Two Years In

My first post here was January 6, 2010.

I started my blog for the sole purpose of putting things down. I wanted to start writing, to express my private thoughts and feelings. I wanted to use my blog as a way to remember and grow. I never considered having anybody, other than close friends and family, read these words, and I rarely even considered that while writing earlier posts.

I created a place for me. A place where I could express frustration and joy. A place where bragging, as well as bitching, about life and family was allowed. I never expected more than this.

This past year, I opened up. I quit lurking on other blogs and started connecting with the people behind the stories I’d been reading. I quit writing fluff and started writing what was real for me. I quit hiding and started to announce myself to those I felt a connection with.

I’ve felt intimidated.

I’ve felt vulnerable.

I’ve felt judged.

I’ve also felt accepted, understood and loved.

This space has become a refuge for my soul and a meeting place for my heart. I am so very grateful to all who’ve spent time here in the past and especially those who are still with me today. This has become a more comforting place then I ever imagined. It’s become my online home and I look forward to spending another year, working on being as open and honest in my words as you’ve been in yours.

Thank you all so very much.

I write for me, I hit publish for you.

36 Responses to Two Years In
  1. Stacey
    January 6, 2012 | 8:31 am

    Happy Bloggiversary! I celebrated 4 years in December. I never thought I would last that long and still be going strong. Here's to another great year for us both!

  2. Stacey
    January 6, 2012 | 8:31 am

    Happy Bloggiversary! I celebrated 4 years in December. I never thought I would last that long and still be going strong. Here's to another great year for us both!

  3. Miss Marina Star
    January 6, 2012 | 9:00 am

    Thank you so much Stacey. Four years is such a great accomplishment! I plan to do this as long as I love it.

  4. Miss Marina Star
    January 6, 2012 | 9:00 am

    Thank you so much Stacey. Four years is such a great accomplishment! I plan to do this as long as I love it.

  5. Life As Wife
    January 6, 2012 | 10:07 am

    I for one am so glad you hit publish!! Congrats!

  6. Life As Wife
    January 6, 2012 | 10:07 am

    I for one am so glad you hit publish!! Congrats!

  7. Miss Marina Star
    January 6, 2012 | 2:19 pm

    Thank you! I can't believe how many amazing voices I've met recently. You are one of them and I'm so glad you came by.

  8. Miss Marina Star
    January 6, 2012 | 2:19 pm

    Thank you! I can't believe how many amazing voices I've met recently. You are one of them and I'm so glad you came by.

  9. Bruna
    January 6, 2012 | 5:55 pm

    I'm with you Ms. Marina Star! Congrats on your 2 years!

  10. Bruna
    January 6, 2012 | 5:55 pm

    I'm with you Ms. Marina Star! Congrats on your 2 years!

  11. Emily
    January 6, 2012 | 6:06 pm

    You started your blog for the same reason I did. It's hard not to portray yourself as something else, but it's amazing what happens when you're raw and open with your posts. I'm glad I discovered your blog!

  12. Emily
    January 6, 2012 | 6:06 pm

    You started your blog for the same reason I did. It's hard not to portray yourself as something else, but it's amazing what happens when you're raw and open with your posts. I'm glad I discovered your blog!

  13. Miss Marina Star
    January 6, 2012 | 6:07 pm

    Thank you! I was starting to feel like it was pointless to continue to publish. 🙁

    Appreciate the RT!

  14. Miss Marina Star
    January 6, 2012 | 6:07 pm

    Thank you! I was starting to feel like it was pointless to continue to publish. 🙁

    Appreciate the RT!

  15. Elena
    January 6, 2012 | 8:01 pm

    I love that this place has become a refuge for you. Good for you to come out of your shell this past year! Happy 2 years to you. 🙂

  16. Elena
    January 6, 2012 | 8:01 pm

    I love that this place has become a refuge for you. Good for you to come out of your shell this past year! Happy 2 years to you. 🙂

  17. Miss Marina Star
    January 6, 2012 | 11:31 pm

    Thank you. It's amazing how we all ended up here. I'm hoping for many years to come.

  18. Miss Marina Star
    January 6, 2012 | 11:31 pm

    Thank you. It's amazing how we all ended up here. I'm hoping for many years to come.

  19. Miss Marina Star
    January 6, 2012 | 11:33 pm

    Thank you. It has been a great year. Aside from my hesitancy, I think that opening up has been so good for me.

  20. Miss Marina Star
    January 6, 2012 | 11:33 pm

    Thank you. It has been a great year. Aside from my hesitancy, I think that opening up has been so good for me.

  21. littlemutantgirl
    January 7, 2012 | 10:04 am

    Happy Blogiversary! I know I'm a little late, but the sentiment is the same, eh? I hope that by the time next year rolls round you have even more to celebrate. 🙂

  22. littlemutantgirl
    January 7, 2012 | 10:04 am

    Happy Blogiversary! I know I'm a little late, but the sentiment is the same, eh? I hope that by the time next year rolls round you have even more to celebrate. 🙂

  23. Leighann
    January 7, 2012 | 11:42 am

    congratulations! 2 years!! WOW! You are such a supportive blogger and always a joy!

  24. Leighann
    January 7, 2012 | 11:42 am

    congratulations! 2 years!! WOW! You are such a supportive blogger and always a joy!

  25. Miss Marina Star
    January 8, 2012 | 8:21 am

    Thank you Leighann. It's pretty easy to be supportive when you have these amazing women to support! I really appreciate you coming by.

  26. Miss Marina Star
    January 8, 2012 | 8:21 am

    Thank you Leighann. It's pretty easy to be supportive when you have these amazing women to support! I really appreciate you coming by.

  27. Miss Marina Star
    January 8, 2012 | 8:22 am

    Thank so much! Me too, every year seems to get better and better.

  28. Miss Marina Star
    January 8, 2012 | 8:22 am

    Thank so much! Me too, every year seems to get better and better.

  29. Jessica
    January 8, 2012 | 6:00 pm

    Way to go on 2 years. I'm glad you decided to open up online. It really does make a difference. 

  30. Jessica
    January 8, 2012 | 6:00 pm

    Way to go on 2 years. I'm glad you decided to open up online. It really does make a difference. 

  31. Miss Marina Star
    January 9, 2012 | 9:33 am

    Thank you! Opening up is so much easier with people like you stopping by.

  32. Miss Marina Star
    January 9, 2012 | 9:33 am

    Thank you! Opening up is so much easier with people like you stopping by.

  33. funnyorsnot
    January 11, 2012 | 9:40 pm

    I'm glad to have found your space.  I am going to go back and click a couple of those links 🙂

  34. funnyorsnot
    January 11, 2012 | 9:40 pm

    I'm glad to have found your space.  I am going to go back and click a couple of those links 🙂

  35. Miss Marina Star
    January 11, 2012 | 9:49 pm

    You are so sweet to spend time with me here. I am LOVING your space and am cheering you on in your #Runstreak!

  36. Miss Marina Star
    January 11, 2012 | 9:49 pm

    You are so sweet to spend time with me here. I am LOVING your space and am cheering you on in your #Runstreak!