day 287: 3 lessons at post 500

Monday I put up my 500th post, but wasn't quite sure how to treat it.  See, I have personal feelings about this little place and want to honor some of the experiences I have had here.

I started this blog in the Winter of 2008, but seriously spent a good year trying to find out what I was supposed to be doing here.  Once I got a hold of a few readers, and discovered some other blogs that I enjoyed, I was slightly hooked.  A year ago I started meeting the people that were inspiring me, and then, fuhgedaboudit.

Here are a few things I have learned in the last 2.5 years:

One:  I enjoy writing.  I am a total late bloomer, but I like it.  I have found a part of myself that I didn't know was in there.  Writing has helped me to pay more attention to my life, especially during these past ten months as I have blogged everyday.

Two:  Women make incredibly strong connections.  It's not like I didn't already know this, but in blogging I have had it confirmed over and over again.  I have found places where my faith has been strengthened.  I have found places where my worries have been validated.  And I have found a spot to think out loud through all of it.

Third:  I have cried so hard I couldn't see the monitor (think NieNie's initial post-accident face shot).  I have laughed so hard that I couldn't breathe.  I am not kidding.  It has all happened right here where I ponder.  It still amazes me that although I have always been a person who enjoys people, that I have found a new way to connect here.  Did I mention that sometimes I laugh so hard that everyone in my family starts laughing (think DeNae)?  It happened just last night.  :)

When August 19 hits I will reevaluate if I will keep going daily or not.  It has been tough some days, but to me the challenge and the deadlines have been good.  I work well under those kids of conditions.  A big thank you to people who take the time to stop by and read.  It is nice to know what I write will be read by people.  And an even bigger thank you to those that have inspired me.  I think I am a better person for having known you, and for having written about it.


gigi | June 3, 2010 at 6:00 AM

I enjoy.
Please continue.
I know posting every day is hard because that is something what I try and do also, but somedays I have nothing to say either. I think that is why I use my pictures. I'm beginging to think people are just sick of me and maybe it's time to quit blogging but I'm still doing it for my mama and daddy too, so I keep going.
Thank you for coming and commenting on my blog, I appreciate your comments and you.

gigi | June 3, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Oh, and concratulations of the big 500 posts!!!

Jenny P. | June 3, 2010 at 6:45 AM

I'm amazed that you manage to have something to day everyday! I would have a lot of posts that said nothing but duh.... duh... duh...

Yay for 500 posts! And ditto to all that you have learned. It's been wonderfully enriching as I've learned all the same things through my own experience.

Momza | June 3, 2010 at 7:27 AM

I'm right there with you, Kazzy! I love this online journaling. It helps me live in the moment, reflect on the past and contemplate the future.
The company we keep is extraordinary--I've already laughed out loud this morning, and even shed a fear tears.
This is good stuff!
I write for me. My memory is fading fast, and I want all these days on paper. The good days, the ordinary ones, and really hard days too...all of it for me to be able to look at and say, "That's my life right there and it's really good."
keep plunking that keyboard!

Welcome to the Garden of Egan | June 3, 2010 at 7:50 AM

Kazzy!!!! You described what this blogging thing perfectly!!!! I am linking you today cuz you have hit the nail on the head.
Thanks for that.

It was fun to meet you on Saturday but wasn't it you that ate the ostrich or wild boar?????

Barbaloot | June 3, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Totally agree on the connections women make. It's incredible the friends I've made through blogging---even the ones I haven't met!

I'm amazed you continue to write every day!

Jenny | June 3, 2010 at 9:49 AM

I love your thoughts, although I don't make it by everyday to read. I love catching up with you every few days. I Think it is amazing that your at 500, makes me want to see where I am at.

Your amazing to have posted everyday.

Valerie | June 3, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Wow! 500 posts, that's an amazing milestone! And a great post to boot!
I love reading your blog posts! You always give me something to ponder.

Bossy Betty | June 3, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Congratulations on 500! Your reflections here speak so eloquently on the beauty of blogging.

I used to post every day, but now I take some days off and I am glad I gave myself that. I think it's all about what makes you happy.

Oh, and just as I suspected, your post has class--not a drunken great-aunt nor dead rabbit in sight!

Serene is my name, not my life! | June 3, 2010 at 1:56 PM

So, I've seen you commenting everywhere and even saw you at the CBC. But Tauna told me I HAD to come by and read you. And so here I am! And I'm so glad I did!

I always talked about how much I hated writing growing up. But I have really come to love it! Especially through blogging. And I have created some great friendships because of it.
You wrote this whole post so well.
Congrats on your 500!

wendy | June 3, 2010 at 5:44 PM

500 posts ---WOW
I too love the "women connection" I find through blogs.
it is an interesting unity

CiCi | June 3, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Congratulations of the five hundred posts. That in itself is worth a gold star. You always have something interesting to write and your posts are a great read.

amber_mtmc | June 3, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Wow. Congratulations!! I agree with you--the connections we ladies (and men) make is very wonderful. I feel honored to have met you and so many other ladies in this crazy blog world.

Wendy | June 3, 2010 at 10:49 PM

500 posts is amazing.

It was great to meet you at the CBC. I should have had you dish more on MJK and how he was when he was in college!

Is Aug 19th the anniversary of your blogging?

Charlotte | June 4, 2010 at 5:36 AM

Congrats on 500. I am surprised at where blogging has taken me and what I have taken from it.

Melanie Jacobson | June 4, 2010 at 2:18 PM

I hope you keep it up, but only if you enjoy and it enriches you. I'm being selfish because coming here enriches me every day.

Erin | June 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM

What a nice reflection on your feelings about blogging. 500 posts is a big deal. I sure enjoy reading them!

Unknown | June 5, 2010 at 8:33 PM

I missed this post, and here you were saying nice things about me. You know how I feel about you, Kaz, and we owe this wonderful friendship to blogging!

And I may make you laugh in blogland, but every time I think about you and that crazy iPhone app that allowed you to shoot yourself in the head at CBC I laugh out loud. This includes random giggling in the grocery store, or alone while driving, or lying in bed after all the lights have gone out, and my husband asks if I'm crying because the bed is shaking.

500 posts is amazing! Please keep pondering. Like Melanie, I come here to bask in your brilliance.

Luann | June 6, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Happy 500 Day! I wish I was half the writer you are. Really.

Kazzy | June 7, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Awwww. I love you guys.

Heidi | June 9, 2010 at 3:07 PM

I was really glad when you started blogging every day--your posts are short and sweet and always contain something worth savoring.

Dedee | June 12, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Please don't run away!