On August 30th, 2009 I published my first post here at what was then called The Trials (and Tribulations) of Trying. Rereading that post I can’t believe how far I’ve come – in my life, as a writer, as a member of this community. I truly feel blessed to have found this place and all of you.
In the 730 days since that first post went up I’ve written 500 posts. That is a lot of myself strewn across these pages. And while I’m not always proud how I feel, I’ve never regretted anything I’ve said. I am honest here, if nothing else, and that is something I am proud of.
When I started this blog I didn’t know what I was doing and I certainly didn’t know where I wanted to go. There was nothing I set forth to accomplish. Really all I hoped was that someone would read, understand and reach out.
And they did.
And I’m so grateful.
Not long ago I took a break from blogging as I attempted to rediscover my intention. While I haven’t figured it out yet I feel closer to it. I know it has something to do with forging connections and fostering community, but I’m not quite sure how to accomplish either.
In my classes right now we’re building our social contract. As the students tell me the ways in which they hope to treat me and each other I ask them over and over to tell me what it looks like. What does respect look like to you? What do you think effort looks like to me?
I don’t know yet what a commitment to connection and community will look like on this blog and in my life, but it’s nice to know that it’s important to me, that I have something to pursue.
I had such high hopes for today’s post. I wanted to do something really big in honor of the special occasion. I mean how often does one’s 500th post fall on their two year blogoversary?Leave it to me to pick this month to have my existential blogging crisis. Leave it to me to rain on my own parade.
Despite the lack of pomp and circumstance here today I was hoping you could help me. If you can take the time to comment today I’d love for you to share something special about your blog. I promise it’s not too much, just two things really.
What intention do you honor on your blog?
Which of your posts is your favorite and why?
(Please include a link).
Thank you all for accompanying me on this journey. In these past weeks I’ve realized that my readers are truly the reason I return to this space again and again. Without you, I wouldn’t be here, I wouldn’t be writing. I am so grateful for each and every one of you.
And now, because I couldn’t help myself…