I don't remember how it started, but my sister started telling me I needed to start a blog, that a blog was the perfect way to share my pictures and stories. Until that point, I hadn't even heard of blogging, had no idea what it was all about.
Being completely intimidated by technology, I put her off. I didn't feel like trying to figure out how to make something on the computer work. I was having to do that far too often with our logging programs and GPS, etc, and it always turned into nerve burning experiences that left me stressed out and in bad moods. So no thank you, Meagan! I did NOT want to get into something else on the computer. I was comfortable where I was at. No challenges please.
But Meagan kept on after me, "you need to start a blog" and so finally, really more to get her off my case and make her happy than any other reason, and fully expecting to not stick with it, one day while Malcolm was working on the truck in a truck stop parking lot, I followed her link to the Blogger website and explored. It turned out a lot easier than I thought, and with a little coaching on my sister's part, Between You, Me and the Fencepost was born on April 6, 2008. That's when I did my first short post.
Even if I didn't have people reading, which is a reward in and of itself, the blog has been a great creative outlet for me. I can't get to my quilting or my candles, or my other crafts, but I can blog. And it also has been a much needed social outlet for me, starting out by keeping me in touch with friends and family, letting them know where we were and what we were doing. But over time, and to my great surprise, "strangers" took interest in my life, "followers" of my blog that have become treasured friends. I don't know where I'd be without my blog and the people it connects me to!
This month was my blog's third birthday. Three years of wonderful blogging! Meagan I thank you SO MUCH from the bottom of my heart for harassing me into starting a blog! Just goes to show, sometimes you shouldn't take no for an answer!
I'd been thinking of restructuring, refocusing a bit and had started this process a few weeks ago, and for my blog's birthday I sent it to the blog spa for some pampering and a make over. A new look for my new focus and dedication.
I want to take the opportunity to thank Angie at Strogirl's Designs for her great work and her patience with this blogger, who despite three years of blogging is still technically challenged and ignorant. Thank you for putting up with all my questions and my many indecisive moments. I love the end result! The new look is a wonderful reflection of me, which is exactly what I wanted. You did an awesome job Angie!
We're still tweaking it here and there, but appearance wise, this is my blogs new look and I love it! You might also notice, if you didn't catch it a few weeks ago, that I tweaked the title too. I liked Between You, Me and the Fencepost, but it didn't really reflect anything about my blog, and it almost started to sound like a gossip column if you gave it too much thought, which this blog is far from being! I wanted to stick with the Fencepost theme, and one night laying awake in bed, I started having all these ideas and the title just came to me, along with the explanation, which you can read below the header.
PS: I've got a button now, a really really cute button, over in the right margin. So if you really like my blog a lot, feel free to "grab my button!" How fun to be able to say that!