Monday, March 08, 2010

Birthday

Replikate turned four on Saturday.

I have posted 832 times here. I'm not sure I've been this consistent at anything in my life. Being bossy maybe?

I was actually a really good journal writer prior to writing the blog. I have journals that stretch back to the very first one I got for my eighth birthday. For the most part they are a record of every boy who didn't like me back but there are some flashes of good in them. I feel lucky to have written that much of life down, even if it's often too focused on that one area. I have journals from my mission and journals I wrote while my parents were getting divorced. Journals that run from hating college to really loving it and journals about all my treks across the country.

I stopped writing when I realized that the blog was probably a more real version of me. Isn't that funny? I opened it up to the public and I think I'm more honest here then I was when it was for my eyes only. I don't write about specific boy situations here but looking back, I know who the subtle reference I do make belong to and it helps me remember mistakes I don't need to make again. i know I enjoy the process of writing a post more then I enjoyed just free writing in my journal. I think a lot more about what I want to write here and I feel a certain amount of pressure for it to be reasonably entertaining.

I wasn't sure what I wanted this to be when I started. My friends Betsy and Rebecca had just started a now defunct blog called The New Awesome that detailed their terribly chic lives in San Francisco. At first I hoped Replikate would be as spicy but as I progressed I realized what I wanted to do was just write. I.love.to.write. It's one thing in my life that I never doubt. I know I'm pretty darn good at it, and even if I'm not, enough people humor me that I'm going to keep doing it.

So thanks Replikate readers, I would write this thing if no one ever looked at it and I think it would still be valuable, but over the years that are lots of you I've come to know a little bit and whose opinions I love to hear. I appreciate that you spend a few minutes with me here-our lives are all so busy and it means a lot that anyone bothers to stop by at all. Replikate has been one delightfully consistent thing where I know Mike from Texas is still reading whether I'm in Boston or HB or COS.

Life is returning to some kind of normal here now that the Paralympic Processing is over. I spent a lovely night last night organizing my closet and moving my Oly wardrobe to the back. It's been an exciting few months but I'm ready to get back to a regular workout schedule and try to make a life in this new little city I live in. And subjecting you all to it too ; )

12 comments:

SeƱora H-B said...

Happy Birthday! Thanks for keeping me entertained continuously for four years.

Whits said...

Crazy how I was in my first year of law school when you started. I remember reading your blog while I was in the dark nasty corner of the BU law library.

Thanks for the distraction from the law.

cay said...

Happy day! Thanks for the heartfelt posts. Your honesty is part of what makes Replikate a must-read for me.

cropstar said...

Happy Birthday, Replikate! I'm so glad we're blog friends!

Jamie said...

Happy Blogiversary! I love reading your posts, it makes me feel connected to your life even if its been years since we've been in the same room.

lilcis said...

Happy Blogday!I am so impressed by how you've managed your career over the years, you're definitely my idol!

Campbell said...

Love your writing, please don't stop!

chloe said...

Um...thank you so much for the compliments on my new hair!!!

In other news, let's say that I decide to drive my stuff out to New York. Any chance I could make a pit-stop at your new digs for a night? It will be end of June/beginning of July sometime.

And finally, since I could have emailed you that question, I'm so glad you blog and love reading it!!!

Mike said...

...heck, I can't put this thing down now !.....peace

CoCo said...

don't get too settled back into a "routine" ... T-10 days 'til grown up spring break!

Katie said...

I love that you write this blog. Love it.

Happy b-day!

me :) said...

did you watch House this week? Cuz it's about blogging. As in blogging everything.