Bloggingversary & Life Update
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As of today, I’ve been officially blogging, with a CMS, for 22 years!
I used to keep an “online diary” manually, so I would download the HTML page, edit the HTML code, and upload it back up to the web server at the time. I did this every time when I wanted to do an update. I then decided to try this incredible new CGI script called GreyMatter, and wow… I was obsessed!
My first domain was a joint site with my twin sister. I alternated between coding manually and using FrontPage. I redesigned monthly… more like weekly… ok… it was daily, let’s be real! And I always had a project going (or ten). I used to go by Sprite, Princess Sprite, and PerkySprite.
Here’s one of my spring 2001 designs. I mean… talk about skills, am I right?!
I know personal blogging has fallen off for quite some time now, but I’m still here and I truly thank the few readers I still have left, for hanging around. It means the world to me. I hope that people get back into blogging, specifically personal blogging, not to be confused with lifestyle blogging.
How many times can I use the word “blogging” in this post?
I created a new snippets section. Completely redid the resources and link pages, and the homepage. I also started over with a new newsletter, instead of the typical auto-RSS emails, I am going to do it manually, sure I’ll add current posts and snippets, but I am also including cool links I’ve come across and my favorite jam (song) of the week.
I decided to switch from WordFence to SiteGround Security to test it out. Noticeably, SiteGround Security has far fewer options. I can’t tell yet if that’s a good thing or a bad thing! I like that it’s far less bloat in the database and the options it does have, are easy to understand and implement. Far less chance of breaking your site.
As of today, it’s been a full month since my mother passed away. I truly have not comprehended or processed any of it. Not in the slightest.
Spring, which just began yesterday, is the season I associate the most with my mother, and at any given moment, I forget… and then am cruelly reminded of reality. Like my spring flower patch, where over 40+ spring bulbs are currently coming up. Every single bulb in that patch was a gift from my mother.
I can barely type any of that out. I’ve lived through many traumas in my life, but this? I don’t know how to recover from it.
And I get that it’s a universal experience, however, so much happened surrounding this, additional trauma due to responses (or lack of) and behaviors from family and friends, things my spouse has done, things her husband has done, and then tossing in the isolation I am experiencing has compounded the pain greatly.
I don’t think I would have survived the last month without my best friend, her husband, and my twin sister.
I deeply struggle with what to share about my life, because overall, my life is pretty negative and has been for quite some time. It’s very hard for people who haven’t experienced a similar situation, health problems, and a toxic spouse, to understand. And I never want to be a burden on others, or be known for just complaining. No matter how valid it is.
Anyway, I need to start my spring garden ASAP and get potatoes, onions, radishes, and greens all planted. I got two GreenStalk planters last fall, and I am super excited to use them this year. One will be a strawberry tower and the other, an herb tower. Normally I grow my herbs in grow bags, so moving to the tower, will free up the bags for even more vegetables! I still need more soil, weed fabric, and large pavers. I don’t know how to afford it yet, as my “household allowance” barely covers the basics for the home/kids/cats/my prescriptions. Still, gardening is one of the few things both my sons and I really enjoy.
I decided to join WW (Weight Watchers), I signed up with a great deal, the first month free and the next five months at 50% off. Can’t beat that! I’ve calorie counted (very strictly) for years but after everything that’s happened over the last month, I needed something a bit easier to manage. Not having to weigh and measure every single vegetable makes it easier to stay on track. They’ve come a very long way over the last decade.
I think that’s about it for me right now.
So, tell me, how are you doing? Is anything new going on?