So I’ve been trying to think about something to write about all weekend. I kind of had an idea earlier today. But then I remembered that this week marks five years since I started this blog.
Well, not exactly. Last week was the actual anniversary, but I had something more important I chose to write about last week. Still, five years.
Looking back, I had one post before I started my actual posts. When I started numbering the posts, I didn’t include that first one, because it didn’t really say anything. I was just kind of writing out my thoughts about starting a blog. And one thing stands out, now that I look back on that post from five years ago: “I don’t know if anyone other than my friends will ever find this page, but who knows?”
I have to admit, when I wrote that, I had fleeting thoughts of Highway Pi getting this huge viral following, getting me millions of followers and so many clicks that I could quit my day job. Yeah… didn’t happen. And I’m not surprised.
But what does stand out is that while I haven’t gotten millions of followers, some people other than my friends have in fact found this page. I’ve made friends just through here (although I haven’t met any of them in person), from looking at people who comment on my posts and then reading their blogs. I have read about organizing your life; people’s experiences with introversion, autism, eating disorders, anxiety, and various medical conditions; some interesting posts about Christianity; poetry and short stories; just life in general; and many other subjects and cultures from around the world that I wouldn’t know as much about otherwise. And I have also started a second blog, episodic fiction which has led to a great deal of introspection about a significant time in my life. And most importantly, I’m not stressing as much over either blog about having to write something every week.
Thank you all for a very memorable five years. It’s been nice meeting and getting to know all of you… and to those of you whom I already knew, thank you for your comments and helpful words. I plan on keeping this going as long as I can.