Four Years and Rambling On

by Ginger on August 21, 2012

in Blogging & Social Media, Celebrations

Today is the fourth anniversary of RambleRamble.

That’s a LOT of rambling, I know!

Allow me to get sappy for a moment:

I’ve come to rely on having this little space to write about the things that are troubling me, or the things I find amusing, or the things I wonder about. To get things out of my head and onto the screen. To ramble on about whatever it is that occurs to me on a given day. It is a place I have given myself permission and instructions to be creative, and open, and less afraid. It is a blessing, and I can say honestly that starting this blog was one of the best gifts I’ve ever given myself.

Second only to having this space that is wholly for me to own and create is the fact that this place has brought me all of you. I am in awe some days that anyone takes the time to read my musings, much less comment on them, much less engage in an actual dialog about them when warranted. This little spot has brought so many wonderful, amazing people into my life, and I will never not think that’s awesome. As cheesy as it sounds, you all have given me advice, support, compassion, laughter, tears and I’m so grateful to have been given those gifts. I DO feel a sense of community here, and that? That is entirely thanks to you guys.

So thank you. Thank you for giving me a little bit of your time, for reading my rambling, and for sharing yourselves with me if and when the mood strikes you. Thank you for becoming part of my life and letting me become, in whatever small way, part of yours.

And now, because I can, and because I want to stop being sooooo sappy, and because I loved it so much LAST year, I’m going to repeat my request from my 3rd blogging birthday”

In honor of my absolute favorite part of blogging, I’d love if you left me a comment with 1) your favorite thing about blogging/reading blogs  2)your blog link and/or 3)the link to a blog you love. Especially if you usually lurk, I’d love to see you come out of the woodwork today and share a little bit with me.

Here’s to another year of random thoughts, mental and emotional outbursts, and of course, lots of rambling. I hope you guys stick around for the fun!

Andi August 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

Happy blogiversary, our blog birthdays are real close to each other. I too am so grateful the community that makes up the blogosphere! I started reading you just before BlogHer last year and if I think back to what draw me to you I’d have to say it was the post on “10 Reasons Meeting Up With Bloggers In Person Is Awesome” and I have just kept reading ever since!

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I love that post! (And as I’ve met more bloggers, it’s only more true!). Thank you so much for reading, I’m so glad you found me!

Marlena August 21, 2012 at 8:28 am

Happy Bloggiversary! Thanks for tackling issues both big, small and everything in between!

Jennie August 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

Happy blogiversary!

The people I’ve met are easily my favorite part of this whole blogging thing but also the record I’ve created of Kyle’s life.

I really love Holly’s blog (www.nothingbutbonfires.com), which I think everyone loves but she’s the perfect mix of incredible, deep writing and fun peeks at her life.

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm

The record of J’s life is definitely a highlight (as is, honestly, the record of MY life. Especially given how swiss cheese like my brain is these days!)

nonsequiturchica August 21, 2012 at 9:36 am

1. Learning new things- whether it is a new workout DVD, a new book, or a new perspective on a subject.
2. http://www.nonsequiturchica.blogspot.com
3. http://www.terra-bear.com/

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Oooh, I love that blog you linked. She has some AWESOME post titles!

And I’m glad to see all your posts about your move/new place. I haven’t been commenting much, but I’m still reading everything you post (and holy moly, you weren’t kidding about that place needing some work! Great bones, but, uh…questionable decor from the previous owners!).

angela August 21, 2012 at 10:48 am

1. I like meeting people and seeing where my writing leads each day. It’s a way for me to make sense of my world.

2. http://angelaamman.com

3. http://inthesesmallmoments.com (Always makes me smile.)

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I totally agree about having writing help make sense of my world–it’s one of my favorite things about writing (and about reading other bloggers who do the same thing!)

Jett August 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Congramalamadingdong!

I like that I don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on therapy and can, instead, spend a few dollars a year on a domain and internet service. I like that there are no deadlines; conversely, I like the immediacy of publishing.

I’ve been loving http://thegoodwordofsprout.blogspot.com because its author is terrible and smart and profane and hilarious. Honestly, more blogs should be like his, creative and nimble and sledgehammery.

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Oh, blogging as therapy–even with me GOING to therapy, I use my blog as therapy. I love it so much for that reason.

And WOW, that blog you linked is…wow. Just…wow.

Maribel Reyes August 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Congratulations! I’m glad you decided to blog 4 years ago… and glad I found your blog a year ago! 😀

What I like most about reading/writing a blog is that each blog is a story, a very real story and I get to read that story and sometimes those stories apply to my daily life. Blogs always teach me something and I read quite a few a day.

My blog Stroller Adventures http://www.strolleradventures.net

One of my favorite blogs besides yours {you already know how much I love yours! because you are on my side bar!} I also like http://www.somedayilllearn.com and http://fancylittlethings.com

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 10:05 pm

How cool is it that this “little” internet thing can bring so many wonderful stories, and so many wonderful people, into our lives. So, so, so cool!

Jess August 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I’m delurking, I think. I mean, I may have left a comment before, but not often. SO I guess I’m not TECHNICALLY delurking.

Anyway. Fave thing about blogging is the bloggers themselves. Meeting people, making friends. Other people who get the same things I’m into. I don’t have a favorite blog. Some of my favorites have gotten awful, and others that I wasn’t a fan of have turned out pretty awesome.

So. Hi. 🙂

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Yay for delurking! Or at least, delurking again 😉

Hi!

Charleen August 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Favorite thing about blogging: just letting it all out!

Favorite thing about reading blogs: finding all those quirky little things that others say and think and do, and thinking, “It’s not just me!”

My blog: playing-by-ear.blogspot.com

A blog I love: lucysfootball.com

Happy 4th bloggiversary!

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm

The “it’s not just me!” factor IS HUGE in why I love blogging. HUGE.

Melanie August 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm

1) I love blogging because I get to share my great discoveries with others. I love reading blogs to learn about different places and things and to connect with like minded people.

2) I blog at http://www.metropolitanmoneypit.com

3) This blog has the most amazing recipes – http://www.crazyforcrust.com/
and these two ladies always make me laugh http://www.everydaytrish.com/ and http://uglyhomemaker.blogspot.com/

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Those are such great reasons to blog–and you clearly do it well! See, this is why I love blogging, because there are so many great reasons to do it, and that creates so many awesome blogs!

Sarah C. August 21, 2012 at 6:37 pm

My favorite thing about reading blogs is the validation that there are actual, normal people out there who share many of my thoughts/challenges and to hear a fresh take on things from someone else’s point of view. It’s also comforting to hear stories of other moms, to know that many of us face the same craziness on a typical day (wait, does that exist?). My favorite bloggers are unabashedly honest, kind-hearted, real people with a healthy sense of humor.

Some of my favorites/most often read are:
http://www.mightymaggie.com/
http://www.shelikespurple.com/
http://iasoupmama.com/

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm

The “me too!” aspect of blogging, along with the “hmm, I hadn’t thought of it that way” stuff is so huge. Particularly with the parenting stuff. I swear, blogging got me (and a bunch of people I know!) through the first year in particular, but I rely on other bloggers on what feels like a daily basis to help me feel like I’m not screwing this parenting thing up.

Melissa (Miz Meliz) Reyes August 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I am inspired! I have been doing this with serious intent for almost a year. I love how you describe blogging as a gift you have given yourself! I feel the same way.

My favorite thing about blogging is the ease in which relationships and friendships are made with other bloggers and readers.

Please visit my blog and my website and let me know what you think. Thank you for the “party gift” of allowing me this opportunity!

http://mizmeliz.com
http://mizbizevents.wordpress.com/ (first time posting this link publicly! A “baby” is born!)

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Oh my gosh, I’m so honored you’re posting about your biz publicly here for the first time! That’s such a huge thing, and I’m so excited for you!!!

Classic NYer August 22, 2012 at 5:38 am

1. If I didn’t blog, I wouldn’t have any girlfriends. No, seriously. I guess I’m not very likeable in real life or something.
2. http://www.classicnycstory.com
3. BestOfFates.com

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Yeah, uh ditto that first one. Pretty much all of the socializing I do now comes via blog relationships, in some way shape or form. THANK GOODNESS for blog friends!

Mary August 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Congrats Ginger!!!! Great post. I love blogging & reading others as it reminds me we’re not alone with our thoughts, dreams, hopes:)
Heres my page, please let me know what you think!
http://alongcomesmary.wordpress.com/

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Thank you! I clearly love blogging, and am always glad to take the opportunity to talk about why (clearly :-P).

I loved your post on Tori Amos btw. She is an amazing artist (though I would definitely not put myself in the same level of fandom as you!!), and your passion for her music and spirit shines through in that post!

Keely August 23, 2012 at 7:13 am

Happy Bloggybirthday! It’s funny, so many blogs I follow (and mine as well) are celebrating their 4th birthday this year. So, uh, what was happening 4 years ago this summer? A massive creative explosion? Cheaper domain names? Either way, I’m stoked to have found such a great outlet for writing, some superstellar pals, and exceptional reading along the way.

I’m at Lollygag Blog (and a forum moderator at SITS!), but a blog I love is Wishing, Writing (www.wishingwriting.com).

So glad I found you via a fabulous SITS discussion!

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 11:09 pm

There must have been something in the water 4 years ago 😉 But I’m so glad it did, because I love it!

(I so need to find more time. I miss spending time in the SITS forums!!)

Hope August 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Happy anniversary!

Your post inspired me to check and see when I started my own blog. Apparently is was January of 2006. I had no idea that I’d been blogging for this long!

I love blogging for the sense of community, and because it forces me to write something and attempt to be at least a little bit creative about it. I also love being able to go back and re-read things that I’d written and then forgot about. I wrote a few epically long posts about our wedding, which means that I’ll always have a record of that weekend. I’m sure that there are so many things that I would have forgotten if I hadn’t written about them.

Now that our daughter is here, I’m hoping that I can use my blog to capture a few of the precious moments that I’m sure that I’ll forget in my sleep-deprived haze.

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I’m a baby blogger compared to you!!

I’ll tell you this: I loved blogging before I had Jackson, but AFTER? It became a need, not just a want. The ability to connect with other parents, to find out I wasn’t alone in certain struggles or fears or whatever? HUGE. HUGE. (And since I’m horrible about the baby book, it’s also a great replacement for that!)

Perpetual Breadcrumbs August 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Happy anniversary, lady! Now excuse while I do a spittake, because, FOUR YEARS? Yeesh, I was blogging for part of that, too. 🙂 Congrats for keeping your space interesting and vibrant and full of readers for all this time!

Ooh, the request part: I guess my favorite part about reading blogs is that it makes me feel like I’ve got this huge group of people with kids about my kid’s age who…get it, you know? Different states, different stages in life, but we’re all trying to raise decent humans.

Blog I like: okay, this one tends toward the NSFW side of things, but it’s something I’ve found outside of the parenting realm that is effing hilarious: http://bitchesgottaeat.blogspot.com/

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I know, four years right? I’m amazed that I’ve kept it up that long (though I credit all the fantastic people I’ve met with keeping me going a lot of the time!). And thanks for the compliments–I feel like I’m just flying by the seat of my pants most of the time (with the plateau of readers to back me up), but I do love it so so much, I’m willing to always keep going. (When are YOU coming back missy? Come BACKKKKKKK!)

Also? OMG that site you linked to? I’ve been CRYING it’s so damn funny. SO damn funny!

Sheila August 24, 2012 at 6:16 am

Happy blogaversary!

1. Blogging sure does give quiet people who stutter like me a much better shot at this whole social life thing.
2. My blog is http://agiftuniverse.blogspot.com.
3. Do you read Mommy Boots? (http://mommyboots.com/) If you don’t you should.

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I swear, blogging is the perfect thing for those of us who struggle with the social life stuff (Hi, I’m Ginger & I’m a lifelong introvert!).

Oooh, I don’t read Mommy Boots, but I’m already hooked. Thanks!

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