Officially, I turned one today. Okay, not really me, but you know, The Westra World. Its the one year anniversary of the day I started this blog. Or in blogger speak, its my blogaversary!! I got off to a rocky start at best. This is what I had to say: 6-1-08
"I've had so much fun reading about my niece Mackenzie through her blogspot that I thought it might be fun to try one on my own. You should know however, I've failed at this once before... it was marked as "spam" and deleted after 21 agonizing days. I was intially concerned that the blogger police may come and take me to blogger jail when the blog was first flagged... and yet I live to blog again... "
I had no comments that first day and it was several days before I posted again. And then I shared the link with family and friends and waited. And my sister-in-law linked to me and left comments. And then out of the blue one day, an actual person I knew (Bonnie) showed up, and so did another friend, Heather. And somehow it took off from there.
I grew a blogger brain, eyes wide open, camera ready, for something blog worthy to happen. And when it didn't, I started to change my thinking. I entertained the idea that I could tell a story or two from my own perspective, and happily found my writing voice again.
But I still couldn't get over that old Midwestern value, or maybe its a Scandinavian trait, that you don't go where you aren't invited... I struggled with clicking a link to someone else's blog. Reading someone else's blog felt to me like that feeling you get when you dial a wrong number and feel like you've inconvenienced someone and hurry to hang up while offering your apologies... I just couldn't dream of dialing a random number just to chat with a complete stranger.
In the beginning, the list of all the things I didn't know and couldn't do was so long!! I guess thats what has me looking forward to the next year of blogging. To continue to see it grow and evolve. To continue to document my life through blogger-focused eyes, with attention to detail, in a moment to moment basis.
But what I cherish the most is the cliche. What every other blogger says at some point. The best part, the biggest blessing, the cherry on top, is meeting all of you and having you decide that you'll come back, again and again. I'm astonished at the numbers that read daily, amazed really, and honored. Thanks for making it a special blog year and cheers to year 2!!