I realized the other day that I have been blogging for two years, since February 2010. Then I got to thinking about what it's done for my life.
I've discovered I can tackle something I have no clue about, and make it fun and learn along the way.
I've made many wonderful friends across the world and realized we are all pretty much the same, but different in ways that make me smile.
I've discovered that if I could figure out how to make a living off blogging, I would. So far, I haven't worked that out, so I must keep that full time job to pay the bills. And I haven't decided if that's something that will limit my creativity, or expand it.
I have found an outlet for my inner ramblings. Now everyone can peek into my inner thoughts and random nonsense. It keeps me sane. Online vomiting is a good thing!
I have realized that I love to share what I'm reading, cooking, and doing in my backyard gardening. And I get to take pictures and share them, too.
This has enabled me to stretch myself and figure out how to use my computer, camera, iTouch, and produce podcasts to share with others. Wow! I can't believe I can do these things. And there's so much more to learn.
Blogging can suck up so much of my time that I get nothing done. It's all about balance this year. Not blogging so much, reading other blogs every few days instead of all the time. I make an effort to comment, cause everyone loves to know others are reading your words.
I've learned that a blogging book club is a great idea, but just doesn't fly. It's easier to post a review and then have people talk about a book than get people to read one book a month together. This was a huge disappointment to me, but a lesson in letting go and moving on. And it's the same in "real life", too. People love the idea of a book club, but don't want to commit. Ce' La Vie.
I have learned that if women ruled the world, we would eat incredible food, run like hell, and laugh all the time.
Blogging is fun for me. It's not a forum for discussing life problems, or how the world is going down the shitter. It's a place where I can just have a good time, with occasional bouts of seriousness.
So here's to another year of discovery, laughter, and great recipes. And yes, photos of flowers.