Today is a very special day for me.
I STARTED MY BLOG FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY.
I just… wow. I’m trying to think of eloquent things to say, but my brain is just like “!!!!!!” and “??????” right now. Oops. Well, anyway. I CAN’T BELIEVE IT.
Like, that is a very long time in the blogging world – I’ve been blogging longer than almost anyone else I know, with a few notable exceptions. (I think Miriam Joy @ Miriam Joy Writes started blogging about one year before I did?)
A lot of people quit blogging before they reach the five-year mark, because their interests change, or they just don’t have time, or whatever. And many of my favorite blogs – the blogs that make me sort of envious because they’re JUST SO AWESOME and well-designed and well-written and have, like, a kazillion more followers than I do – are younger than Musings From Neville’s Navel.
So, yeah. Wow. WOW. I honestly never thought I would still be blogging in 2015, and I’m pretty proud of myself right now. I always talk a bit about changes in my blogiversary posts, but I don’t think I’ve talked about transitions previously? Like, I’ve definitely talked about how my writing style has changed since I started my blog, but I don’t think I’ve talked about the changes in my life since then. Here are some of the transitions that have A) occurred and B) been faithfully recorded on this blog since October 10, 2010:
- Middle school to high school to college
- Homeschooling to institutional education
- Questioning to closeted to openly gay
- “I have no idea about my future” to (hopefully) an author, photojournalist, & activist
- Childhood to adulthood
And, of course, my interests changed over time, too! I write far more serious, thinky posts than I ever did when I started blogging. It’s always amusing to look back at old posts and see what I wrote about certain topics. Especially BOOKS. Oh my god. It’s so much fun to read past posts and be all like, “Wow, I forgot how much I loved that series way back in 2011?” or “I had no idea how much that story would TAKE OVER MY LIFE.”
I wish I could say that I’d set up some sort of fun trivia quiz about me/my blog (which I’ve done in the past) or even a giveaway (which I’ve never done, but I want to at some point). However, COLLEGE. College has really kicked my butt lately and I just didn’t have the time or energy to set up anything special. SORRY! I really love it here at college, but it’s all I can do to stay on top of my studies and write ordinary blog posts. So. Yeah. Maybe next year I’ll have more of my life under control and can set up something fun?
I didn’t do any particularly special today to celebrate on my own, either – I have two midterms to study for, four papers to write, and three classmates’ short stories that need to be annotated and critiqued for my creative writing workshop, IN ADDITION TO writing this post, doing my laundry, watching the new Doctor Who episode, and having a movie night with my friends later this evening.
So, yeah. That was my day. Today has been suuuuuuper busy, and honestly I’m just happy I got this post up, especially since it’s on an even-numbered day and usually I only post on odd-numbered days? I wish I could’ve just taken the whole day off from homework, but that wasn’t really feasible. It’s OK, though. I’m used to it.
Thank you all so much for reading Musings From Neville’s Navel! I’m so glad to have “met” all of you, and I love reading your blogs, and I really love seeing the “new comment” notification when I log on! I love seeing what you have to say.
Here’s to another five years (or more!) of blogging! I love blogging, and would like to continue this activity for as long as I can. I may not always post as frequently in the future as I do now, but I definitely don’t want to give up blogging. I’m so happy to have discovered this hobby… because I love it, and because it’s helped me to make so many wonderful new friends!
P.S. This post is titled after one of David Bowie’s songs because… hey, I thought it was apt!