My apologies ahead of time for the following pictures, but they're screen shots of my computer taken with my camera.
Here's a nice one, before we get to the rest of the bad ones on this post ;)
Well, I think Bubba sleeping on a chair is nice ;)
Today, I finally sat down and actually went through the screen shots of my old blog, that were on the Internet Archive: Wayback Machine.
There's not much there, but enough to look up some old blogging friends.
And also to see how embarrassing some of my posts were and my sad attempts at a header.
This is one of them from 2008:
Look at that post title... "Tagged!"
Still love Susie Q though ;)
In case you don't know, tagging was a "thing" back then.
You were asked a series of questions and you were supposed to answer them and pass them on.
I'll pass on showing my answers on here (cringe).
Here's a look at my blog after I finally gave up trying to do it myself and paid someone else to do it:
I'm thinking about doing that again.
I truly suck at technical things.
Then there was the awards.
Oh my... how exciting! You were "in the loop" if you received them. It meant that you had been noticed and your blog was something special.
Check out the title of this post:
I'm still thankful for all the awards I received, because people went out of their way to let me know how much they enjoyed reading my blog.
That's a nice thing to know, especially when you're not sure why anyone visits you in the first place ... cough... cough... and even more so when you're new to Blogland.
Back then, I always made sure the newbies got one.
Encouragement goes a long way.
Sadly, it's rare these days.
Eventually, it became passe and people put up "Award free blog".
So, let's see a glimpse of who made comments!
I think the only one left on this screen shot, that's still blogging, is sweet Brenda.
We've known each other for a long time, haven't we, my friend? :)
Eventually my blog list got so big, it had it's own page.
How sad is it that most of these people are gone?
Kasey from Lola B's... Love Leigh Things.. Mabel's House...
Lynne is still around though!
Although most of them, not as often.
Oh and those buttons on the side...
That was a thing then too. Or is it still?
Sometimes I see them, sometimes I don't.
I think the worst thing, besides seeing my ex-husband's pictures and my old "about me" on there (more cringing here), was going through the list of blogs and only finding about 1/4 of them still blogging.
Some said goodbye and some just disappeared, like I did.
I hope that every one of them is happy wherever they are and that one day they'll come back like me and say hello.
All this to say, I knew it would be hard to take a look back, but I just didn't realize how hard.
Sadly, those early days of blogging are long gone and we'll never get them back, but I'm happy to be blogging again and for the new friendships I've made.
I really am :)
While I was writing this post, I thought of this quote:
"Don't cry over the past, it's gone. Don't stress about the future, it hasn't arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful."
Make it beautiful?
Well, I'll do my best, but I can't promise anything ;)