Two little gifts arrived from the Cosmos today. Twice.
I am blessed.
I began thinking about BlogHer’s 10th Anniversary while waiting for my twin grand babies who are now very grownup three year old girls. From this juxtaposition I made wonderful discoveries.
One of the wonderful things about being a prolific blogger who has started dozens of blogs and scores of forgotten accounts is that I can rediscover myself through found writings from forgotten moments. This is what happened when I was reading about 10 x 10 and this coming year’s BlogHer Conference. I haven’t gotten that figured out as yet, but I started thinking about BlogHer’s influence on my life and writing this past decade and I started to wonder when it was exactly that I connected with BlogHer.
Way back then I was using pseudonyms and not caring particularly much about what the long-term implications of having multiple “identities” would mean over time. I had been The Word Wench on Brazen Hussies, Cuppakona on Yahoo, and Artemesia Pax aka ArtPax on a variety of peace and justice sites. Thinking back, I remembered that I first had joined BlogHer as ArtPax. So I searched BlogHer.com for posts under this name. I found them. Boy, I was stupid back then. I missed out on connecting with some wonderful bloggers early on.
I am soon (soon is a relative word) going to do some serious reminiscence about my last 10 years of blogging through the parallel history of my interaction with BlogHer. When I do I will post a link here.
I was a peace and justice blogger, a CODEPINK blogger, back then. Comments were mainly from trolls. I was not trying to build community, I was just trying to provide information and chronicle attempts to push societal consciousness back toward rational thought during the dark years of of Bush/Cheney. I did not follow the mommy blogging formula nor the blog-for-success formula that was developing way back then. I followed my own beliefs about what online writing should be back then. To find out more you will just have to follow along over the next month or so as writing a retrospective post that covers decade-plus-long blog development will take a bit of data gathering.