One thousand and ninety-five. Think of it in terms of days. Now think of it in terms of blank WordPress pages. Each week, I come to this back end of my site and I unload whatever thoughts, feelings, emotions I have pent up inside of me. And today, as Electric Blogarella turns three, I come again to a blank page. A page where I’m supposed to take three years and sum them up. It is not, by any means, an easy task. But it’s one that I do because it gives me purpose. I have come to these pages time and time again with my joys, my sorrows and I have put my life into words. I know it’s supposed to be a “fashion blog,” but, for me, it’s a diary, a documentation of my life and times. The fashion is just the in. What’s really here is a writer, telling her story. To some, it may seem odd to live your life in a public arena, for anyone to stumble upon. But it’s just the way I am. I have always been an open book. And the decision to blog was the decision to take that open book, give it art and let it be.
And this journey, this journey has been overwhelming. I have cried for this blog. I’ve had my feelings hurt by this blog. I have sweat for this blog. I have bruised countless parts of my body climbing into no trespassing zones for this blog. I have fought for this blog. I have patted myself on the back for this blog. I have smacked my forehead and shaken my head for this blog. When I found myself without a photographer, I learned how to take my own pictures. When technology quit on me, I Googled how to fix it (though my damn comments are still broken. Hey, I’m no Steve Jobs). My point is, I do this because it is my labor of love, my passion project-turned-job. And I will continue to do this, because to write is, for me, like breathing. My life lives here in these WordPress pages. To be able to go back and see how Milly has grown over the years or where I was both physically and mentally in this or that place and time, too see these victories I’ve accomplished with a camera, a dress and words, it’s overwhelming for me. At the end of the day, I do this for me. The fact that anyone else has taken an interest in it, well, that floors me.
They say three is a magic number, I can’t wait to see where this next year leads. My gratitude for each opportunity I have been given via this blog grows exponentially each year, and I am humbled by the journey. So I take my camera by the strap and await the next adventure.