3rd House Journal marked its official 10th anniversary yesterday, moving over on November 18, 2004 from my first blog site (which I started on September 14, 2003). The fact that I passed right by this year's blogday is emblematic of the current status of my blogging, or I guess of my life now.
When I started blogging in 2003, I was living out in the countryside, freelance writing, no colleagues, lonely, friends a lengthy car ride away, and too much time on my hands. I also had a desire for creative expression. I'd been in a writing group for a short time, but that disbanded. I thought I could set up a blog site to have a space for the writers from that group to post stories and share -- it was 3rd house party, 3rd house for the astrological house associated with writing, house party because it would be a shared fun place. The writers from that group weren't interested, but I kept posting and it turned out there were lots of people out there in the blogisphere who were, sharing on their blogs their writings, creative expression, thoughts, and virtual friendship. It went beyond virtual when I met several bloggers in person and developed offline friendships that continue to this day.
I left that first blog site (ah Radio Userland, it's still going!) in 2004 after many technical issues, finding a home at Typepad with a new name, 3rd House Journal, one woman's thoughts and day-to-day things. My life has become more full since I went back to full-time work in 2005, since I moved closer to the big city in 2007, and even more so when I started spending weekends with D in 2009. My job involves writing during nearly all of the 40 hours I put in, tapping out most of my supply of words each day (and sometimes even my capability to put two thoughts together in my head). And yes, I have Facebook for an online social network, with many of my blogger friends present there, whether or not they still maintain blogs. But I'm happy to still maintain my blog here in its current capacity and hopefully in whatever capacity it evolves in the future.
Happy blogday, dear blog!