Wednesday, November 11, 2015

My Blogging Journey, part one

It is difficult for me to get my head wrapped around the fact that it has been nearly ten years since I began my blogging journey.
I started blogging as Kirb Appeal on the Xanga platform in 2005 as a way for me to cope with the short illness and quick (but not quick enough, he would argue) death of my father.



Counselors will tell you that a good way to work through something is to journal about it. I'm someone who needs to be held accountable for doing this sort of thing, and I knew it would be best done publicly, so I started a blog (over at Xanga).

Then the anorexics found me.

Anyone who has been reading my posts for awhile knows that I am aware of mental illness and that anyone, anytime, can suffer its ravages. It is no laughing matter and I would attest that it is as serious (or more serious, in some cases) as a debilitating physical illness.  Anorexia is no laughing matter.

But sometimes you just have to say: WTF?

(I'm not entirely sure why the Pro-Ana lifestylers chose me...perhaps they were jealous of my thin mints?)

So I left xanga (and can no longer see that blog, because when they backed up xanga to 2.0, they didn't back up the blogs that hadn't been updated, and mine was a good five years overdue for a post) and came to Blogger. I know that if I want to be considered a "serious" blogger, I should be hopping on another platform's platform, but they know me here, and I like that. I also don't have the $300 to get someone to move me and I can't be bothered with plug-ins. It's just all too exhausting, really.

(Luckily, I was able to bring some of my friendships from xanga to my new life--you know who you are.)



And I tooled along, minding my own business, writing for myself and if 11 other people read it, that was cool. Two or three times a month I'd get a comment and I would get so excited! Granted, they were generally spam-generated comments, but sometimes? It was a REAL, LIVE PERSON! (Of course, it was usually Hoop, who felt obligated by sisterhood not to leave me hanging for too long without a comment.)

So there I was, minding my own business, when this happened:



Blogging became a whole new ballgame.

Stay tuned for part two...

12 comments:

Bliss said...

Oh God, a two parter. Just know there are more two parter's in my TV viewing life that I never attended. I always forget, at least I did before the days of recording. I can't record your blog, but I can make a recording telling Siri to remind me.

Andrea said...

I think it is fun to try to remember how I found each blogger I follow, and what the spark was that kept me coming back. This is interesting to see how/why you started! (I think my last comment got eaten, so I am sorry if it came twice)

Art and Sand said...

What a tease!

I have been following you since the day I found you, probably in 2012 when I began blogging.

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

On the edge of my seat.

Anna of the Mutton Years said...

I want to skip to the next page.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Cliffhanger....aaargh!

BARBARA LANDERS said...

I found KIRB APPEAL (Absolutely LOVE that name!) this year. I THINK the first one I read had your comments on DOWNTON ABBEY. I laughed myself SILLY!!!! So so funny! I like your decorating stuff...and your sense of humor. I fact, I cannot wait for this season's critique of Downton!!!! Keep up the good work, gal!

Rose L said...

I have never been anorexic, but do have ARFID (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder). In other words, I d not eat enough and have been that way all my life (63 now) though when young I was called a picky eater. I was diagnosed 2 years ago and still struggling. I enjoy your blog and will keep with ya!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

So glad I found you and then MET you, Kirbs... looking forward to part 2! xo Heidi

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Oh Bliss - how could Kirby possibly tell a tale of 10 years in just two blog posts? I think she'll be pulling a JK Rowling with at least 7 installments. Each of which I eagerly await!

:) Linda

Marie Blackburn said...

Noooooooo, you can't keep us hanging Kirby.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Canada happened??!! Hey, are you going to comment on the re-airing of Downton season 5 that airs Sunday night? Are you going to be watching it?

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