I began my first blog entry on the 19th of April, 2005 with a simple "Here I Am"!
At the time, posting anything on the Internet was an unusual thrill for me. It was my first attempt at social networking online, and I would write about anything and everything. Now, though I don't post nearly as frequently, it's centered along the subject of tea and its periphery.
I was limited in some ways. My first laptop was a year away, and my home computer was ancient. Most of my writing was done on breaks at work. I didn't even know how to post pictures at first, and needed my friend Marie, who had also just started blogging, to help me put up a profile pic. Eventually I figured things out - just in time for the arrival of Zenobia. I also retroactively shared pics from my trip to London/France, which I'd embarked on right after my first post. It was my pretend version of being a travel writer, and it was enough.
Then it became a community thing. A bunch of my friends started keeping blogs, and we'd all comment on each others' posts, and I got to see people I was close to personally in a different light. Some of these people ended up leaving New York, and now it was like a newsletter from (slightly) far away. Yes, we could've just emailed each other, but this had a shinier format.
When everyone started to join Facebook in earnest, and later Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr (which is a form of blogging but feels different), Pinterest, etc. - and I joined many of these as well - things changed once again. I posted less frequently on my blog, because I had other outlets. I received fewer comments on the blogs - and now I'd extended to other blogs, in an attempt to be organized - and my friends were accessible in other ways.
So, after ten years, why do I still have this blog? Why bother?
|Some things never change|