Yes, my Grandboy turned seven at the end of December, but he’s not the seven-year-old I’m talking about. No, I’m talking about this blog which is Seven years old today!
January 27th, 2007… I was on a medical leave from my teaching position, with time on my hands to enjoy my new Grandboy, read lots of books, (and talk about those books with my Mom over the phone) and also explore the new-to-me world of book blogging…
I am a very shy and private person, but I was intrigued by the book community discussions and the creativity of those blogs. So, as another way of sharing books with my Mom, this very shy person started a book blog and began to write about what I read and how my reading impacts my life.
I immediately discovered that the very best thing about the book blogging world is the people! Blogging friends and authors are cherished people in my life now, even though most of us have not met each other in person yet, although I have been very fortunate to be able to actually meet a few of them. [Kristen, it was so fun to meet with that group of Seattle-area bloggers way back when. I love being able to picture Z when you write about him, although my mental picture of him is of a little boy and he has grown so much since then!] This blogging world has also inspired and expanded my reading, encouraging me to read beyond my usual patterns and explore other books worlds. It has all enriched my life tremendously.
The book blogging world has changed a lot in seven years. I remember when Twitter arrived, and I was intimidated by the very personal contact the bloggers were beginning to have with each other. My shyness factor kept me away from that world for a long time. Now, I enjoy those more personal and informal communications about books and life. But I still love sitting down and writing a blog post and exploring how a book intertwines with my life.
I am also “older and wiser” than I was seven years ago. A few years ago, after a series of sad family happenings, I stopped blogging for 15 months. Part of that silence was about grieving, but the other part of the silence had to do with privacy and trust. Unfortunately, I had learned first-hand that the internet can be used for malicious purposes or to present a completely fabricated view of a person’s life. It was a traumatic experience, and it took me a long time to come to terms with the vulnerability I felt for myself and my family by being online.
But I really missed blogging and the interactions with my blogging friends. I finally decided that the best thing I could do for myself was to return to my blog and continue to write about my life — with honesty and emotional integrity. That’s what really matters afterall.
So my blogging journey continues and I celebrate seven years of sharing my book life with you. Thank you, dear readers, for stopping by my blog occasionally to read my thoughts. And a special thank you to those of you who didn’t give up on me during my silence and warmly welcomed me back. You all mean the world to me!
Happy Blogiversary!! I am so glad even when you step away for a bit you always come back, Robin. 🙂
Happy 7th, Robin, and here’s to many more! I just had a total moment of “What?! But he was a baby just… oh wait, that was seven years ago” in regards to your grandson 😛 I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for nearly even years myself.
Congratulations and here’s to another seven years!
Seven years! Happy blogiversary, Robin. I am so glad you returned to blogging when you did! I’ve enjoyed your posts about books and your life in Oregon and I am quite certain we will meet some day.
This was so wonderful to read. I am so happy you are in the blogging, and my, world.
Thanks, Kelly! You will always be dear to my heart for sending me that note wondering how I was doing. It was a very kind act that helped me find my way back.
Thanks, Ana! You would be amazed to see how tall that Grandboy is right now. He’s so much fun, just learning to read, has his first loose tooth, and brings so much joy to our lives.
Thanks, Hannah and Lynn! That seven years really few by quickly!
Thanks, Les! I think so, too — we’ll meet up before too long.
Thanks, Nan. Ditto!