Friday, May 14, 2010

My Blog Just Woke Up

Good Morning!

So let me confess a little something to you.

When I started this blog over 3 years ago, I totally had no plans for it to go 3 years. I had no plans for it to go 1 year. I just liked writing and it was a great way for me to stay in touch with friends and family while we were living in Louisiana.

And then, something happened.

I fell in love with blogging.

For this creative soul who works in a non-creative job, this blog was an outlet. I got to write about things I wanted to write about. At my own pace.

I could write about feeling sad. I could write about things that made me laugh.

And most importantly, I could be totally honest with you people. Because we have this veil in between us, this computer screen, I don't have to see your reactions when I say that I haven't done laundry in two weeks. I can say "I have consumed 196,000 calories today" and I don't have the task of seeing your jaw drop with a look of disgust. So I can say these things to you and I don't feel judged. Even if you are judging me, I would never know it. It's a beautiful thing.

I have met amazing people. People that are amazing... women that I can now call my "real life" friends. I truly believe that God uses blogs to bring people together that never would have met in any other circumstance.

In the last year or so... I have kinda felt that my blog was a little....well.... dormant, maybe? I had "readers" or whatever, (I feel weird saying that) but I felt that my readers were my mom and all my best friends and a few of the "originals" that have been reading it since the early days. I have the Site Meter down there that I can use to see how many people are on my blog and where they are located. I can also see referrals.... how you found me. Usually people find me from other people's blogs. But there has been no significant change in a long time.

But over the last few weeks, I've been so excited. People have been commenting... people that I don't know! People have been coming OUT OF THE WOOD WORK and saying hello! It has been so fun. I've been popping over to your blogs and reading your stories.... it has been so fun. Y'all have some fascinating stories. Y'all have some adorable dogs. Y'all have some ADORABLE CHILDREN. And y'all have been saying the nicest, most wonderful things... it is making me excited about blogging again and I feel like I am writing to a new group of people. I feel like there's "company" coming over and I need to spiff the place up a bit. :)

So, to all you newbies... I don't know how you got here, but WELCOME! I am so glad you're here. And if you're a newbie and you haven't said hello yet... please do!

9 comments:

annalee said...

i love getting to know you in blog world AND real world!!! all the comments are true: you are adorable.

The McClure's said...

My thoughts exactly about my blog. I have always wanted a hobby and blogging has become just that. Who would have thought? I found your blog through Heather's (Step Inside) and found hers from Brea Freeman (Adventures of Brea Girl), who was my best friend in high school. I love how that works. I LOVE reading both of your blogs and just know I would love to hang out with you both in real life :) Keep the posts coming...you have a gift for writing.

Mrs. SQ said...

FIRST OF ALL. no one is judging you behind from the computer screen or from anywhere else. girlfriend, I can guarantee you that each and everyone of your readers has let their laundry get out of control to some level or another and has consumed a gazillion calories in one just mealtime or just a package or oreos! for realz! ;) I love you!

Rebecca said...

*waves*

Your blog is one of my favorites! :)

Tara said...

I am one of the random readers :) I stumbled on to your blog from Sara Skaggs'. I think you are very witty and I enjoy your writing style!

Heather said...

I love you. Period.

Katie said...

Hi Jen! I'm an "out of the woodwork" reader and had to say that I just love your blog! You often have me in stitches and I look forward to reading about your tales in Texas! Though I will ALWAYS be a Texan at heart, I moved to Boston right around three years ago and I have to admit, on the days when I'm missing Mexican food and the South, you always come through with your too-cute stories. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

Lindsey said...

So glad I got to meet you last month...I'm loving your posts...old and new. :) Looking forward to lots of fun stuff!!

Shay said...

I found you through the Whites' blog. Love it!