Whenever I utter or hear the words above, I immediately think about Return of the Jedi. Because of course I do. I’m Lauren! Nerd extraordinaire.
So in the words of C3P0, “Here we go again.” Another season, another blog. This will be the 6th? blog I’ve started in 15 years. Over the past 15 years I have had pretty much every blogging platform you can have. I started with a Geocities webpage that I coded myself (looooooong before it was called “blogging”) and over the years worked my way through Xanga, Livejournal, Blogger (several), and this is now my second WordPress blog.
Believe me when I tell you that I was SUPER hesitant to start ANOTHER blog. I don’t have a great track record with keeping up with my blogs. The two that I kept up the longest were my Livejournal and my original Blogger blog. Each one in between and after those have been left out to dry in internet oblivion.
Why on earth start another blog (or rather, continue one that was started when Clara was 18 months old!) when I have a terrible track record? I don’t have anything to say. I’m not a fantastic writer. I don’t have a specific direction I want my blog to take (am I a mommy blogger? Lifestyle blogger? Nerdy-Baking-Jesus-loving blogger? who knows…). Basically there is every reason in the world to NOT start yet another blog. I could talk myself out of it pretty easily.
So I have had a blog off and on for more than 10 years now. My first blog started my freshman year of college (2002!) and was a Geocities website that I had (badly) coded myself. This was before there were any dedicated websites for blogging. It was an online angst-fest diary that NOBODY read. Seriously, nobody. Sometimes I wrote poems about a guy I liked that didn’t like me back… Seriously 19 year-old Lauren?
I moved from my geocities website to a livejournal account. It still exists today. No I will not share it with you. 😉
And from livejournal to a Blogger account. And then another Blogger account. The most I ever did on the second Blogger account (nightlightslauren.blogspot.com) was pregnancy updates when I was pregnant with my daughter (who is now 16 months old). Have I written since she was born? Nope. Did I start a birth story and never finish? Yup.
So what is different this time around? Why am I starting a 5th blog?
Well, things in my life are different now. I recently became a stay-at-home mom after 8 years of working as a minister and now have more time to actually dedicate to writing (which I love). I also LOVE to read blogs. I follow quite a few and would love to have something to add. And finally, I want to remember what’s going on during the life of my family.
I have MANY interests. You’re not going to find any one thing that I will write about. Things I’m currently into: activities to do with my 16 month old, making my own cleaning products, reading young adult fiction (don’t judge), the Bible and theology, BodyPump, feminism and faith, feeding my family food that is clean and nutritious, baking yummy treats, dabbling in essential oils (I am NOT a MLM distributor I just have a lot of random essential oils from my soap-making days), teaching my toddler, gardening, make up videos on YouTube, as well as a TON more equally random things. Welcome!