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...