Considering I haven’t posted for about six weeks, it probably won’t be a shock to hear that I’m bringing this blog to an end. I did the math the other day and realized I’ve been blogging for almost ten years, which seems like an awfully long time. Back in 2003 I moved from the city to a rural acreage, and with some encouragement and technical support from my partner in crime Hermione, I started Country City Girl. (Don’t look for it, it’s long gone and I’m a bit afraid what you might find under that name now.) CCG consisted mainly of tales of my dating misadventures, my crazy animals, and living with one foot in the city and one foot in the canola. It covered my solo trips to Cuba, Australia, and a life changing 5 week trip to Africa. I wound that one up in 2007 after I got Sport’s referral and his arrival was imminent, mostly because there were a few long time readers (remember those dating misadventures?) who I didn’t really want to have a window into my life anymore.
After Country City Girl came The Munchkin Diaries. That blog chronicled the months leading up to my travel to Ethiopia and Sport’s arrival home. It included some posts about the first three months, which were pretty brutal, but also a lot of ‘firsts’ and some great ESL anecdotes. This one might still be my favourite:
looking at my salad… “Lots pepper.”
“Hmm? Oh, no, that’s not pepper, those are poppyseeds.”
(Look of horror…) “WHAT?”
“Poppyseeds… the salad dressing has poppyseeds in it.”
(Look of horror intensifies…) “Made from PUPPIES???”
The Munchkin Diaries went private after a bit and carried on for about a year, until I shut it down in a fit of panic after discovering that a reader with the password had allowed someone who is borderline certifiably crazy to access it repeatedly. I decided I was done with blogging, which lasted all of a month or so.
Enter Bolt Upright. Public but anonymous, and with password protection for any pictures of Sport or posts I felt gave too many details about our life. I didn’t give out the password much either, due to my previous experience – which meant feeling a little guilty saying ‘no’ to requests for the password, but not guilty enough to change my mind. This blog has been going for over four years, which I didn’t really realize until I checked the archives just now. 566 posts, 62,800 views, and 3103 comments. Most views ever in a day, 293 – back when I said my piece about adoption and all hell broke loose. Good times.
It’s kind of been dying a slow death over the last six months or so though. I did try to rejuvenate things in November, and managed to post almost every day, but doing that hasn’t motivated me to post again the way it used to. Instead it feels like the last little burst of flames before everything just crumbles into ashes. (Too over-dramatic? Sorry, it’s been that kind of a day.) Anyway, after ten years, I think I’m just …. done. Thanks for joining me here for all this time!