I started blogging 3 years ago today.

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.  ~William Wordsworth

gkerstingladybywindowwriting word-collage

It was November 29, 2006. Tristan “presented” me with my very own namesake website and I was excited, but wary, hopeful, yet afraid; I felt exposed, naked and thoroughly vulnerable – about to share my innermost thoughts, stories and dreams with the whole wide world…or at least with my mom and my kids. 

Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?”  Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

Just emerging ever so slightly from a very despairing place at the start of the blog, my words initially felt ripped from my guts, laying me bare for everyone to judge.  Now I read those early posts and I doubt anyone can really see how bloody and tormented they were for the darkness I was struggling to escape.  But they were what I could do at the time.  Over the course of 3 years I have both willingly divulged and unmasked my pain and faults or carefully hidden and protected myself, alternately (it isn’t my real true life, only what I allow you to see).  But I am so much less afraid of feeling now and admitting to that, caution to the wind.

A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer.  But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.”   – Stephen King

I am so blogging this!

This is my 740th post and Akismet has saved me from over 50,000 vile spam comments.  I have rambled on about my family and music and movies and silly news stories and  my failures and blessings and what I have heard God say and the dog and gardening with a heavy tomato emphasis (because tomatoes are  probably the best thing I write at all) and growing and healing and I write graphomaniacally because it is how I finally, at this ridiculous age, am finding out what I actually think about things – about anything and everything.  Most anything is blog-fodder.

I love writing.  I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.  ~James Michener

My blog is my love note to living.  It’s the depository of the bits and pieces, “the collage”, as it were, of my thoughts and feelings and silliness and words.  It is embarrassingly me

The real reason I blog like a maniac?

I LOVE the comments.  I LIVE for the comments.  Like this one from Bryan recently when I mentioned how a lot of my blog-peeps had started spending so much time on Facebook, they aren’t really blogging anymore.  Here is his response:

“OK OK I’ve had a little bloggers-block of late and I actually don’t spend as much time on line as I usually do. I will try to do better. Because your side of the internet is getting full and I would hate for the internet to tip over.”

That did make me laugh, actually, right out loud! 

And guess what my mom wants for Christmas?  The only thing she requests?  She wants a book form in paper (!) of this blog – something she could get online at any given moment of the night or day. 

Ah, yes.  I am writing for my mama.  But I am glad/honored/so grateful you are reading, too.

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood.  I’d type a little faster.  ~Isaac Asimov

images: google (woman writing, and word collage), representing the “romantic” notion of writing a blog and the messy, wordy side of it

7 thoughts on “Blogoversary

  1. Yeah for blogging! You do it so much better than most. This blog is a BLESSING and a MINISTRY…LOVE it and LOVE YOU!

  2. Stef is so right! Your blog ministers to my soul. I am so grateful for stumbling onto your blog and getting to meet you because of it. Keep on rollin’ Jeanie! I love that you push me to think in different ways and stop to appreciate all the little things, there are so, so many these days. Happy Blogoversary to YOU!

  3. I’m so glad honey, that is a milestone! I remember when you had very little outlets to get your words out and now… The rest is history. You are touching a lot of people’s lives. I’m so proud of you. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!
    More to come…

  4. I too love your blog and am so thankful that you are doing this. I look forward to reading each and every one of them. You are such a blessed and talented woman.

    I liked what you said about… “what I” want for Christmas this year. I’ll “take it”….with Bells on!!! I’ve read quit a few pages…but I like reading your awesome material…at my leisure….and also I am on the computer..emailing etc. several times a day —trying to keep up ..(especially with my kids.)
    A book will help!

  6. I’m glad you blog. Your words make me think, laugh, and sometimes cry. I enjoy your kids and grandbebes. You encourage me as a wife, mother, friend, and daughter. You are salty…makes me thirst for God. Love you!

  7. The world has been a much better place since you started passing on a little of who you are in blog form. And while I can’t claim that I’ve read all of your posts, I’m glad that they’re immortalized online for me to look through when needed. Thank you for living your life outloud. Love you!

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