I started an email newsletter I sent out weekly called the Ford Crier in the mid 90's, shortly after Monika was born. It's irregularity turned into a yearly Christmas letter for my family and friends. By 1999 I started posting a monthly web-page that was very blog-like. Those old HTML pages I was able to archive in this blog site. I started blogging "for real" on Monday, April 18, 2005 for a few friends, but mostly my mom. I used Angelfire, where my homepage and website are still hosted, but is fairly out of date. My old Angelfire blog is now deleted but those posts are all transferred to this one.
In May 2007 a company from the UK asked me to blog for them and that is how I found typepad. To get to that blog sight you needed a password, so I was very open about the stuff I shared there. I wrote entries from May through August for GFK but the site has since be removed before I was able to copy all of the entries (everything from June and July '07 is gone). The posts that were transferred over to this site were edited in order to post them to the public.
I love blogging. Honestly, I'm still blogging primarily for my mother although I know a few friends and past students read my blog regularly. I find the blogging process creative; it is like painting or taking pictures. I am trying to make an impression with my words, working diligently to concise. I'm learning how to write, understanding that what isn’t said is as important as what is said. My hope is to write a book, but in the meantime I'm blogging. Words are so much like other visual media, you can make them look and feel pretty or you can just toss it across a page like vomit and it's still kind of interesting (sometimes).