I realized not long ago that I've been blogging off and on for about 10 years. Mostly I started for me, to record the things that were happening inn my life for myself. It wasn't public and I was my only reader. At some point I decided to take the plunge to make it public. I remember thinking how scared I was to do that and open myself up to criticism. At that point I was big into scrapbooking/paper crafting and I belonged (actually still belong) to a big name website. Bloggers who opened up their blogs to the women on that site were ripped apart. But I got over my fears and just did it.
My blog has been a record for everything from dating to meeting Pete to wedding planning, to family issues, to losing weight to my surgery. It's a record of what I've gone through in the last 10 years and just as life changes, so does the focus of my blog. I've designed it myself (I am a horrendous designer), I've used free templates and most recently I've used Hubby Jack. He is a much better designer than I am, by far. I'd totally recommend him if you're looking for some design.
In the last couple of years I've thought more about how I could help people with my blog. First with losing weight and having a gastric band and now with being a Previvor and my mastectomy. I've also thought about how my connections with friends over the Internet are very important to me. I've had great friends over the Internet for 7-8 years that have sustained me through hard times and rejoiced with me in good times.
So, with that, I joined a couple of swaps. I love learning about how/why other people blog and learning more about blogging. I joined Brew Mama's Fall Swap. My partner is Getz Girl On Fire. And holy buckets, her running photo is fierce! She's obviously determined to re4ach her goals and that's very cool. I'm finding out more about her and we have some pretty cool things in common: she's crazy about her pups like I am with mine, she loves her Keruig like I love mine and we both like to cook and stalk Food Network Celebs! I'm a bit jealous of her wonderful friends and their great trips. Those friend connections are what makes life and making memories on those trips just solidifies the friendship even further. So go check her blog out!