be significantly different. And by capturing these moments, I get to cherish them forever. This is the same reason I scrapbook. But blogging is simpler, faster, and easier to backup digitally.

If any of you are struggling with what to put on your blog, what to write about, I hope you find a way to talk about the ordinariness of your life. I promise you it’s anything but ordinary.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2010 6:27 am

    My thoughts exactly! I started my blog because I wanted to be included in the needlework blog community. But then I got interested in photography. Then I got diagnosed with bipolar II and needed to write about that. Then I got lost a bit. Now I write about it all, including family and posting some things just for fun, things that tickle my fancy. The days I don’t post, I feel a little ‘off.’ But I don’t fuss about it too much. Life’s too short. And my blog is about MY life.

  2. August 31, 2010 3:35 pm

    I do find the blog to be very indicative of how we change, as long as we are true to our blogs. You can never write enough about YOU. Like you said, who cares if you are alienating readers? And just how does one back-up a blog? I’ve been wondering how devastated I would feel if my blog content was lost. Probably it would run deep as I write from my heart and don’t keep another copy anywhere.

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