I don’t remember what I was doing on August 3, 2023, but I know what I was doing on August 3, 2008. Starting a blog, that’s what.
Fifteen years ago I started a blog called My Own Velvet Room after a favourite book from my childhood. It still exists, though I migrated to this space in 2010. You can pop over and take a look, but it will send you over here eventually. In addition to migrating, I combined blogs because at that time I had multiple sites. Crazy, I know.
At Arms of Adoption I wrote about the topic from an adoptee’s perspective, and at A Grandma’s Garden I wrote about—well, that’s obvious, isn’t it? I also had a website because as a fledgling writer it was all about online presence and platform back then (Maybe it still is. I stopped playing that game.) Anyway, I came to my senses in 2010 and pulled everything into one place, and here we are.
A peek at my stats reveals that over the years, I’ve published 2,454 blog posts, had 71,446 visitors, and 9,398 comments. The number of visitors and comments is skewed as a result of of combining multiple blogs into one—they would be higher if I had started here and stayed here. A browse through the archives reveals snippets of things that reappeared in my first memoir, Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Grief to Gratitude. Interesting stuff—to me, if no one else, at least.
Brenda, at It’s a Beautiful Life (You should check out her blog. It’s a beautiful and positive space), celebrated 15 years of blogging a little over a week ago by sharing links to 15 posts from August past—one for each year of blogging. I love her idea so much that I’m going to do the same here.
Some posts are short and sweet, others longer and meatier. I see things I’d do differently in each one, but am leaving them as they were originally published. It’s kind of fun to see where my blog life started and how it’s changed over the years. It’s equally interesting to see my change in focus from my working years to these sweet retirement ones.