"And then there's blogging, which should probably be included here. I get regular bouts of blog envy, finding ones with amazing writing, gorgeous layouts, outrageous photos and more authenticity. BUT, I'm mostly just glad that I've kept this one going even if it limps sometimes. Maybe it's not so creative, but at least it's not going away."Longevity for longevity's sake isn't really a worthy goal, yet the longer this experiment continues, the more value it has to me -- even the lamest posts from a half-dozen years ago make me smile and reflect...and it helps me remember, as this has become a sort of external memory bank. A couple of years ago I collected some of the highlights in one post. Maybe I'll pop a few links at the bottom of this post to collect highlights that have happened since then.
I've been thinking about it this week, as my cousin Nicole has decided to shutter her blog after four years. Most of my friends who have started blogs in the past five years have let them lapse, and the same can be said of most of the blogs ever started by anyone. It's not for everyone, it's not easy, and it doesn't always seem worth the effort -- many have found the quick updates of Twitter or Facebook more to their liking, which is better than nothing in an age when almost nobody writes letters any more, and even personal e-mails seem to have become infrequent. So I salute those who have continued to share bits of their lives online, and thank those of you who have contributed thoughts and encouragement here over the years.