I started this blog 5 years ago during a really weird time in my life. It quickly became something so much more than I ever imagined, and to me, it was my little escape, my little way to be creative, my little voice, my little place to say and do whatever I wanted-MY blog. Blogging has been challenging for me lately. It is no secret that I just haven't had as much time to put into it. And you know what, that is ok…life happens. My life is changing and evolving constantly. it has changed drastically over the past year alone--I started a business (while still maintaining my day job), I bought a house, which has been one thing after another (story for another day!!)….and 99% of the time I am just trying to keep all the balls in the air—and IT.IS.HARD.
I was in Florida last week with some of my lifelong friends, and we started talking about my blog. I told them how I had really been struggling with it, how I had been questioning if it was still the right thing for me, confessed that I just wasn't getting as much out of it as I once was, expressed the feelings of "guilt" that I felt that I hadn't been able to put as much time as I wanted to into it, etc. etc. That same day I also saw Casey Wiegand's post in response to "The American Blogger Controversy" and it just made me so sad—that this blogging community that I have loved being a part of for so long, could yet again be so cruel at the same time. It just made me question all of it, and why we do it.
But then last night I was reminded WHY blogging is important, and why I ever fell in love with it in the first place. Yesterday, the highly anticipated and much discussed film, American Blogger, was released. I didn’t have one free minute until 10 pm to actually sit down and watch it, but as soon as my last client left, I grabbed Sadie and glass of wine, and downloaded the movie. I was so excited, and yet so nervous too--I mean the likelihood that I said something absolutely stupid was high-this I was certain.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Having gotten to know Casey and Chris Wiegand, I should have known that this film was going to be incredibly touching. I was not prepared, however, for the absolutely sweet sincerity and love that this project was made with. Chris is incredibly, incredibly talented. I cannot imagine how many hours and how much of his resources went into this. Time away from his family, time spent editing 5,000 minutes of film—he did such a great job. The film is so moving-I cried twice, not kidding, haha! It is well done, and tells great stories. Some of the ladies in the film I know, and some of them I don't-but you better believe I am going to get to know them!
I am proud to be apart of this, and thankful that blogging has given me so much these past five years! I don't know how long this will remain a part of my life, or what is going to happen-but right now this is something I am not ready to let go of just yet-I think some things are changing…and I am excited to see what happens.
You can purchase the film here, I promise you won't be disappointed. I told Chris and Casey that if anyone, after actually sitting down and watching this film, and understanding the intent and care behind it, still has something negative to say, that I will personally deliver flaming poo bags to their doorsteps. ;)
Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my blogging journey, you have no idea what you have given me!
one- Good gracious almighty, the fat right side of my face, ha!! This was the week I got a parotid stone in my face!! My FACE people! Google it, its terrifying. I looked like a cabbage patch kid. Oy vey.
two- Yes, I realize that my logo is not ACTUALLY Sadie, I misspoke. It is her likeness ;) just to get that out in the open, ha!
I think that's it...yeah that's all I got.