August 1, 2011 in Blogs

New Beginnings

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Nine years ago I started this blog to document my personal history. The objective was to chronicle my
daily life so that years into the future I and perhaps others could look back and marvel at my growth and development. And for many years, I was quite diligent with keeping up the blog. Even after blogging became mainstream and co-workers found out about the blog after being profiled in the Chicago Tribune. Yes, that was definitely a highlight.

So what happened? Why did I lose my way? Well two main reasons. The first is that as my blog became more popular and well known amongst real world family and friends, I began to self edit. Partly because I
didn’t want to hurt any ones feelings and also because people stopped calling me. Instead they’d just read my blog to keep up with me. That was frustrating as while I was pretty out there with what I posted, I didn’t put everything on the blog.

The second reason is that in the last few years, my focus shifted. It changed when I left my very high profile and lucrative marketing job at a global firm at the height of the banking crisis and set up my own business. No question it was risky, but it came after careful planning and consideration. And as the journey has had many highs and lows, blogging about routine things just wasn’t a high priority as needed to focus on building the business.

That said, I do miss blogging. Heck, I read my archives from time to time and smile to myself as it brings back so many memories – memories I’d long forgotten but will now be with me for my lifetime because of the blog. So I want to get back on track with documenting my personal history. I was inspired when I went to family reunion in June and listed to my Great Aunt Dorothy tell these amazing stories. Her memory of life as it happened over 90 years is near perfect. Mine in all honesty isn’t so good. Sometimes, I have problems remembering what happened last month.  So that’s where thing blog comes in hand and why I need to get back on track. To help do that, I’ve gather together a few friends for a 30 day blogging challenge. It is the hope that at the end of the 30 days, I’ll feel reinvigorated and will continue for the foreseeable future.

So the journey begins again. Raw fear is what I feel!

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