One year ago today, Kate said to me, "Mom, you should start a blog."
See? That's what I love about my kids. They come up with some kind of wacky idea and then make ME do it.
But, being the adventurous soul that I am, I said, "Sure, Kate. You get me set up and I'll do it."
I think Kate may have had an ulterior motive. She knew I had stories to tell and that I would be a much better mom to her and her sisters if I got these stories out of me. Too bad she didn't realize most of the stories would have to do with her and her sisters.
Anyway, here I am, one year later, one year wiser (about blogs anyway), and one year more mentally healthy because of the creative outlet I've found through this silly blog.
I have so many people to thank.
First, my family. Little did they know they would become the fodder for so many posts. And believe me, I've left a lot out! But I thank them for their patience with me, their senses of humor, and their encouragement to just keep writing. Sure, they haven't loved every minute of this, but who would love it when their mom who ignores them while she tries to write for "just five more minutes" or who burns the beans for dinner because she's trying to keep up with other blogs or who sits in her room for hours on end because that's the place she feels most creative?
Second, my other family. My mom had actually suggested I start a blog long before Kate did. And she now reads me faithfully every day. She's done a nice job of spreading the word about my blog in her community and I think I've gained one more reader because of it. And, of course, my sisters and my nieces have been great encouragement, even taking a prominent role in a few of my posts. My sister-in-law, Julie, is always a source of inspiration and encouragement too. I just love that you all believe in me and that you always want to read more.
Which brings me to the third group of people I'd like to thank. My readers. Why anyone would fire me up every day to read what I think about spelling bees or my dog or all the places I've been is truly beyond me. Honestly, I don't think I'd be that interested in you all. But the very fact that you do come around here every once in a while and you do leave me a comment or two just makes me appreciate you so much more. Please keep coming back. Please!
(And if you could possibly add me to your blogroll or your favorites or your google reader, I'd be even more appreciative!)
When I started this blog one year ago today I said I was doing this for me. I still am. Over the past year I've wondered at times why I keep at it when I have barely any readers. Or when I leave comments all over the blogosphere and yet those to whom I comment haven't even looked at my blog. Or when I notice that some people who used to read me aren't coming around anymore.
That's when I have to go back and remember that this is for me. It's been good for me to have an outlet. It's been good for me to practice writing almost every day. It's been good to have fun every once in a while.
So, in the spirit of or because of all that, I want to share with you some of my favorite posts from the past year. I hope you've enjoyed them too.
Because I Just Can't Seem to Stop Myself
25 Random Things
It's All Kinds of Crazy Out There
Maggie the Brave
Again, thanks so much for a wonderful, life-changing year. Who knows what next year will bring? What would you like to see?