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Congratulations! We've completed two weeks of The Blog-tember Challenge! The prompts on our horizon cover a wide range, but today's takes us back to the basics. I think it's good to go back to the beginning and see how far we've come. It's also a great reminder to those of us feeling lost in the blogosphere, wondering why we joined in the craziness to begin with.

Today's prompt: When did you start blogging and why?

I've been part of the blogging world for almost five years now, and it has been incredible to watch this community grow! Brave Love is my third site, and I am here to stay. When I started out, I just wanted to write. I wanted to put my words out for the world to see, to have a space of my own to sort out this mile-a-minute mind of mine. It was simple, and it was the start of something wonderful.

Here is my first ever blog post from September 23, 2009:
Blogging. What a popular word these days, huh? Sort of. When we say blogging, I at least think of Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc. In the past five to ten years, we have been given so many different avenues to connect with friends and others; each has was of allowing us to share thoughts, pictures, events, and to plug in deeper with various networks. It's both a blessing and a curse I think. 

 But, I do think I am going to look at it mostly in the first light: it's a blessing. Facebook and Myspace are how I keep in touch with people. Since going off to college, some of my closest friends and I have parted our separate ways, but a small chat window gives me easy access into their lives. Even before graduation, simply changing schools has disconnected me from people I held close, but pages and profiles and the like have kept me intune with them. 

 As for Blogger, I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. It reminds me of Xanga, where we could make full posts about whatever we wanted. I found my first Xanga and absolutely cringed when I saw what I had written and the horrible grammar and spelling and iRRiTATiNG uSe OF CAPiTALS and the like. Thankfully, I've grown up since then. And I suppose that is why I'm here. 

 Some of my friends have told me that I need to write again, like the blogs I used to post on Myspace from time to time. To be honest, I miss writing. It was definitely a release and a way for me to put my thoughts into words that helped me better understand what I was dealing with and how I was dealing with it. And so, I write again. 

 I'll write of random things and of important things, but mostly whatever I'm in the mood for. I can't wait to begin. However, this is the beginning. Here is where I say "Hello!" and "Welcome!". Here is where I make my mark and take a step forward. Here we are.

Here we are. It's funny how grown up I felt at eighteen and how young I feel at twenty-three. But here we are five years later, and my core is the same. I write to connect, to share, and to dig deep. This space has been both blessing and burden in various seasons, but there is something that burns in me to keep it going. So I shall.

It also looks like my 5 year blogiversary is next week! Woohoo! What about you? When and why did you start in on this crazy adventure?

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