I can’t express how excited I am for you to be here reading my blog! I have been working on this for over 4 months now, and this is my first published post!
4 months you say?! Yep. Actually, it’s nearly 5. When I started out on this journey I wanted to share my life with you guys. I wanted a place to post all my tips and tricks and healthy news that I gather. I want a creative outlet. I want a place to call “home” on the inter webs. And I have so much to share with you guys!
But, as I started down this path I got overwhelmed. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes. It’s not as easy as opening up a Word doc and punching on the keyboard. Without going into too much detail, it took me a few weeks just to figure out how a self hosted WordPress site worked.
I was nearly in tears [ok…I’ll admit a few tears were shed] with frustration at how little help there is on the internet. [install the Genesis Framework. ummm…ok thanks. that’s SUPER clear. where? on my hard drive? somewhere out on the internet? seriously that can’t be ALL of the instructions…]
And while I could have gone with a normal WordPress site, I wanted my site to be perfect. And all the bloggers say self hosting is the way to go.
Then there were the topics. That comes easy. I already have over 200 posts started.
The writing. That’s pretty easy too. I’ve always been a talker and I just talk in my head and type out what my brain is saying.
But here’s the really hard part. This is where I got stumped. Pictures. I want to give you guys an amazing visual experience. I love blogs that have beautiful pictures and they’re organized really nicely and they’re pleasing to look at.
So I’ve been stewing for months, writing blog posts, not publishing them, researching, composing, not completely finishing because these darn pictures are so mysterious to me.
I want beautiful pictures on my blog. I want hundreds of posts so it doesn’t look like I’m just starting out. I want whoever runs across my blog to instantly be in love with it and not think “wow, she has a way to go” or “amateur!”.
But, then it hit me. I am an amateur! I am just starting out! I would be taking away from the experience if it was just instantly a mature blog. This is a learning process. If I don’t just start, I’ll never get better, and no one can start out being perfect right away. I want you guys to see me grow, watch as my pictures become better, my writing style changes, and I become a better blogger.
Part of the beauty in life is learning and growing and developing. You’re curating yourself. I love looking at our old photos [yes even the awkward teen years] because it shows who I was, where I came from, and those events shaped me to become the person I am today.
So, I decided tonight that I’m going for it. I’m writing my first post and I’m hitting publish. I hope you guys enjoy the journey and I hope that I can inspire you all to be healthier, happier, and, well, enjoy life.
I’m excited to look back in a year and see how I’ve changed. How my pictures change over time, how my writing style changes, and even what has changed in my life.
Here it goes. Please pardon the mess while I still clean up code.
I welcome all of you to come along for the ride!
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
– Hunter S. Thompson