image via for me for you, I also posted it way back here...
I’ve been thinking some lately about how having this blog has “changed me”… how it has altered our day-to-day, even if in only small ways.
It all started innocently enough, with a simple request by Millie to see pictures of herself as a baby. Given that Millie is my second-born, I (not surprisingly) have very few actual physical photographs of her. This is in stark contrast to Audrey’s painstakingly documented baby and toddler years (think six bursting at the seams photo albums).
What I do have is a blog. (I knew this blog would somehow come in handy.) And in between posts about my various obsessions (i.e. France, Sofia Coppola, northern California, drool-worthy rooms, striped shirts, attempts at simple living, what I wanted to buy, what I actually bought and what I didn’t buy…) there are photos of the girlies, quite a few in fact, and they happen to be handily organized in chronological order (take that photo albums).
So, with Millie perched on my lap, I pulled up the blog and selected August, 2007 from the pull-down menu…the month I started this blog, just six months after Millie was born.
After she got bored of the whole enterprise (which took a while, as she's pretty obsessed with looking at photos of herself of late), I continued scrolling through past posts, until I had looked at all 1300 (!) of them. It was nostalgia overload friends... a sort of speed "this is your life" covering the past four years that proved to be equal parts poignant and enlightening. I laughed, I cried.
One of the things I walked away with though was this notion that having the blog has somehow been a catalyst for my attempts at living a more fulfilling life. I mentioned this when I was writing about "Operation Simplicity", but there's something about being accountable, even if to just a handful of people, often strangers, on the Internet, that makes you want to rise-up more than you would normally.
Don't get me wrong, I would aspire to live a good and full life even if I weren't sharing details of it with you guys, but let's just say I might spend more entire Sunday afternoons watching tivo’d episodes of The Daily Show, and instead I’m compelled to do something more worthy, more inspiring (not that watching The Daily Show isn’t a worthy pastime…it’s a really good show). Rather than of OD'ing on Jon Stewart, I might, say... grab the girlies and hit up the museum for a couple of hours or go on a nature walk or attempt a craft or take-on some multi-step baking endeavor.
So for helping me be my best self I thank you friends...truly, from the bottom of my heart.
I'm curious if those of you who blog regularly have done the same thing? Do you ever look back on years worth of posts? Do you think your life has changed as a result of sharing it in a more public way?
a little trip down memory lane in photo form...