One year ago today, I took a deep breath and the advice of a surprisingly large number of people and began writing my blog! That very first one was about the reno of our kitchen, complete with photos and not a lot of text.
It was tentative, as first steps usually are, but I learned as I went along and now I probably have too much text. Somehow, I always seem to have a lot to say. But it was very clear that I had no idea what I was doing. It's been made fairly clear over this past year that I still really have no idea what I'm doing, but I hope it's also evident that I'm having a good time doing it.
I felt rather arrogant believing that anyone would be remotely interested in anything I had to say. And worse, I had no idea what I would be saying. I knew from the onset that I didn't want to be held to rigid parameters so there would be no definitive description. I have been asked, countless times, "what is your blog about?". Hard to answer. Initially, I couldn't answer that because I didn't have any idea what I would be writing about. That is still the case. Every day, I sit here in the early part of the day, usually still in my pj's, bedhead a halo around my head, squinting at the screen wondering what I'm going to say. And the, somehow, an idea pops into my head and I'm off to the races.
Occasionally, I have an idea ahead of time and then I can prepare a bit more. Even more rarely, I will actively seek the photos for a topic. But usually it's just a photo I've recently taken that gets me launched. So I guess the blog is about whatever I'm thinking about that moment. And it seems that I'm always thinking about lots of things. Sometimes the ideas come from other people's suggestions. I love when that happens!
Thank you, my readers, for occasionally taking the time to read my blog and sometimes leaving me a comment. I love when whatever I've written touches people in some way. Even if it's to correct me (actually I greatly appreciate when that happens! So thank you) and even if it's to disagree with me. When a reader and I do not share the same feeling about a topic, there is a terrific exchange of ideas and I love when that happens! Engaging in an intellectual debate is my meat and potatoes. Sometimes a reader will completely agree with me and feels compelled to tell me so which I also adore. There is such satisfaction in being validated by others.
So basically I think I'm saying that I'm going to keep writing until I run out of ideas and I don't see that happening anytime soon. This blog is sort of the journal of my journey through life. The photos I'm going to keep taking for my own pleasure regardless if anyone else ever sees them. The words are just the thoughts flying around in my head. Sort of an internal dialogue. Up until I blogged, most people never heard them. My biggest concern was that committing those words and photographsin such a public way would leave me feeling a little vulnerable sometimes. Honestly, it still does. But as my readership continues to grow, I feel more confident that it's all okay.
So a huge Thank You to everyone who has ever read this blog Thank you for coming along for the ride. I appreciate the company.
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.