Just over a year ago I accidentally stumbled across Ree Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman and became hooked on blogs and blogging. So hooked I scavenged archives, reading entire blogs getting to know folks, believing we could be friends (at least on the interweb) and above all, telling myself “I can do this too.”
So, a year ago this week, I started Average: More or Less.
How’s it been? Well statistically I’d say pretty typical. I’m not gonna win any awards for blog traffic, but I average over 100 views a week. I have four subscribers (hey Brenda, Le, Mama, Grandma) and a couple others whom I know check the site fairly often.
How’s it been non-statistically? Good. Fun. Interesting. Therapeutic. I’ve reported, documented, shared, whined, ranted and entertained (well, at least I’ve entertained myself).
I’ve tried to get to know myself a little better. I’ve tried to know my family and friends better as well. I’ve used this space as a sort of scrapbook with details. I’ve shared some hopes and dreams. I’ve shared some disappointments and struggles. I’ve shared some favorite recipes. (By definition you can’t over-share while blogging. Sharing is the point.)
Blogging is the closest thing to a personal journal I’ve ever had. In a way it’s been better for me than a personal journal because I’ve had to document through the filter of an audience, which causes me to at least try to document fairly. And with the future in mind, because I know there’s a small chance my children will read this blog one day. (I sometimes imagine that this blog might be used someday either as a weapon or a tool by my children’s therapists.)
Coincidentally, this will be my 200th post. That gives me an average of 3.8 posts each week. I’ve looked at them all today and strangely enough, I’m not ready to quit. I’ve got a few more ideas to throw at you. So stick around. I can’t do this without you. Well, yeah I can, I just don’t want to. So please stick around. Please.