Or, my history with blogging.
I’m no stranger to blogging and/or keeping a journal.
I’ve had one ever since I was a teenager during the early *N’SYNC days.
Only, those entries geared toward things like:
I HAD A DREAM ABOUT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE LAST NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I HOPE THIS MEANS WE WILL B MARRRRRRIEEED 1 DAY.
Damn you, Jessica Biel.
The only thing is, I would fill up ten or so pages and forget about it. That is, until I bought a newer and prettier journal and start writing in that one. Yes, I was that kind of person.
Then the vicious (and not to mention wasteful) cycle began. In my defense, I’m kind of obsessed with stationary and journals of all kinds. They’re pretty and look great and I love pens.
THEN, the Internet came along.
Somewhere between sophomore and junior year of high school, my BFF found a journaling website called UpSaid (now a defunct website). I wrote everything you can imagine a teenager would write about – school, boys, drama (theater drama and…sometimes actual drama) and the weather. Heavily included were spelling errors and grammatical errors.
Who needed proper grammar? Not me, that’s who!
Looking back on it, I’m glad that website has been taken down. Embarrassing.
I stayed there for a little over two years – after the point they started to charge for journal hosting. YOU COULD HAVE POLLS! Because, polls were important. Or something. I never used them but they were an option for paid subscribers!
Then, I cut my losses.
I wanted something bigger and better! As the case always is, right?
This time, that something bigger and better was LiveJournal.
LiveJournal was a whole new ballgame for me and one that I loved and cherished every moment of. Or, at the very least, up until there’s another DDoS attack, or they make changes that people aren’t usually on board with and no one can sign on or do anything.
I’ve had a LiveJournal since August of 2004 and when I went over to LiveJournal, I told myself that it was going to be different there. My voice, and hopefully my writing, was going to be a little more mature and I was going to find others that had the same interests as I did. I can honestly say, after nearly ten years, that I’ve met so many wonderful and talented people that I’m thankful I went over to LiveJournal. Those are friendships that I plan on keeping for as long as they put up with me (*waves and blows kisses to those who have followed me over*).
I learned a lot through my years on LiveJournal and not just about blogging but about myself and forming friendships and maintaining those friendships with other people from across the country and around the world. People who I greatly admire and some of whom I’ve met in person over the years (and if I haven’t met them yet, I want to).
Now, here we are, on the cusp of 2014, and I’m starting a new chapter of my blogging experience. One that I hope will open my horizons to new things, all the while keeping a healthy balance with work and life in general.
To be honest, I never thought that I would keep something up like a blog. But here I am, ten years later and still going with something new.
I feel Detour from the O.Z will be a blog dedicated to the pieces of my life that are best told in of itself.
A slice of the real life, so to speak.
Initially, I plan to post at least twice a week, more if I have more things to say.
My hope is to continue doing the Weekly Wishes posts (because so far, that’s been fun) and at least one other. Whether that’s a manicure that I do (because what else would I do with over 150 bottles of nail polish sitting around), any sort of creative project that gets done (whether it be graphic design, hand lettering, photography or painting related) or travel-related posts (stories, I have them), I plan to bring a number of different things to the table.
Truth is, I’m interested and get giddy about a number of different things – from TV shows (Hi, Sleepy Hollow), to movies (I think it’s time to watch Inception for the 5,000th time) and snow (see my first post). So, you never know what you may get but I can promise that it will be, at the very least, entertaining.
I mean, who doesn’t love old pictures of *N’SYNC?
What about you? New to the blogging world/journaling world? Had one for a while? What’s your story? Any commiserating tales of looking back on old journal entries and wincing in pain or laughing because they were just THAT bad/good?