I was actually not aware of this until I was working on things behind the scenes around here last week and caught site of the first blog post, but it has been eight years now that I’ve been blogging about being a survivor of child abuse. It occurs to me that, on top of the other reasons I’ve been unable to blog here as much as I’d like to this year, I do often get an idea, or the very beginnings of an idea and struggle to say something I haven’t said before!
After that much time, and close to 600 posts, I do feel like I don’t have many original thoughts left. Then again, I’m not ready to simply quit writing here either. I know that lots of you read these posts and find value in them, so I’m going to continue to do that, and give myself the freedom to write what’s on my mind, regardless of whether it’s a topic I’ve covered, and as time allows. So, hopefully I’ll still be covering some original ground, but I’ll also probably be covering some things that are familiar to anyone who’s been reading for a long time. Sorry about that, but then again, there are probably just as many people finding this blog for the first time too. Maybe if I update it more often, they’d even come back! 😉
Seriously though, reading that there are 39 millions sexual abuse survivors in the US alone, reminds me why, even if it takes time and energy to write this blog, or keep up with the Survivors Network, it’s worth it.
Thanks for all that you do for the blogger survivor community!!!
39 million is a straggering number isn’t it? Like Leah, I would like to add my thanks to hers for all that you do with your blog and the Survivors Network. Have a glorious 2010. As you grow, your writing grows with you so even if you write about the same topics they are different because you are different. That’s my thought and I am sticking to it.
Eight years, huh? Wow! I had my four year anniversary (come to think of it) in November. But, I sometimes feel close to what you’re talking about here. But, you’re right: we need to hang in there and keep on advocating with staggering statistics like this. Thanks for the Darkness 2 Light link. I wasn’t aware of some of those numbers. Keep up the great work, Mike!
I didn’t even notice this anniversary at Christmas time so belated congratulations 🙂 Think it’s been three years of reviewing books for the other section over here before News and Reviews was added as a subsection.
However I do tell people to start with your archives whenever I am recommending the blog. With this version of WordPress giving related comments it’s the only reason I noticed this anniversary post in the first place, it’s easy to miss new posts at busy times, even when the updates themselves become infrequent due to life in general.
Plus, your feelings about whatever you have posted about eight years ago may change over time therefore making it good to revisit certain subjects. There certainly wouldn’t be a whole heck of a lot of point saying “I still feel exactly the same about XYZ in 2010 as when I first said it”.