Write, Yours Truly

The story of a girl and her blog.

May 22, 2014

In July it will be my blog’s birthday.

It will be 9 YEARS OLD.

This was me in 2005

This was me in 2005

That blows my mind. I can’t think of anything other than reading that I have done that long. Well I have friends older than that but really, it is a very long time to be typing away sending my thoughts out into the ether. Originally this blog was called ‘Random outpourings of my mixed up mind’ and I am ashamed to say was basically a load of navel gazing weirdness and drivel. With the occasional good post in the mix. I was anonymous, writing under the name Dancinfairy. Then, as the story goes, I got drunk one day with my friends and told them all about it. Big mistake. I just stopped writing anything.

This was my avatar for my alter ego 'Dancinfairy'

This was my avatar for my alter ego ‘Dancinfairy’

So I did what any anonymous blogger would do, I started a new blog. It was called ‘A place of my own’ and I told all my followers (there was around 5 I think!) that I had ‘moved’ but none of my real life friends. And off I went again and I have never stopped. I have had months were the flow stopped and nothing was written but I love those bits too – the ebb and flow of my blog is a record of the ebb and flow of my life.

In August 2012 I went self hosted – I bought aplaceofmyown.co.uk and took the big leap. At the time I was having so many issues with Blogger that all my posts would either disappear without a trace or come up as badly formatted gobbledygook. (I just totally spelt gobbledygook right first time – go me!). Moving to self hosted WordPress was like a dream come true and I have never looked back. At that time I also imported all my old posts. So I have everything I have ever blogged here in one place. I lost a lot of comments sadly, but it was still the best thing to do.

I have heard about people going back and deleting parts of their archive. I think about it occasionally but there is so much that I have forgotten that one day I will want to read back. Not sure I would want my kids to read it perhaps. But then I am who I am and in the last 9 years I have grown up. I have gone from single girl in her 20’s living in Brighton, working, living with friends, drinking and going out. I have met my husband, bought a house, got married and had two children. I am not a stay at home mum, who is sort of self employed. I have all of this recorded in my place online and that is a good thing. I really cringe when I read back over some of my posts but I think that’s a good thing.

And this is me now.

And this is me now.

Post Blogtacular I have been thinking about my identity as a blogger. Everyone knows me as Kellyfairy, but it can be hard to connect my blog with my Twitter and Instagram. And those are the places that I make the most connections and get comments and have conversations. I know I rarely have the opportunity to comment on blogs these days and it is the same with people commenting here. So I am wondering is it time to have a rethink? Maybe even rename this blog? Is that too big a step or would that be just right for me now. I am not going to do it tomorrow that is for sure but I want this to be something that is really mine, and that I can develop and grow as I continue to develop and grow. PLEASE share your thoughts if you have them. Your opinion really matters to me.

Until I make a decision I think I am going to go back to the beginning and start reading my archives. That should keep me busy for a long time. And I may share some old posts along the way in the run up to my blog birthday. A celebration of sorts.

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2 Comments

  • Reply rusty {rambles} June 7, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Wow. 9 years! Happy Birthday! Name changes are big decisions. Tempting though! I’ve always loved the thought that you had to change your blog to escape RL friends. I’m pretty reticent in telling mine that I write! I have to admit – it took me a while to realise that A Place of My Own and @kellyfairy were one and the same!

    • Reply Kelly June 13, 2014 at 7:58 am

      I think I will keep the name but I do have to think of a way of linking the two. But I love Kellyfairy so I don’t want to loose that. I probably need to use my social media to pimp my blog a bit more and then perhaps people will see the link.

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