Yes, you read that right - 10 years!
I made my first post on November 26, 2005. And to signify this milestone - I am doing a giveaway hosted by the my favorite brands and establishments.
I am grateful and honored to have stayed in the industry this long. Who would have thought right? I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would still be writing and blogging 10 years in. It's such a feat in my books.
Along the way, I have met so many people from different walks of life. Most of whom I've remained in contact with. Some, I've become really good friends with. I've met people through this blog that have helped me survived one way or another. They lent a helping hand without strings attached. And I appreciate each and every one of them. Let's not forget the bad - they were not all bad, but there are a handful of bad. But I think this blogging experience wouldn't be complete without them. As they stay - a good story has to have those nasty but effect contrabidas, right?
So, what made me start this blog? To be perfectly honest - unlike most *bloggers* nowadays, I started this space with the most simple of reason. I was tired of writing on a journal. I enjoyed feeling the keyboard on my fingertips. I found the clicking sound, soothing. I liked the fact that I can type using all of my fingers too! Hahaha! All of those typing classes in HS have paid off. I owe much of my typing skills from the software Typing Tutor (does anyone remember that program?). I didn't start this blog for any other reason aside from keeping a journal (online), one that I with just a click, can bring me back to what once was - a memory but with proof.
Blogging has taught me one thing. That I am not alone. That there are people like me somewhere out there in the world. That I share the same thoughts and insights with people I hardly know. It humanized the world more for me. It made me realize that writing - can touch lives no matter the distance, no matter the language, no matter the time difference.
I have always been questioned on my privacy issues. Why I bother writing and putting information out there. Why I write about sensitive topics. Why I even share details of my private life. Well, for one - I think I am careful with the things I publish. For one, does anyone know the real name of my Panget (aside from those blogger friends that have become my *real-life* friends?) There are certain details
So what does having a 10 year old blog mean?
To be honest, for me - it just means I have spent 10 years writing and sharing. I have successfully filled this blogger site with stories and images of what life was for me. And it is really nice to have something like this to look back on.
When I re-read my earlier blogposts - the feel is different, even the writing style is different. It makes me remember how I was and who I was back then, and it's exhilarating! To be able to capture those emotions some 5 to 10 years ago. It's like a time capsule, the only difference is - you can back read anytime.
I never expected to have readers. NEVER expected it, even in my wildest dreams. I mean, who would follow ME? Didi? Who was I kidding right? But it happened. And life was never the same.
Let me cut the mood of this post and say THANK YOU in advance to the following:
Vikings Luxury Buffet
Glad, Clorox and Pinesol
Paper Chic Studio
Stay tuned because on Thursday, I will be posting my 10th Year Anniversary Giveaway!!
P.S. I felt the need to update my blog's design. Tell me what you think! Leave a comment, and maybe just maybe - a lucky commenter will win my favorite ballpen, the Jetstream!
P.P.S I might do a more emotional post. Hahaha!! :)