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February 11, 2020

Nine Years Later…

It certainly has been a while since that first blog post nearly nine years ago.  I started off strong and energized and a (younger) woman on a mission.  I wrote fairly regularly for the first couple of years. Then life happened.  A lot of changes took place, including having another child.

Today, I got a reminder that I need to renew my domain and it got me thinking about all of this.  I started thinking back to when I started the blog nine years ago.  Things were definitely different.  As progressive as things seemed at the time, having the ability to write and “publish” things, throwing ideas out to the world without the scrutiny of a publisher seemed so bold and freeing.  It seemed so current. But things have changed over the course of the past nine years.  A lot!

There’s now Instagram and Snapchat and TikTok and… you know where I’m going.  Things have moved past just putting a couple of pictures and the written word “out there”.  People are taking selfies, and selfies of their selfies, and video chatting and posting videos of themselves lipsyncing and dancing and doing ridiculous things to get “likes” and “followers”.  And it’s all instantaneous. It’s out there and there’s no looking back. But nobody seems to care.  What happens in one minute is forgotten the next.

So as I contemplated whether or not to renew this domain, nine years after starting it. I started to consider whether it’s still valid.  Does anybody even take the time to read a blog any more?  What will I do with it?  What can I do with it?  I know I haven’t put much out there the past few years, but I feel like maybe it could still be useful.  Maybe I’ll repurpose it like an old sweater.  Do something different with it. Give it new life.

The thought did cross my mind though… have blogs gone the way of mail and the daily delivery of the newspaper? Are they heading in the direction of becoming obsolete?

For a moment I thought about letting the domain go and deleting the website altogether, but then I realized that I like relics!  I like baking my own bread.  I like growing my own food.  I like canning.  I like repurposing things.  I like (urban) homesteading and old houses.  I like nostalgia.  So this blog is staying!!

And… I know I’ve said it before, but I really hope to find more and more windows of time to get back into the swing of things.  I hope to write more, more often. Or maybe write less, more often.

Anyway… I’m still here.  Still kicking.  And looking forward to the next nine. 🙂

‘Til next time,

Kate 🙂