We are smokin' the not smokin'
An awful lot of dancing

It's my party!

It's the First Day of Spring, and also my 6th Blogiversary!

It's as hard to believe I've been quit of the smoking for five years as it is to believe I've been blogging for six years.  It's been a crazy ride, full of ups and downs, dos and don'ts, starts and stops, love and not-so-much love, so much fun and laughter, too much fear and sadness, way too many tears, more than a little angst.

But mostly love and laughter and fun stuff.

More than anything else, and quite unexpectedly, this ride has been about friendship and personal growth.  I didn't start blogging because I wanted to make friends all over the world -- at the heart of it, I'm a rather non-social people person -- and even now (still?) my communication skills leave much to be desired (exemplified by my horrible record at email and comment replies) and it's a wonder I have any friends at all.

I certainly didn't expect to "grow" because of the blog in any area other than the realm of knitting.  Mostly, I had hopes that the fearlessness and adventurousness I saw in other knit-bloggers would rub off on me, and it most certainly did; unfortunately, the patience I've long admired in others never has, neither have I uncovered a long-buried love for swatching, nor mastered colorwork.

I never intended to blog about anything other than knitting, but it appears I am unable to compartmentalize and keep so narrow a focus.  I have blogged, to some degree, about nearly every aspect of my life -- and by "my" life, I mean the life of anyone who has "aspects" that touch mine.  In other words, nothing is sacred.  Though, perhaps, not so much lately.  For whatever reason, I feel I am much more guarded now than in the past.  I'm sure it has to do with the ever-further and ever-wider reaches of the internet, the way everything is or can be linked and cross-posted and how easy it is to be found.  I guess maybe I do like things compartmentalized -- I like to be in control -- I don't necessarily like everything cross-posted and organized for easy access and up-to-the-minute updates.  I've been struggling with my work life/lives mingling with my social life mingling with my knitting life mingling with my photography life mingling with my family life, etc.  I like to be in control -- which I was once, but feel I have lost.

Another post that kind of took a different path...  Blahblahblah, thinking out loud...  The world has changed.  A lot.  I guess I need to figure out how/whether to deal with those changes.

It's been a great six years of blogging.  Thank you!

Comments

Kym

Happy blogiversary. You have lots of exciting things to celebrate this week! :-) I've enjoyed becoming your blog-friend, and I'm so glad you share (whatever parts) of your life with us. Happy, happy!

kmkat

I speak for others when I say, I'm really glad you are here! Happy b'versary :-)

Chris

Happy blogiversary!! And here's hoping spring decides to stick around. :)

Carole

Congratulations on 6 years, Vicki! I'm so glad to know you.

Julia in KW

Congratulations! from a regular lurker...thank you for all your posting...

Jeanne

Congrats from a regular reader - I'm very glad that you blog!

Norma

Mwah, from one MoFo to another. Happy blogiversary! And you could do like I do -- let it all hang out! :D

Melanie

No, thank YOU! Yours was one of the very first blogs I started reading, and thus you indirectly helped me deciding to blog myself. Happy blogiversary!

Joy

Happy Blogiversary and happy Spring! I really enjoy your photos too :o)

noricum

Happy Blogiversary!!!

Karen

Happy Blogiversary. I still really enjoy reading your blog, keep it up.

jill

Happy Blogiversary!

Geri

Happy Blogiversary and let spring begin!

Elizabeth

Happy 6th birthday blog, happy spring!

margene

It has been a great six years! I've been in awe of your changes, watching your grrls grow, watching you DO big things in your life. You are an artist in so many aspects. Your camera, your children, your home and sharing all of it through the blog. It's been wonderful for me to know you.

Angie

Thanks for the sharing that you do, Vicki, and the influence/impact/validation you've had on/given me because of some of that sharing. Not that you intended to, of course, but it happens. :D

Happy 6th Year d'Blog!!

Borderline Savage

Happy Blogiversary!! I look forward to reading Knitorious for many more years.

AllyB

Happy Blogiversary! I do so enjoy your blog.

cursingmama

Happy Blogiversary!

Melissa V.O.

Hope you party like it's 1999! Or maybe 2099? Well, you are certainly right about your blog and the blogging world out there, I never imagined how you or any other blogging stranger could touch my life so deeply - sharing things like beauty, goodness, kindness, humor and also exposing the tenderness of the heart during hard times - things that seem harder to find these days. Thank you for keeping it up, for evolving the blog as it grows and for sharing your part of the world with us.

Maureen

I'm so happy I found your blog...I love the artistery in your life...it's everywhere! You're obviously an extremely talented woman...thanks so much for sharing with the rest of us! Happy blogiversary....six years is quite an accomplishment...may you enjoy many more!

Lynne S of Oz

Happy sixth! That's a lot of years, and happy 5 years without the smokes too :-)

Bobbi

I missed your party and I'll cry if I want to..cry if I want to...cry if I want...you would cry too if it happened to you!

Lorette

Happy belated blogiversary! Blog twins, indeed!

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