In July it will be my blog’s birthday.
It will be 9 YEARS OLD.
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.
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.
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.