One of the first photos I uploaded to this blog.
Milestone of the day: this post is my 500th post on this blog! Hooray!
I started this blog in 2012 because… Well, because I was bored. And honestly, putting together online profiles for social media and blogging sites used to be one of my favorite methods of procrastination. Three years and five months later, I’m still going strong, and as I go back through my old blog entries, I realize just how much I’ve changed and grown, and how much I’ve really stayed the same.
One of the most obvious ways in which I have not changed is that I am still writing. In addition to this blog, I’m also keeping up my journal habit and I’m getting back into the groove of writing more creative pieces, whether that’s fiction, poetry, or even the odd personal essay. And it always surprises me just how much I write, and for how long I have been writing.
A photo from a day where it was sunny and it rained, 2013. On Valentine Street, Sydney, Australia.
During my senior year of high school, I had a lot of trouble falling asleep, had a lot of trouble concentrating on my school work, and though on paper I seemed to be functioning just fine and even excelling in some areas, I was struggling. On a whim, I started writing in a notebook one night, inspired by Wreck This Journal and, oddly enough, by the guidelines for keeping a laboratory notebook for my Chemistry class. My original intention was to take down as many observations of my life at any given moment, hence looking to the lab notebook guidelines for inspiration. What ended up happening was I started writing anything and everything: snippets of conversations, dreams, rough drafts of homework assignments and pieces of flash fiction (though I didn’t know to call it flash fiction at the time).
And I’ve been writing ever since. But though I have my journals, that totally private space where I can let my mind wander and roam, uninhibited by self-consciousness or self-doubt, I have this blog as well. And now, this blog has become as much a part of me as my journaling, my writing.
From the first time I ever baked bread.
I’m looking forward to the next 500 posts. And the 500 posts after that. And however many hundreds or thousands of posts I’ll create throughout the life of this blog. Maybe I’ll hold onto this blog forever, my own little corner of the internet where I gather everything I like and reflect on how times are changing, and I’ll look back at the end and laugh at my youthful self. Maybe I’ll end this blog when I move onto whatever the next era of my life is, abandoning it until it becomes an ancient ruin, a ghost of a past life.
Whatever happens next, I’m still blogging now.
So here’s to writing 500 posts, and to 500 more,
Thanks for reading and growing with me!