I started my blog in June 2007, a month after Patrick and I got married. I wanted to keep a record of my marriage and life. It also was a great way to keep friends and family updated with what we were doing. Unlike keeping a private written journal, it was so much easier to continue to document our lives because, for some reason, the fact that people were going to read it made it fun.
Blogging was/is not always fun or easy. Often times I got frustrated or annoyed and wanted to stop completely. However, I knew the reason for me keeping a blog went far beyond me just informing the world of my thoughts or what we were during the week—I wanted to keep a record for future enjoyment and posterity, so I kept at it.
A few years back I created a book of our first year of marriage by using our blog entries through the website Blurb. Blurb offers a book design program that easily downloads your blog entries and puts them into a book. Of course, it is time consuming, and a tad expensive; however, it is WELL worth it.
My goal this past month was to create books from our blog from 2007 to 2010. This past week I finished! It was time consuming. However, when I received each book in the mail and was able to thumb through the pages, it brought back so many memories and fun events in our lives together that otherwise would have been completely forgotten. When you are experiencing things in life, you swear you will never forget it. Yet, as time goes on you soon forget your thoughts, feelings, happenings, and possibly the whole event all together. It was incredible as I was putting these books together, all the memories that I documented with my blog that I would have otherwise forgotten.
Now it is fun to sit down with Patrick and flip through the pages (each book ranging from 180 pages to 240, some only being half a year). It is such a amazing thought to think that someday we will be able to sit down with our kids and grand kids and share our lives and all that we have experienced and learned with them because we kept record of it through blogging.