Five years

Five years ago today, I started this blog.

You'll note the URL is JoannaL.blogspot.com... at the time, I only had been dating my now-husband for a few months, and I guess the URL choice wasn't very forward-thinking. My last name no longer starts with L. I've left the web address mostly to not break links here, and because I think joannal kind of looks like journal, which is what this is... so it has stayed.

Besides my name, what else has changed in five years? Well, five years ago, I was a sophomore in college, living in a dorm, and spending most of my time in computer classes or programming for a project. I couldn't cook, I had only been doing my own laundry for a year and a half, hadn't even dreamed of knitting. I worked hard to be proved competent among the guys in the computer science department, and most interests much outside of "computers" made me lose credibility. I was coming off probably the biggest spiritual struggle I've had to date. Most my posts are about computers, faith, or just what-I'm-doing.

Now, my five-years-older self spends her free time cooking and gardening and taking care of her house, trying to prove myself as a competent homemaker who works. If there's free time beyond that, I'll read or knit or play board games. My posts reflect my interests- I work on computers for my day job but have a policy of not talking about work here, so technology isn't mentioned as much. Faith, current events, and my day-to-day all still matter to me.

But who woulda thought? That I'd keep writing? Heck, engineers aren't supposed to be able to put coherent sentences together, nevertheless enjoy it! But I do. I love writing. These last five years on the blog have allowed me a somewhat-creative outlet to get my ponderings out of my head. Where you have interacted with those thoughts, I really appreciate it. As I said in my very first post, five years ago today:
I imagine, if I keep posting, it will be my musings about life, the universe and everything. I like musing. I also like feedback. I may be way off in left field with my ideas. Let me know. Play devil's advocate with me. I love lively discussions. I dare you.
(* I'm obviously not Kevin. Kevin's my 6 year old nephew- this is his birthday cake from a year & a half ago.)


affectioknit said...

Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for blogging!

Kathie said...

Happy Blogiversary! So glad to have your thoughts and wisdom to read!

David Swindle said...

This is just great Joanna!


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