Sometimes life goes by like a rocket, moving so fast it makes your head spin. And other times you look back and wonder Wow! Has it really been eight years?
That's how much time has evaporated since I first sat down at this little Compose window and keyed in the first post on my blog. The subject matter? Why I had joined the blogging world. Most of the reasons were pretty straight-forward. To keep up with friends and family. To establish a record of the everyday stories of our lives. To easily share what we were seeing and doing on our travels. And in the eight years I written in this space that never changed.
There was another reason too: A creative outlet. I've always loved to write and this gave me an excuse to muse on everything from the mundane to the miraculous. A little scrapbooking here, a few recipes there and probably too much complaining about the weather. A snapshot of life over a span of 96 months.
It's funny because I tried never to be thinking about who would read the blog...that would add a layer of pressure I didn't want. I wrote for myself and the end result was as if "you" were sitting here with me and I was telling "you" the story. It wasn't a style I adopted; I simply don't know another way to write and be authentic. It's surprising how many times I look back through the blog to find some detail we've forgotten or nail down some date and when that happens, I still find myself pleased with the words that reside here. Either I like to hear myself "talk" or the words have stood the test of time.
But one thing about that rocket ship of life; you don't stay in one place for very long. You're there and then it's time to move on. And that's how I'm feeling about the blog. The creative energy I once found in it has waned and that lack of interest has clearly been reflected in the infrequency of the posts. I gave serious consideration to giving it up last year when it came up for renewal but was not fully convinced it was time to let it go. This year I know. It's had its season in the creative sun and now it's time for something else.
The decision is not without regrets. I've made some amazing friends thanks to my little corner of the World Wide Web, some who truly are world wide. And while we may never meet in person, there is a very special relationship formed through the exchanged of typed words. The good news is I'll still be just an email away. And who knows, maybe I'll actually do more than just read Facebook now as a way to stay in touch.
It seems odd that in a year in which I've chosen Open as my word of the year that I would opt to close the blog. I'm hoping that there's truth in these words:
If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello. Anon.
Goodbye, blog. I'm ready to say hello to a different kind of New Day.