Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Seven Years of Blogging: Part One

Life in Progress began as what I hoped would be a daily diary on January14, 2009. My friend Steve, a former journalist and editor and a blogger friend Barbara were instrumental  in persuading me to give blogging a try. As a former freelance writer and editor myself, I knew that writing for me was almost akin to breathing. No matter that I had become a librarian, had my eye firmly set on a future PhD and life as an academic, the writing bug would rear its head and I would have no choice but to follow in its wake.

Years of producing client-centered materials had left me a bit weary. The recession that began in 2008 and whose effects are still felt in some quarters today, marked the end of an almost twenty-year freelance career, a circuitous path dotted with other jobs at various intervals. Coinciding with the receipt of a second Masters and my hopes for a new life, however, were unexpected and increasing problems with mobility.

Diagnosed with what had always been a rather mild case of cerebral palsy in infancy, I had nonetheless grown up as an active individual and despite wear and tear to my ankles and feet, and occasional problems with my low back, expected to remain so. Frequent falls and a leg that would suddenly give way without warning changed the trajectory of my plans and it was at this point that I began life as a blogger.

Always private person, I kept paper journals, a habit developed in late childhood that stuck with me well into middle age. Although I was aware of blogs and no stranger to emerging technologies thanks to my library experience, I had no real idea about what to do or expect from a blog of my own and no real interest in Facebook.

My first postings were vague and consisted of photographs I had recently taken with a friend from grad school. Having always written for clients, I was wholly unaccustomed to writing about myself for public viewing and found it awkward going. While I still shy away from revelations of an extremely personal nature, my wariness has lessened and over time, I've made the acquaintance of some very nice individuals, several of whom stand out.

While I've fallen away from a daily schedule of writing, I do post regularly and make it a point to be truthful, polite and to the point. I also sometimes share pieces of creative writing, stories from my younger years and snippets of things that I'm working on. My goal in writing this retrospective piece is to include some of these things here over the next few days since my readership is now vastly different from what it was when I started. To those of you who have stood the test of time, and others who have only recently come to read here, my thanks. I wish you all health and happiness and continued blogging.

I'll begin with a synopsis of my second post on 15 January 2009: Grateful for Small Things: It concerned the emergency landing of a commercial airliner in New York's Hudson River.

one hundred and fifty people and their flight crew, bound for Charlotte, North Carolina, collided with a flock of geese, which caused dual engine failure. The pilots and crew executed a water landing after only three minutes in the air, and all aboard were able to get out alive, averting possible tragedy.

Events such as this make me realize how much there is to lose when a life is at stake and how often I, like most people, assume that tomorrow is guaranteed when, in fact, the opposite is true. Life can and does change on a dime. In this case, with the meeting of geese and plane, two disparate things intersecting in the sky...

Do you remember where you were that day?

Until Next Time...



10 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

I do remember that day. I was awed at the skill of the pilot and the crew. A tragedy averted. Which, in these days of almost ceaseless horrors, is something to hug to ourselves and applaud.
I am really looking forward to reading and learning more, both about you and from you.

Steve Reed said...

I think the trajectory of your experience as a blogger is similar to what many of us experience. My blog was much more vague and less personal in the beginning, too. It's scary to put things out on the Internet, until you realize that only a few people are reading it. :)

Congrats on your blogaversary! I can't believe it's been seven years already. If your blog were a child it would be in second grade!

37paddington said...

I loved reading this and learning a bit more about your life and dreams.

Birdie said...

My first post was February 6, 2004. It is a crazy thing, this blogging. It is like reading a diary. My favourite blogs are the ones that are personal and that let me know about other people and their lives. Happy blogging anniversary to you. Looking forward to getting to know you better. xo

HBF said...

Happy Blogoversary! I wish you health, happiness, and continued blogging as well :)

Mwa said...

I liked this as well - to know more about the person who writes this blog.

A Cuban In London said...

I read about it in the paper. I remember thinking a lot about the passengers and for some reason after a while Billy Joel's New York State of Mind popped into my head. :-)

Happy blog anniversary! :-)

Greetings from London.

Wisewebwoman said...

Congratulations on the magical 7 years. I got more personal on mine as years went by, I was heavily political at the beginning. Blogs evolve and grow. I like getting to know you better.

Blog on my dear friend!

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the fly in the web said...

I remember thinking just how cool and competent the pilot was...
Blogs evolve...mine is a bit sparse at the moment as my husband is facing a new bout of chemotherapy.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I vaguely remember that story but have no idea where I was on that day. That was immediately after I returned from running away to Puerto Rico with a stranger to heal a broken heart. So I may have been a little crazy then.

My blogging has evolved and definitely become less frequent. But I'm with you on the truth aspect of it all.