Today is the 11th anniversary of the day I began writing Little Merry Sunshine. Eleven years ago, I thought blogging was going to be a fun, new hobby, but didn’t think I’d really have any fans or regular readers. I also didn’t think I’d still be blogging 11 years later, but I am. Go figure.
I began writing Little Merry Sunshine over at Blogger, where you can still find my first seven years of posts. Through the magic of social media – Facebook and Twitter – I built a nice following of real life friends, family, and complete strangers, many of whom have become friends. I loved my blog, but it was just me and I wanted to be part of a blogging community. I joined ChicagoNow in November 2013 and found the community and support I sought.
For a short time, I also wrote a blog called Remembering Frances that contained a collection of memories about my Nana. That blog went live on July 12, 2009, the day she died.
Since July 1, 2007, I’ve written 1,425 posts across the original Little Merry Sunshine blog (1,216), the ChicagoNow version of Little Merry Sunshine (175), and Remembering Frances (34). That’s 129 posts annually.
I’ve never shied away from sharing (or oversharing as a few people have suggested) topics including my overwhelming grief when Nana, my cats, or Uncle Ray died; my journey from my first mammogram to lumpectomy; or my most embarrassing moments because I always believed my words could help someone. The numerous notes of gratitude I’ve received from readers who found comfort and answers in my journeys proved me right. Those notes inspire me.
Whether this is the first Little Merry Sunshine post you’ve read or you’ve been reading since the beginning, I’m grateful for you.
Here’s to another 11 years.
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