I’ve always admired people who blog. They put their lives out for all to see. Their every word made public, subject to both praise and criticism, and the Internet is full of examples of both to the extreme. But despite this admiration, I never thought I would try it myself. Who would want to read what I have to say? What insight could I possibly be adding that doesn’t already exist on some other site that is fancier, more popular, and wildly more intelligent than mine?
Even though blogging for my own enjoyment is reason enough, I thought about how I use the Internet and read other blogs, and discovered a new reason to add my voice to the already saturated internet. No matter how many blogs I read, or definitive lists on baby registries or ultimate vacation destinations I tried to wade through, Google was always lacking that one person whose experiences matched mine. Why not add one more story to the mix? If anything I write can help just one other person, that’s good enough for me.
So, a blog is happening. But what am I going to write about? How do I pick a topic to offer up as support for a stranger in front of a screen half a world away? It’s a running joke that I haven’t decided what to be when I grow up. And another that Rich and I are into everything. Skydiving, beekeeping, scuba diving, DIY candy making, gardening… you name it, we’ve tried it, or it’s on our to do list! If that’s not enough to keep us busy, in October of 2015 we welcomed our amazing twins. My favorite comment about our bundles of joy: “Of course Julie and Rich are having twins – they do everything in bulk!” In the spirit of doing everything in bulk, and because everyone who has ever met me knows that it’s hard to get me to stop talking, I’ve decided that my blog will cover it all. We do it all, we try it all, we’re constantly busy with some crazy new project, and I want to share it all with the world. Maybe someone will find something useful in all of this mess, but at the very least it will be a window into our so Call life.