Change over time may be observed in a number of ways. Obvious examples include birthdays and anniversaries. To me, though, writing is the best method by which to see how far I’ve come.
Three years ago today, I began writing Musings From Neville’s Navel.
(Hey, wait, I started my blog on 10/10/10? That’s cool.)
I don’t often look at my past posts but when I do, it’s always diverting. Reading my old posts shows me what I was like at a given time – how I wrote, what I was thinking about, what I enjoyed. It’s fascinating to see how I’ve changed.
When I began this blog in October 2010, I was still very much in my let’s-use-lots-of-exclamation-points-and-emoticons phase. I didn’t write long thinky posts analyzing my favorite fandoms, let alone serious stuff about my life. I love my blog’s title because it’s nonsensical but at first I took it more seriously – pretty much all I wrote were musings about Neville and, occasionally, his navel. Wow, I haven’t even mentioned Neville in ages. I can’t even remember the last time I wrote a post centered on him. Over a year ago, maybe?
I moved on to other things. I discovered that I loved blogging about books, especially Harry Potter. Now I’ve moved past that too. (Mostly. I can’t just forget the books I grew up with.) Book posts, and fandom posts in general, are often my favorite to reread here because they’re such good records of my thoughts. I can’t remember everything, after all, and I love alternately cringing and giggling over my remarks that I’d long forgotten. I mean, I have posts where I despair over ever being able to finish Lord of the Rings and now I have exactly forty posts tagged under that title. Funny how that happens.
When I started blogging, it was agonizing to write posts longer than three hundred words. Now I find it almost impossible to post anything shorter than that. When I started blogging, I worried about college because it was approaching so quickly. Now I still worry a bit, but I’ve also take several classes written posts about realizing that if one works hard, college assignments aren’t really that difficult. (Getting accepted by my ideal college, however, still freaks me out.) When I started blogging, I was like “Coming out? Me? Ha ha ha no never”. Now I can finally write posts about LGBTQ+ stuff without feeling awkward. When I started blogging, I didn’t yet know what I wanted to do with my life. Now I know that I want to devote my time to writing, that I want to be an author.
I’m still not the greatest at transitions between subjects, though. (I mean, just look at this following bit.) I didn’t want this post to be completely serious so let’s move on. Here is a list of what I consider my top ten posts, along with some thoughts on them. They represent my best work for a variety of reasons – they’ve had a lot of views and comments, I worked hard on them, I just plain like them. Oh, and they’re in no particular order.
- What’s Next For Rick Riordan? – I discussed his infuriating unwillingness to try new ideas and predicted that readers would become disillusioned.
- Need To Torture Someone? Just Grab One Of These Books! – Teens Can Write, Too! – I was overjoyed when this was Freshly Pressed, and surprised as well. I mean, all I did was complain about my least favorite books.
- This Easy Reader Is The Property Of The Half-Blood Prince – Pure silliness. I told a story through captions on Harry Potter posters.
- The Writer’s Ten Commandments – The only writing how-to you’ll ever need.
- Foxy Lady – Foxface is my favorite character in The Hunger Games and she should be yours too.
- NaNoWriMo 2012: The Road Goes Ever On And On – What NaNo gave me, explained through Lord of the Rings nerdiness.
- The Ten All-Time Best Pieces From Film Scores – I fangirled about my favorite genre and recommended awesome songs.
- I Can’t Think Straight – Gaaaaay.
- Why Isn’t The Presidential Election Decided This Way? – Probably the most bizarre and twisted post I have ever written, which is saying something. I imagined the 2012 elections as a Hunger Games with candidates as the tributes. I’m still rather proud about Herman Cain being from District 999 and the bit about Michele Bachmann hiding from the gays even though “I don’t think we put any in the arena this year, though. Pity.”
- Don’t Worry, Be Happy – I explained my motto using three quotes.
Of course, that list doesn’t even include my absolute favorite post! I had so much fun writing The Rights Of Wrong as a guest post for This Page Intentionally Left Blank, plus it led to the creation of the Good-Sinful Alliance.
And now it’s time for
Silly Songs With Larry, the part of the show where Larry comes out and sings a silly song thank-yous. I would like to thank all my readers. You know who you are and you’re awesome, all of you. Thanks for following and/or commenting. Even if you don’t follow or comment and just lurk, thanks. And I won’t bite, so don’t worry – go ahead and comment, I’ll be delighted.
I love looking at any of my past writing – not just what’s on my blog – even if I sometimes shake my head and wonder why I wrote that. It shows my changes, big and small, so well. My writing is such a good record of me.
Whether you’ve been reading Musings From Neville’s Navel from the very beginning or only recently found it, what has been your favorite part?