Eleven years ago I launched a blog at misszoot.com. ACTUALLY – now that I think about it – the first domain was different. (I’m not going to tell you what because, if I remember correctly, when I ditched it…it became an adult site.) And ACTUALLY…I blogged a few months at a Typepad address before setting up my own doman. BUT! For all practical purposes…I’ve been blogging for eleven years. My blog is now starting puberty. She started shaving her legs and wearing deoderant, and now she wants to get her first bra even though she’s no where close to needing one.
It’s funny how much this place has changed in eleven years. I used to care a lot more about how many comments I got, but that was back when people actually commented on blogs. I can do a blog post now that gets read 1000 times and still has no comments. I used to post a lot more junk content…funny pictures from the internet and such. I guess that was before everyone did that on their Tumblr? I used to talk a lot about my reproductive system. A LOT. If you were around during the TTC (trying to conceive) and Habitual Aborter (that was the medical term they gave me that I loved so much because it made me sound like I was addicted to miscarriages) stages of my life, then you probably know more about my uterus than my OB/GYN.
I used to talk a lot about boob sweat because I had a 40-minute commute during the summer when I was pregnant and had no a/c in my car. Now I have no commute and the a/c won’t turn off in the front of the van. I find this “circle of life” incredibly entertaining.
I also used to talk a lot more about entertainment…television and whatnot. It’s not that I stopped watching TV, I still watch a lot of it, but I just don’t write about it as much. I’m not sure I enjoy TV like I used to. I still have my favorite shows that I watch as soon as I can, but I’m not following fan blogs on Tumblr or anything. (Two Tumblr references in one post…I’m totes cool.)
It’s funny…the two things I talk the most about now…Running and Bullet Journals…I wouldn’t have even understood in 2004. I wonder if Zoot of 2004 would have started running or using bullet journals if she had stumbled upon Zoot of 2015’s blog. Maybe the bullet journals, but not the running. I think I needed to get past some of my crippling social anxieties first, in order to brave joining running groups.
There are a lot of people who were blogging back in 2004 that are still blogging today, but the landscape is so very different. The demolition of Google Reader I think was what damaged the landscape the most. I still have never gotten back into using a feed reader. Honestly, I think the way I read blogs the most now is if people post links on Facebook and Twitter.
I’ve been doing a little bit of site maintenance lately. I changed the “Losing My Religion” tab on the menu as a page with a little bit more backstory. It used to just be a link to my “Agnostic Atheist in the South” category. But – if you’re new to this blog and you click that link – that would be a very weird hodgepodge of content. I also changed all of my “links” on this blog to remove the dates. This makes URLs much easier…BUT…that means a lot of my in-site links no longer work. I decided it was worth it in the long run. I’m hoping to change my 404 page to explain that so people can easily find the right link.
This is my wordpress dashboard that shows my basic stats. I HAVE WRITTEN A LOT OF WORDS OVER THE YEARS. Also – it’s weird that my “Losing My Religion” page got so much traffic. How did you all know that had even been updated? I’m so confused. I just made that page a day or two ago and it’s already been seen over 1000 times? Did it show up on my RSS feeds? Why do I still not understand how my blog works after 11 years?
SO! Is there anything you’d like to see around here? Are you a new reader, is there any information you’re missing? When you were a new reader was there something you wish had been here in terms of information on my About Me page or something? Are there specific topics you enjoy? Are there topics you wish I’d cover?
I know this is like the most boring blog post in the history of blogdome, but I have to do one of these every January to mark another year rambling about boob sweat on the internet.