5/1/12

Blog Birthday: Why I Document.

At work we talk a lot about brand narratives - about creating a cohesive story for the clients that we represent. A family-focused story. A luxury story. A complex, interwoven story of the working mother. We tie relevant stories to brands in ways that are palatable and appealing to the American public.

My blog is a personal narrative. A narrative that, as of this week, has been telling itself for two years. But it's deeper than that. It's told of the months and years before April of 2010 and hoped for things that would come in the life after April of 2012. It's not always cohesive. Sometimes not even palatable. But it's a story, and its one that I love telling.

When people ask me why I blog, I usually give a few run-of-the-mill answers. It allows me to connect with people all over the world. It helps me stay in touch with my family and friends. Blogging looks good on my resume. All of which are true, but none of which are, again, the whole story.

A big part of this story is, admittedly, fear. Fear that bits of my life will end without flourish. Without proper review or celebration. 20-, 21- and 22-year-old Stevie will cease to exist. Because, whether we realize it or not, we're different from year to year. Even from month to month. This blog is a way to help me understand who that person is, or was, or may one day be.

"Following the Walkers" has taken a journey from our engagement to our marriage. From college to the workplace. From being an intern at CBS to working as a publicist for a reality television start-up to being an AAE at a PR agency. From just me, to me and husband, to me and husband and pup. From living in NYC to living in Connecticut to living in Massachusetts to our return to the city. It's seen vacations in Florida, a production trip to Honduras, a study abroad in Italy and adventures all over the east coast. This blog has been a way for me to stay connected to the memories - to be grateful for the little experiences and bigger life moments that have shaped us. Moved us. Excited us.

When I was a little girl, I would sometimes wake from dreams to sit at the edge of my bed and write. Or read. Or listen to quiet music. Or close the door and dance like a lunatic in my pajamas. I am in love with the creative processes that are open to interpretation. Sometimes this blog acts a simple documentation of our lives, other times it can be likened to dancing behind closed doors - a frantic expression of surprise and joy and heartache.

I have the same reasons for blogging as I do for loving - because life is too beautiful to keep to yourself. And too wonderful to forget.

Happy Birthday, Blog!

6 comments:

  1. What a wonderfully written post. Happy blog birthday! Here's to many more. :)

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  2. wonderful post! i, too, am in love with the creative processes that are open to interpretation. creating is my fuel, and my blog is a way to document that sometimes delicate, sometimes messy, process.

    thank you for sharing bits and pieces of your beautiful life with us!

    xo, amanda

    http://mamamwatters.blogspot.com

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  3. I LOVE THIS POST! I feel the same ways about blogging. I never could have explained it so beautifully. Isn't fun to look back at your old posts and remember that day and time of your life? Great stuff.

    taylor

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  4. Happy blog birthday!
    I'm the same as you, I love that I've been blogging, in some form, since I was 19, and even if I never go back and look at it anymore, I still have that part of myself there forever. :)

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  5. I am not sure I can put 'why I blog' into words.

    It's true about life being too beautiful to keep to yourself!

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  6. Stevie, you're such a beautiful writer! Inspiring me to ditch Tumblr and my funny photos and get back to writing. Love you xx claude

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