1,282 entries later, I've accomplished what I set out to do:
- Document my life.
- Get in the practice of writing for a public audience almost every day.
- Use blogging as a way to think about, process, and externalize issues that I would've internalized in the past.
- Keep in touch with loved ones near and far, without spamming them.
- Stay current in my occupation (online communications).
The best example is when I decided to try online dating. Anyone who reads my blog pretty much holds the keys to my psyche, and if a potential date had stumbled on it, he would have had the upper hand information-wise: my achievements, disappointments, goals, likes, dislikes, vices, virtues ... all are documented and hashed out online. Some of my dates might also have taken exception to how I characterized the online dating experience.
Having to answer Leo's questions about why I blog also made me glad that I edit many aspects of my life and choose not to write about them here. The flip side: it made it easy for him to answer the "so what's she like?" question for at least a few of his friends.
Finally, I've had some interesting "it's a small effing world" moments because of my blog.
- Exhibit A: Having my sixth grade classmate Danny Padilla find me because of something I'd said online.
- Exhibit B: Posting a photograph online and connecting with a complete stranger whose life has some very eerie parallels to my own.