WordPress just told me that it’s the 12th anniversary of this blog. Wow, 12 years. I don’t know if there’s anything that I’ve hung on to for 12 years. I suppose you could say my Twitter account since I started that in 2009. But, I did take a very long hiatus from that.

Again… wow, 12 years.

I haven’t always had the time to write for this blog. I think that’s probably a lie of sorts. You can always make time for something if you really want to. I think the better comment would be that I haven’t always had the motivation to write.

It’s not that I don’t like writing but, at some point you start to feel a certain obligation.

When I started this blog, I was in a bad place in my life. I was a divorced mother of a 2-year old. In fact, I was divorced 3 months after my child was born. And I struggled, even though I didn’t want to admit that I struggled. I don’t regret the decision for even a second but, life was not all butterflies and roses.

So I started the blog with the idea of writing about my feelings, the challenges I faced and whatever else came to mind. I know people say a blog shouldn’t be your personal diary but, I didn’t care much for that advice. I wanted to write and in order to write more freely, I decided to go at anonymously.

Over the course of 12 years, the blog has seen a variety of different posts. Some about my feelings, some about my interests and many, just about nothing.

My life has also evolved immensely in 12 years. My daughter has grown up to be a wonderful human being and it feels like I blinked and she’s a young lady now. Just like my blog, I haven’t spent nearly enough time with her like I would’ve like to. But, all things considered, we’ve had a good life.

The challenges have been many and there’s always been a lot to say. But, there hasn’t always been the motivation to write because I felt I might be judged. How do you judge an anonymous account? I don’t know. But, the moment you start realizing that no one on the Internet really thinks about you once the finish reading your post, you realize that writing gets a lot easier.

One thing I love though, is that I’ve still remained anonymous and save for my daughter, no one in my real life knows I write this blog. Although, I’m sure I can be hacked in seconds if anyone really wanted to find out.

Over the years, I’ve come back to this blog many time and started writing with a lot of enthusiasm, only to see that drive wane after a few weeks. But, guess what? I’ve always come back.

I love having a little place on the World Wide Web to call my own and if I can help it, I would hope that I still come back to it 12 years later.

Wishing you all a lovely Friday and a happy weekend ahead!