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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Blog Aniversary!!!

Wow! I can't believe that one year ago today I started my Blogger Account. I only just happened to be editing my blog description when I saw my sign up date, and nearly hit the floor; I couldn't believe that I had started blogging way back in March. For some reason, I can only remember posting things in July, so that's when I assumed that I had started. The crazy thing is looking back at how my blogging has changed.

I have two blogs, Sheer Interest and this one. Sheer Interest is based on some creative story lines involving some of my Barbies. I never really post in this one anymore. Femme Noblesse Oblige started as an place for me to do some historical fiction. I think both blogs were an attempt to disconnect myself from reality at the time: graduating from college. It wasn't really leaving college that bothered me, it was what to do afterwards. The thought of getting a job and having grown-up problems (paying bills, rent, etc.) really made me anxious, especially since I still really don't consider myself an adult even though I'm 23. On top of this, I was anxious about what to do at night. I had been in school since I was 4 years old, and had had homework since I was 5. So the idea that now at the end of the day I would have nothing structured, or required to do, was both liberating and frightening. My initial idea to cope with these feelings was to never grow up and live like a member of the aristocracy; never work, live for leisure, wear cute clothes (this was no doubt influenced by my having to read Kamikaze Girls for one of my course. I figured one way to do this was to express myself through creative writing on a blog, which would also give my something to do at night and while I looked for a job.

I actually became more active on both my blogs once I started interning. I had absolutely no idea what kind of career I wanted after college (still don't actually), so I decided to do some post-grad internships in order to gain work experience and hopefully land a nice job. The first one on did lasted from June to July and was the most boring thing I've ever done. I literally sat in front of a computer all day doing nothing, which is when my blogging really picked up. I started writing posts at work as a way to make it through the day. My next internship lasted from July to August and kept me busy, but after that I spent the next three months looking for a job. My blogging kept me busy and kept me from getting depressed about not having any structured work to do. This is also when I got on Second Life.

Once I saw how cool Second Life was, I wanted to share screenshots on my blog. At first I was only concerned with showing what I wanted to show (the outfit, the building, etc.), but after a while I started setting up scenarios and scenery with my SL avatars, which allowed me to create stories and personalities around them. This leads to what my blog is at present; a place for me to share pictures, mainly from SL, but also from other games.

It's hard to believe that in a years time I was able to make such drastic conceptual changes to my blog without even being conscious of it. Whether or not anyone even reads my blog doesn't matter to me, but being able to share my thoughts, screenshots, or whatever else does. I hope anyone who reads it enjoys it as much as I do! And yes, I still refuse to grow up!

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