This is my seventh year of participation in the A to Z Challenge. My intent this year is to share a little bit about me each day… the good, the bad, and the ugly… so you can get to know “the woman behind the words” a little better!
B – I’ve known a few of those along the way; I’ve been one a time or two, too! 😉 But by far the most important “B” in my life, the one having the biggest impact, is blogging.
I began my first blog on August 21, 2006, over eleven years ago, and named it “A Piece of My Mind.” I had recently discovered blogging after reading an article by Dana Lonehill which referenced her blog. After looking at her blog I was fascinated by this amazing new way of communicating with people. I had to try it, an online page of my very own!
At that time I was living with my then-husband of thirteen years in rural New Mexico, commuting to work in town each day, and spending long, lonely hours alone at home as he was gone most of the time working in the oilfield and playing drums in a rock n’ roll band. Our relationship was slowly falling apart due to drugs and other issues, and would come to and end by the close of that year. Blogging, as it was back then, was an ideal outlet for making friends, and finding the encouragement and support I so desperately needed.
On April 7th of 2007 I began a new blog called “Picking up Pieces”. This is the first post from that blog…
It seems some sort of introduction is in order. A few months back, after years of struggling with the realities of the relationship I was in, I made the decision to end my thirteen-year marriage and move out on my own. As decision proceeded to actuation emotions ran high and the situation grew intense. Looking back now, I’m amazed I got through those days, amazed I found the courage to finally say “enough”. It hasn’t been an easy journey since then. I’m still settling in and coming to terms with the realities of what of my new life will be. My emotions have been all over the place and I’ve found it difficult to communicate, even with the handful of people who have been a tremendous source of love and encouragement. That has always been my way… when life gets hard I hide. But I’m feeling the need to start reaching out again, to reconnect with life and those I love. Living is a process, day-by-day steps on a path toward fulfilling our spiritual destinies. This blog is my way of sharing that journey, since none of us travel alone. We are all related and here to help each other along the way.
For the remainder of 2007 I wrote on Picking Up Pieces under the pen name of Josie Two Shoes, and in a by-invitation-only blog called Sophie Says, after a stalking relative made privacy a necessity. I summed the year up this way…
As 2007 came to a close I ended my “Picking Up Pieces” blog and took a break from blogging. Just one year earlier I left my spouse and twelve years of married life behind in a desperate move to find and restore the parts of me that had been broken or lost along the way. 2007 proved to be the most emotionally difficult year of my life. It seemed that everything needed to unravel before anything could be rebuilt. At times I nearly gave up hope of surviving, much less recovering. Had it not been for the love, acceptance, and encouragement I found among friends here, there is no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t have made it.
In April of 2008 I began a new Josie Two Shoes blog that would evolve into Two Shoes in Texas. This was one of my first posts…
At 52 years of age I set out on my own, determined to rediscover myself and rebuild my life. A year and a half later things are coming together in ways more awesome than I ever could have imagined. I am moving to Texas to begin a new life in a new town with a new house and new job and a wonderful new relationship. I am excited about the future! The purpose of this blog is to record and share the adventure.
And what an amazing adventure it has turned out to be… truly the happiest years of my life! I often say that God saved the best for last, when I would appreciate it so much more! Since that time I have blogged on and off, sporadically taking breaks of a month or longer, but always returning to write again. Writing has always been my first love.
Blogging has changed a great deal in the past ten years. In the beginning it was often a close group of bloggers who became like family, sharing the ups and downs of our lives. Now we find all kinds of blogs written for all kinds of purposes and by people of all ages. There is truly a niche for everyone, as is evidenced by the broad spectrum of categories in this year’s A to Z Challenge.
In recent years I’ve tried my hand at fiction and found it to be great fun, I have been known to kill of characters with great regularity! 🙂 I have shared a little of my late night poetry, and and a bit of the wisdom I’ve gained in sixty-plus years of life. Sometimes when I go back and read posts from ten and eleven years ago I am amazed at what I wrote, the person I was back then is hardly recognizable to me. I am grateful for how strong I have become, and much I have grown because of those experiences.
At the beginning of this year I finally made the move from Blogger to WordPress, a change that I’d been contemplating for some time, weary of the never-ending problems and lack of tech support at Blogger. It was nervous about the change, but Word Press has turned out to be the best move I’ve made. My desire to blog had nearly died; now it’s returned, and it feels good!
I look forward to celebrating twelve years in the blogsphere next August, we will have some kind of birthday party here for sure, and I hope you’ll join me!
What inspired you to start blogging? How long have you been blogging now?
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