One of the reasons I wanted to start a blog was because there are so many great blogs that I enjoy reading. I'm sure I'll discuss many as time goes on. Reading blogs is as much a part of my daily routine as checking email.
That's why it's funny to think that a decade ago, there were no blogs. Oh, maybe there were. I'm sure people had online diaries--in fact I know a few early adopters who did just that--but blogs are a part of our culture now in a way they weren't just a few short years ago.
The first blog I ever read was Dooce.com. I know, I know... it's kind of a cliche. Sort of like losing your v-card on prom night. But at least I can say that I "knew" her when. Okay, "know" might not be the most accurate word, but I was an early(ish) reader. My babysitter introduced me to Dooce in 2004. Dooce (aka Heather Armstrong) had just had her first daughter and I was pregnant with my second. She was experiencing post-partum depression and I was experiencing what I refer to as pre-partum depression. We were both English majors, both madly in love with our husbands, both living in our first houses. Clearly we were destined to be BFFs.
Sadly, like many relationships, ours eventually faded. I still check in on old Dooce from time to time but I no longer consider her my #1. This is by no means an indictment of Dooce or her writing. She is still wickedly funny, an excellent writer, an amazing photographer. But Heather went and evolved on me. She got all enlightened. She had a baby without pain meds, ran a marathon and started hanging out with Christy Turlington. In short, we no longer have much in common. Don't get me wrong, I do not begrudge her her enlightenment. More power to her! (Truly!) I just can't relate anymore.
It's okay though because now I have lots of other imaginary internet friends. (Shout out to John & Sherry at Young House Love! Those guys and I are tight.)