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!