Due to the busy weekend which saw us traveling across the state to attend my brother-in-law's wedding, the seventh birthday of this blog passed on Friday with relatively little fanfare. It's probably for the best as seven years into this thing, my output has slowed. 2010 is on track to be my least prolific year since 2005. I don't think I'll crack 200 posts this year. Of course, this might all change next week when I'm going to try to do two posts a day (I'm off work for a week.) Then in November I plan on taking part in NaBloPoMo as a show of support while Heidi does NaNoWriMo. I did it unofficially last year and I did do 30 posts in 30 days, even if I didn't technically meet the goal of blogging every day. So that means you have at least 44 more scrumptious posts to look forward to this year. I'm also behind on posting my 25 books, although I've managed to catch up a bit on the actual reading of them.
I keep doing this even though blogging is so 2006 because, as was pointed out to me, it's a good historical record of my life and my interests - even if no one ever reads it but me. I know that readership of blogs in general is down and the tried and true method of knowing who's reading your blog via statistics programs has been stymied by the advent of RSS readers. Whenever I look at my stats, it's so hard to tell who is actually reading vs. arriving via an image search.
Another reason I do this is because I genuinely enjoy writing. Even when the writing's not so good or very short, it still keeps me in practice. The job I have does not lend itself very well to the creative writing so this was and continues to be a good outlet for that. The fact that anyone else chooses to take 5 minutes of their day to read what I write is a huge compliment to me. That I have made friends that have felt me worthy enough to include on a blogroll is amazing to me.
It may not always be interesting and it may not always be earth-shattering, but I am of the firm opinion that it doesn't always have to be. So I'll keep plugging away at this.
Happy 7th birthday blog. You're as much a part of me as I am a part of you.