One morning in December 2012, Jared and I were awakened by a text message, which was quickly followed by a phone call. We were given the news that we had anxiously been waiting for; we were moving to Korea!
During that initial conversation, after the “I can’t believe this” and “oh! think how much we can travel” conversations, I announced, “I think I’ll write a blog.” I was inspired by a few of my favorite blogs, and I was interested in joining that creative community. The time seemed right; I had a topic; why not?
Today marks one year since my first post here on More Than A Page. It’s something that I feel is worth celebrating. My little piece of the internet has become something very special to me, a part of me. This blog still leaves me with mixed emotions- joy, frustration, stress, humility, gratitude, and pride.
I have always written well. Not anything really noteworthy, but it was a strength of mine. Then came my thesis and the hell that was 2010. Jared was deployed, I was teaching full time, and I spent every evening and weekend writing, editing, and revising. It was a struggle, and at times I threw out entire 20 page chapters and started again. And again. And again. I made it through. I passed my thesis defense and graduated, but I was finished with writing.
So, starting a blog was a big step for me. When I started writing, I knew that it would mostly be my family and friends reading, but I nervous about putting my words out there. However, I wanted to write, to share, to be a part of this encouraging community. For the first few months of the blog, I wouldn’t post without Jared reading it first. He was my safety net as I slowly built my confidence again. Then one day I wrote a post. A little post that I brainstormed on one of our trips to the airport. It exploded. I got over 1,000 views in one day. That’s ten times as many as I see on a good day! I got the last little bit of encouragement I needed to heal my writing soul. After that post, I wasn’t nearly as concerned with perfection. Although I hope I haven’t peaked just yet, if that was the best post I ever write, then I am ok with that. I didn’t post on my scheduled day or at my regular time? The world continues to spin. So there’s a typo in my post? I hope that noticing that error brought as much joy to the finder as I feel when finding grammar mistakes.
Enough with the sappy story. Let’s see some fun blog-day facts!
This site has been central to my growth as a writer and a photographer. Through this blog I have been able to embrace my new life in Korea, and I have met some incredible people. My blogging network happily expanded by posting with KoreaYe and How We See Korea. I am delighted to announce that starting this week, I will be one of three regular contributors on How We See Korea! I am incredibly honored to join this fantastic group of photographers! I will be posting a weekly picture from my adventures in Korea, and I hope you click over for a visit. I love digging through the archives and piecing together an understanding of this country, one picture at a time.
This year has been a whirlwind. I moved from the United States to South Korea. I traveled to countries I never thought I would see. And I started a little hobby, a blog. What began as a way for me to share my experiences with family and friends has grown into something more. . . than a page.