Blog on a Hot Tin Roof

Tin Ceiling pic by Brianna Lehman on Flickr Creative Commons

This coming Sunday, March 23, marks a pretty big day for me – the 10th anniversary of my blog. Ten long years I have been writing in this space, creating a little nook on the big wide web where I can just be myself. Ten years, 1488 posts, and so many, many words about Dance Show.

It’s a milestone, to say the least. The traditional 10 year anniversary gift is tin, but the modern version is diamond jewelry, so you know, use your own judgement.

I’ve had times when I was very prolific, times when the words just flew out of my fingers. I’ve had times when I didn’t have anything to say (but it didn’t seem to stop me from blogging anyway), and times when I had lots to say, but no time to get it all down. I’ve had times when I wondered why exactly I did this, and what my goals were, and if I should be working on a brand; and other times when I’ve just written little stories for myself only and not cared if anyone ever reads it. (Well – you’re still under obligation, Sir Monkeypants.)

Somehow or other, I’ve kept it going and now it’s one of my biggest treasures. A place where I can instantly be taken back to happy times, sad times, great memories that might otherwise be buried under the day-to-day whirlwind of chores and obligations. A place where a small snapshot of my family is captured, a sliver of a history book that will show my kids who I was, who they were, who we were together.

A place where I feel comfortable speaking in my own voice, sharing my own thoughts. Free to write what I want, when I want, and because I feel the desire and need to tell stories with words.

Blogging is an odd thing, a publishing platform that can be used in so many ways. It’s sometimes hard to say what, exactly, it is, or what, exactly, it’s all for. But I know this: for me, it’s beautiful. Moments of my life captured in 300 word chunks. Perfect little phrases shared with others who also write perfect little phrases of their own lives. A base that launched me into a community of lovely, thoughtful minds sharing lovely, thoughtful stories and tales and comments of their own.

It’s the literature of my life. Happy anniversary.

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19 thoughts on “Blog on a Hot Tin Roof

  1. Congratulations and happy anniversary to Turtlehead! I’ve only been along for part of the 10-year journey and I must say you continue to inspire me! (Wish I’d thought of the diamonds in a tin can! Bravo, Nicole! )

  2. I have been told by more than one person that ‘it’s not about you’. Well like you say yourself, it is. This is the same reason I blog. It’s about me. I just happen to share it, whatever it is I want to write about. I love your blog, I’m happy I got to *know* you and I hope to keep reading you for the next 10 years! Happy Anniversary.

  3. Thanks for blogging Lynn; I always enjoy your posts.

    If you’ll permit me a bit of curmudgeonly grammar-sniping, may I suggest you celebrate your 10th anniversary by starting a trend and never saying “n-year anniversary” again?

  4. wow! happy anniversary! i`ve been around for about 7 of those, and hope to be around for many more. thanks for sticking to it.

  5. Wishing you a happy anniversary! You’ve captured perfectly why I blog as well – I often feel like I’m falling into the lots to say, no time camp, but I really treasure the posts I get around to. And I’m so happy to have “met” you and so many, many other lovely bloggers who inspire me to keep on writing, connecting, and sharing.
    Cheers Lynn!

  6. Happy Blogaversary Lynn!!! I was just kicking myself for taking so long to come back and comment (I first read this on my phone), but look! I’ve actually hit the day! Yay! Procrastination pays! Well, except for the fact that I’m pretty sure I had more to say on the first reading (you know how it goes: so many words, so little time), and this time, well, I guess I’m just pounding out words without saying anything. Either way: congratulations :)

  7. If I hadn’t found this blog, I never would have gone to World Trivia Night (five times now) or Blogging out Loud Ottawa (twice!). So happy I found it, and you. I love the fractured messy magic that is personal blogging.

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