Once upon a time, there was a girl with a blog. She loved her blog. She posted on her blog, a lot. She loved to share photos of her children growing up, so that far-away grampys and other friends and family could check in and see her little darlings (because who wouldn’t want to see them??). She also loved to tell stories on her blog, mostly about said little darlings. Some days, writing blog posts was this girl’s form of therapy. Sometimes you just have to put something in writing, get it out there… she did that a lot on her blog.
Then, Facebook happened. The girl’s father noticed soon after the girl discovered Facebook that she wasn’t posting as many blog posts. In all his wisdom, the girl’s father told her one day, “You know, Facebook is not a replacement for your blog.” The girl yeah, yeah, yeahed her wise father (like girls tend to do)… and, sure enough, Facebook replaced her blog.
Today, the girl is pretty much a Facebook junkie. She’s one of “those” people who posts way too much, and too often, on Facebook. Facebook is her blog X1,000. More pictures, more peeks into her mundane life, more random thoughts that enter her head and make their way WAY too easily to the rest of the world, in just a few clicks. Through Facebook, the world knows what the girl eats, what she wears, how she’s feeling at any given moment, and how many days ’til the next thing she’s looking forward to. The girl figures, with all of THAT information about her and her little darlings available instantly on Facebook, what’s the point of writing blog posts anymore??
So years pass… the blog is neglected and Facebook replaces it. And a lot changes in the girl’s life (of course, it’s all posted on Facebook). But one day, the girl realizes how much she misses posting on her blog. How sometimes there are things she wants to say, and she wonders, “is this appropriate to post on Facebook? What will people think about me if I post this? Who will unfriend me if I say that?” Truth be told, being a Facebook user is stressful. And the girl misses the forum of her blog, where she feels more freedom to say whatever she wants to say, however she wants to say it (after all, only approx. 3 people ever read her blog posts anyway).
So, the girl decides to try her hand at blogging again. Then she wonders if she should start a whole new blog, because so much has changed in her life since she last posted. But the girl is uncomfortable with the idea of a clean slate. In the years that her blog was so neglected, she still visited it often, looking up memories of her life, her kids’ lives, etc. She loves that all of that is available on her blog; she doesn’t want to just “get rid” of any of that. It’s been part of her journey, after all.
The girl decides to keep the old blog, to just revise it slightly. She adds a word to the title, makes a new header photo, edits her “About Me” (for the billionth time in her blogging history), and writes a silly little story in third person to kick off her new season of blogging. Oh, and of course she posts about it on Facebook…