2 Years of this Blogging Thing

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Yesterday marks two years that I’ve been doing this blogging thing.

In a way, I feel about my blog the way I feel about Archie (though I don’t love it nearly as dearly). It’s just that, I don’t really remember what my day-to-day life was like before I was coming to this place. I’ve been blogging for most of my relationship. For the entire time I’ve been at my current job. It’s been a part of my day as long as I’ve lived in my current apartment. It’s so built-in to my routine that I sometimes forget that this isn’t something other people do.

When I think back about why I started this blog, it is far from why I blog now. I started because I was bored at my corporate job. I had never thought of  myself as a creative person but suddenly, I needed an outlet to be using my brain for something other than mindless spreadsheets. I also desperately needed to connect with people. After moving from California to the East Coast, I suddenly knew no one. With friends 3,500 miles away, I got lonely. I craved female friendship. I had no idea where to begin to make friends as a real grown up.

Now I’ve managed to build a life here. I have friends (though not as many as I’d like). I live close to my family. I have a solid relationship. I have Archie (obviously the best thing to ever happen to me just kidding N, that’s you). I don’t depend on my blog for that connection anymore, although I do enjoy it.

Sometimes I think about what motivates me to keep doing this. Is it an ego thing? Maybe a little. Getting a comment that someone likes what you wrote feels good. Is it a money thing? Meh, a little extra spending money doesn’t suck. But it has to be more than both of those things to stick it out and to want to keep going. I just can’t put my finger on what it is. I like being here. I like attempting to entertain. I like writing silly articles and being able to look back on what I did in years past. I like the documentation of it all.

I read somewhere recently that our generation is the most narcissistic ever, with our obsessive need to document our daily lives (or that’s a movie line from Easy A). I’m a part of that. I’m contributing to that. I’m simultaneously embarrassed and amused. I often wonder how long I can keep up with this. Will I run out of things to talk about? Maybe. Will I just get bored of it? Perhaps. But for now, I want to be better. I want this space to grow and thrive and continue to bring joy to my life. And hey, if today’s post is a dud, there’s always tomorrow.

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  • Kym

    I loved this, Nadine! I hit four years in October and it’s so, sooo crazy to me. I began blogging for many of the same reasons that you did, and I think it’s so beautiful to see how much blogging has grown, and how much the internet has changed. Since switching to WP I’ve had to go through all of my old content to fix formatting, and it’s been wonderful (and sometimes embarrassing, haha!) to re-read and re-live feelings and emotions and things that I was going through two, three, four years ago. That’s why I continue to blog 🙂 Narcissistic or not .. I’ll be kicking around until my space no longer serves a purpose for me. xoxo

  • Happy Happy 2 years!!!!

  • Great post! I too started my blog after moving thousands of miles away from my friends. From NY to GA was a big culture shock for me and I also craved female adult relationships. It has worked great for me and definitely given me something I was needing in my life. Thank you for sharing!

  • Congrats! Tomorrow is actually my 2-year blogging anniversary, too!

  • Congrats! Tomorrow is actually my 2-year blogging anniversary, too!

  • Yay for 2 years! You’ve come so far 🙂 You really hit the nail on the head with this post – describes exactly what I feel about blogging, as well!

  • Well said! Sometimes I seriously ponder why people like blogging so much (myself included). There are a ton of other social media outlets that require less work, but it’s so satisfying to blog.

  • Well said! Sometimes I seriously ponder why people like blogging so much (myself included). There are a ton of other social media outlets that require less work, but it’s so satisfying to blog.

  • Happy two year!

  • I needed this today. I’ve been really self conscious about my blog lately after some less than enthusiastic feedback from some older family members (not sure if they know what a blog is?). Anyway, what you said “if today’s post is a dud, there’s always tomorrow.” just made me feel better. I have to keep reminding myself that I blog for me. Because I love it. I should never apologize for who I am. My blog is a reflection of parts of me, and I’m okay with that. Thanks for this post. ♥♥

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  • Congrats on two years of blogging! 🙂 I hope to one day be on my two year mark with a good following, as well.

    – meyouandhayleylarue.blogspot.com

  • Happy 2 years!! I also started my job because of a boring corporate job… so I hear ya! But even when life gets busy, I keep posting, so I must really love it or something 🙂

  • Happy blogiversary! 🙂 I’ve often thought about how our generation feels the need to document everything in pictures and status updates, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing. And I don’t think it necessarily makes us narcissists, as long as we still remember to be in the moment. It makes me really happy to know that I will have no problem showing my teenage kids one day all the pictures from an event that happened 30 years ago. That’s something that our parents couldn’t always do. BUT, if someone posts a gazillion times a day on social media, I will unfriend you. #sorrynotsorry

  • Happy two years 🙂 I agree it is funny to think that almost two years ago for me that this was not a daily thing and now I wonder what I would do with my time if I didn’t blog.

  • Happy two years of blogging! One of the major reasons I started this blog was because I was lonely too! We are always moving around because of hockey and I’m always in a new city not knowing anyone, so I wanted people to connect with. It’s been awesome!

  • Congratulations on two years of blogging! Here’s to many more!

  • Elizabeth

    Well, what does it say about the people who don’t blog and just follow blogs? Are we nosy? 😉
    Happy 2 years!

  • Happy two year blogging anniversary! Blogging is funny, it’s deeply personal, yet something we share with a lot of others on a daily basis. I think as long as we love it and have the urge to do it, we should.

  • Happy 2 years! There are so many reasons why we blog but no matter what we do. It is such a crazy thing, but I love all the people I have met through it. Being able to look back and see where you were or what you accomplished is amazing. Cheers to many more.

  • Well said. Happy blogiversary!

  • Congratulations and Happy Blogerversary!

  • Oh I understand how you feel! I am REALLY new and the only reason I am doing it is to connect with friends and family back home (AR –>TX). I also would rather tell someone other than the cat and the 9 month old haha!

  • There are just some people that find it extra rewarding to write/blog. You’re completely right, we do belong in a narcissistic generation. I, myself also love connecting with people. You go girl, happy 2 years! 🙂

    Carla @ Love Cartista

  • Happy 2 years :), I love reading your blog it always has such wonderful content 🙂

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