Captain’s Log 5,191
Wow! My blog-versary came and went and I didn’t even notice. I started all this nonsense on July 23, 2003. I was unemployed and disaffected. I was delivering flowers part time to make ends meet. Those were not the best of times. I was bored and angry.
I found an online journal on a site known as Diaryland, and I signed up and posted my first entry. A week later, somebody actually read what I wrote and said something.
Diaryland was a great community of writers. I met so many people there! It was cumbersome and hard to use, but we loved each other enough not to care.
Eventually, new journal sites sprang up that offered a lot more features for FREE. So I changed horses and moved to WordPress. Thousands of people did. Diaryland is still hanging on by a thread, but that’s not much of a lifeline.
At the height of my writing, when the blogging community was huge, I was reading about 40 journals a day. Now, I can count on one hand the regulars who post things. My readership is about 10% of what it used to be. Thank you, Facebook.
A lot has happened in those 13 years. I wrote, produced, and directed two full musicals. I also co-wrote and co-directed a non-musical for a local community theatre (no pay but it was still fun). I worked on a tall ship for an entire year. I worked as a research analyst (barf). I discovered the museum through theatre connections and now I run the place. I bought a new car for the first time. I bought my first house. I traveled to Europe three times.
But it hasn’t been all roses and wonderful stuff. I lost my precious mother. I also lost about 50 friends when I left the church. Very few of those folks will have anything to do with me. Four of the most delightful online writer pals of mine also passed away. Three staff members at the museum have also passed away.
Life moves and changes as it reshapes itself through our connections and our experiences. I sit here today with great gratitude that it continues to amaze me – both the good times and the bad. For it proves I am fully present in these moments.