This week, WordPress gave me a notification that it was my 7-year anniversary of signing up for an account. I’ve only been blogging consistently since summer 2016, but still, I started this blog in summer 2012. That’s a long dang time.
In honor of that, I’m going to do some shameless self-promotion. There’s a lot of stuff on this blog I now cringe at, but there’s a lot of good stuff, too. Below, I’ve linked some of my own favorite posts. (I only skimmed them as I was choosing them, so I hope there’s nothing too cringey there.) Plus there’s some fun stats, too.
Before we get to all that, though, I just want to say a gigantic THANK YOU to everyone who has ever read this blog. It’s so nice to know that other people value what I have to say, and I adore the community that I’ve built up through WordPress. Y’all are just as great as real-life friends (actually maybe better because I don’t have to leave my house).
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I Love Books
Books=Home — This was written in my sophomore year of college, when I was living in my first apartment and had my own room all to myself for the first time in my life. I didn’t read much freshman year because there was just so much going on. But sophomore year came with more space to collect things I love and more time to reflect on them.
10 Books From My Childhood I’d Like to Revisit — My first and best post for the Top Ten Tuesday meme (which all good book bloggers know about). It was only downhill from here.
I Want More Spanish Books Everywhere — We have a ton of Spanish-speaking people in this country, and I want that for them, but also I’m selfish and want an introverted way to keep up my Spanish.
I Speak Spanish
Spanish and American Girl (or, How My Spanish Obsession Began) — Here’s a hint: it involves books.
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — I spent a month here as part of my Spanish degree, took some bad iPhone pics, and wrote about it.
Spanish: More Than a Language — When I realized that Spanish is a luxury for me.
Murphy 313 — Written sophomore year after I moved out of a dorm and into an apartment, this was a tribute to the way freshman year changed me.
This Post is About My Sister — In which I talk about that amazing person.
And This One is About My Brother — Enough said.
5 Reasons Why I Don’t Pray Anymore — This was the first time I acknowledged openly that I’d given Christianity up. I wrote this sophomore year, even though I first thought about it freshman year, and it continues to get occasional views.
In Response to the Very Worst Missionary — The first time I wrote about Jaime Wright, because her words impacted me way back in 2015. Reading back through this post was eerie because it’s pretty much the epitome of real-life foreshadowing.
Discussion: Lifeway’s Decision to Pull Jen Hatmaker’s Products — I didn’t call myself a Christian at this point, but I still had my opinions.
Revisiting Christianity — This is when I started to look back into it again.
If you made it this far, thanks again for reading! I really do appreciate you.
Congrats on the anniversary! I’m sure they aren’t cringey at all, just about to check out your giving up on Christianity post, I’m not religious but an ex boyfriend was and it influenced our relationship and a lot of my life growing up as a teenager.
Thank you! Yeah, religion definitely can make a huge impact. Unfortunately I think a lot of times it’s a negative one. I’m about to go check out your blog as well; kinda hoping some of your experiences with Christianity will be on there! Thanks for stopping by!
Thank you! I’m yet to write about it fully but this has given me the push to do it!
Aw girl! This is some really good stuff! I love how you wrote about speaking Spanish and the doors that it’s opened for you! I’ll have to check out those posts❤️😍. Much love!
You’re so sweet; thank you!! :D . I’ll be perusing yours as well!
Nice retrospective. Junie B Jones? The poor grammar was always a major stumbling point for me.
I don’t remember anything about the grammar actually; I would’ve noticed that later on! Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of parents being annoyed with her but I did love her at the time
Well, I supposed the series is written for the tykes and not their parents, but still we’re the ones reading the books.
Woah! Congratulations!! 7 years blogging is an amazing achievement. :)
Wow congrats! Seven years is so impressive!