Fifteen years ago today, I typed the first post on this blog.
I just wrote that sentence out and I can hardly believe it.
Fifteen years! That’s so wild.
When I started this blog, I had no idea I’d still be writing here a decade and a half later. I also seriously had no idea about some of the twists and turns my life would take.
As I think about that, my heart is just so filled with thankfulness! I often say that I am so thankful to 2008 Kristen for giving this blogging thing a try.
2008 Kristen could never have known it, but this blog was, in many ways, a ticket to freedom.
It would have been possible to leave my marriage without it, of course (people do this all the time), but the income from my blog has made it so, so much easier than it would have been otherwise.
I really didn’t start my blog with the idea that it would one day support me (I had no idea I’d need it for that!), but here we are. I am so very grateful that I can get paid to do something that I love and that is meaningful.
While I’m grateful that blogging pays my bills, I am especially grateful that I still get joy out of it. Even though I’ve been writing here for 15 years, I still love what I do!
I still have ideas for posts.
I still love the process of putting words and pictures together.
I still am super happy if I get a quiet day where I can write a bunch of posts.
I still love the community here.
I still love hearing from you guys; the encouraging feedback from you all is what makes this work meaningful to me. I know that this place (both my post and the community here) has made a difference in your lives, and that’s what keeps me going!
Also: you all have been such an encouragement and blessing to me over this last year and a half since I left my marriage. Some of you have helped me in very practical ways, and so many of you have faithfully cheered me on in this process of building a new life.
I was telling a friend the other day that I often think, “Where would I be without my blog, and all the people here?” You have enriched my life in so many ways, and I am so glad you choose to be here. 🙂
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
P.S. Top two posts of all time here:
P.P.S. I know it’s my country’s birthday today, but on this website, the blog birthday is what gets the attention. 😉