Today marks 1 year since I started this whole jouirnaling aka blogging thing. :) I have learned a lot. I've realized that I'd get more (quantity) loyal readers if I segmented my various focuses, one journal for this, another for that, yet that's not me. Instead, I am comprised of these various (random) threads that make up the whole fabric of my life. And, I like who does read:) I started online journaling (blogging) as two of my friends had aol journals, and I missed getting my thoughts down. I rarely handwrite anything any more. I've made new friends I'm grateful for knowing:) Heck, I've even meet blogger Mike V I'm Going Sane in a Crazy World in real life when M and I happened down his way. I've read some really good stuff.
I was chosen "Guest Editor" one week in November on a day I was really busy. This was before I had any clue what it even truly meant, and shortly before (the then-)Journals Editor Jeff was (update) laid off along with about 500 others (sorry, Jeff, for wording that incorrectly!). (Here's his personal blog I enjoy reading: And I Am Not Lying, For Real ) It was great to highlight some journals I really liked, and I learned a lot from the experience.
Then, returning Journals Editor Joe kept my journal up as Featured Blogger for a while during which he worked to reconfigure the new AOL People Connections Page. Fun at first, I admit, I was relieved when it finally came off, as if I wasn't on quite the public display any more. Still public, but not the same feeling that hindered my comfort factor in writing.
I've been part of Carnivaol CarnivAOL™ (fun way to explore a variety of best posts / favorite journals.) I've voted for others to receive best blogger-like awards 2006 VIVI AWARD JOURNAL. I didn't even know there were these awards, or an AOL Connection page, or Journals Editors or message boards devoted to this "J-Land" stuff (never liked the term "J-land"). I'm learning to become more comfortable referring to this asa "blog." I've figured out a lot of the basics of AOL journaling. I can insert photos! and change fonts and add links. I know what a tag is. I laugh when the "visitors log" resets itself yet again. I guess I could get fancy. It'd probably be fun to learn:) It may be too distracting from just getting my thoughts from my head through the keyboard; I'm not sure. I'd LIKE to learn how to insert photos in a "big" way, in the middle of text (or maybe in the "about me" section even), and videos not just the link. I KNOW there's an icon for 1 year journaling, but I wouldn't know howto add it! (or how to get it).
My "style" is still evolving. I'm glad that I made this one public, for it's how I've gotten to share ADD/ADHD information, and obtained more, and met other blogging friends. Being public, however, means I can't just spout off, or list everything. I intend to start a personal journal also, one I can have family view, including M. (I actually started one but deleted it, uncertain just what I wish tocall it.) All neutral or positive comments (no dissing my mother for example, even if we've done great with each other lately! wow, or venting that child support is 3 weeks late), adding names and dates and stuff that I have to keep confidential on here. I'm not sure yet how disjointed that will feel for me to have two journals/blogs. I have gotten comfortable enough to finally add photos of myself on here, and some more specifically of M. The private journal will include more photos, perhaps not many, but I won't have to screen out the ones with, say, my dance group's name in it, etc. I'll give it a trial run:) (If you wish to be added, please just let me know, thanks.)
So I'm not a wet behind the ears freshman on here any longer. My "new" boss has been here almost a year. M has grown MANY inches taller and is in middle school now, BJ and I are good friends, the aquarium still isn't set up (setbacks and no longer of as much interest). I've learned what an Oireachtas is and am so proud of M (an O-what???). I took M to a DC nightclub (oy but great). Another year gone by. I've caught snippets of my thoughts, our moments. It's still evolving; I'm starting my sophmore year now:) I feel good here. Community spirit even,which I may not have gotten if I'd had this be private. Thanks, all.
p.s. -- the photo is from the Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Japanese Street festival last Saturday. M and I have cherry blossoms painted on our faces and are standing in front of a pink pig with wings parade balloon. :) That was a first, also!