500 posts. Still blogging.

As this summer winds down, I am marking the fifth anniversary of starting my blog.

Not only that: this is my five hundredth post.

I started blogging in July 2007, after finishing the New York run of my show Mother Load. The press agent said I should start a blog so if people went to the show’s website, there’d be something to keep them there. And so my sister taught me how to use Blogspot, and I hung out a shingle:

Pregnancy is so long that any time you feel like you’ve gotten somewhere, you just have to look at it from the “time remaining” vantage point to realize that you still have oceans of time before you. 13 weeks? That’s enough time to write a freaking novel or train for a marathon. And I have already been at this since JANUARY.

Nobody commented on that first post. Nobody commented for the first couple of months. I’m not sure anyone was reading. It took me a bit to realize I was supposed to be part of a community, reading and commenting on others’ blogs, linking back and forth, finding a community one reader at a time.

That pregnancy, almost certainly my last, is now far behind me (that occupant of my belly, who just interrupted this blog post to tell me my “favorite show” was on, will start pre-K in two weeks). Five years and five hundred posts later, I still wonder who’s reading, and I’m still shocked and delighted that anyone does. I post here once a week when it should be daily. I should have a vlog and a podcast. This blog could be bigger and better. I resolve to make it a priority. And then I don’t.

Still, when I look back, I can’t believe what this blog has given me: a writing career. Being part of Listen To Your Mother. Advice and encouragement from strangers, many times over. And friends– smart, funny, insightful women with tons to say and whose own online writing has made me laugh, and cry, and feel so much less alone. (See “blog roll” at the bottom.)

I’m not always so good at this blogging thing. Sometimes blogging is just another arena in which to feel bad about oneself, feel shamed at one’s lowly monthly pageviews and soaring bounce rate. Like motherhood, there is always a way to be blogging a little bit better, and always someone there to tell you how they’re scaling those heights of achievement. That can make me feel motivated; it can also make me feel discouraged.

But for today, I’ll choose to feel proud. 5 years, 500 posts, and if I’ve made a few people laugh, or nod, or just feel better, then I am extraordinarily lucky. As my blogging friend Kyran Pittman has pointed out, having a blog means your writing has an immediate audience, and whether we have millions of readers or dozens, how very lucky we are: we are saying something, and we are being heard.

Thanks for being on this journey with me.

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Denise B August 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I *never* comment on blogs. Nor do I even really read any for that matter. Except yours. Regularly. You always make me laugh, nod, or just feel better. Motherhood can feel so isolating sometimes and the demand to do it perfectly is more than us mere mortals can handle. You are a hero to mothers everywhere. Thank you.

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dusty earth mother August 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Congratulations, Amy! 500. Holy cow. I’ve only been around for the last 100 or so, but it’s been a lovely ride. I so enjoy your sense of humor. Here’s to 500 more!

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Linda Westover Senula August 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Amy, you are a wonderful source of topics I think most parents think about. You always make me laugh. Your writing is so smart and enjoyable! I would have posted to your first blog, but did not know it existed at that time! Here’s to many many more! And you should feel very proud of yourself, way to go 500 posts!

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NW Mama August 27, 2012 at 9:30 pm

This stay-at-home mama out in Portland, Ore. also thanks you for the humor you bring to my days (usually during a nursing session – ha!) I’ve never commented on your blog, but felt compelled to this time, simply to let you know that you are most definitely making more than a few people feel better and laugh out loud. You cover a wonderful variety of topics, and your sense of humor makes it all so hilarious, it’s hard not to smile even if it’s been a less-than-stellar day! Thanks.

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Stephanie Precourt August 27, 2012 at 10:41 pm

So glad you are here.

Steph

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SquashedMom (Varda) August 28, 2012 at 12:34 am

Happy 5-year-500-post Bloggaversary, my friend and partner in LTYM-crime!

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Kathy at kissing the frog August 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Congratulations on your five years! It was your book that brought me to your blog. I thought it looked cute at Target, so I bought it, and I couldn’t put it down. Since then, I’ve recommended it to friends who have loved it, too. Glad you are still writing. Here’s to five more years!

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alexandra August 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

You are a wonderful, kind, warm person, Amy.

When I see you, I wonder, how does she stay so down to earth with the obvious writing talent she has?

how do you do it? I think you are one of those rare, level headed people, that believes in sending love and acceptance everywhere you are, with everyone you’re with.

It’s always a pleasure to be in your company.

You are such a combination of openness and depth.

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Katie August 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Congratulations on 500 and 5 yrs!! So glad to have found your blog – and your book – several years ago. It is the only one I follow regularly. Love it and always look forward to seeing the next post!

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Kate August 28, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Congratulations, and thanks for writing Amy : ) Your words bring smiles, laughs, and a sigh of relief to so many of us that often feel exactly the same way.

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amywlsn August 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Thanks so much, all of you. I especially love hearing from the “lurkers,” now I know you’re there! For you I’ll go another 500 posts, easy.

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Amy Long August 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I love your blog, Amy. You are a gifted writer with great insight. Thanks for continuing on!

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Barbara McD. September 4, 2012 at 4:05 am

My children are now 16 and 19 but I read your book and I follow your blog because I love the way you write – with insight and humor. Congrats!

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Sarah @ Powers of Mine September 5, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Congrats, Amy. I’m so glad you’re doing what you’re doing. It matters. 🙂

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Holly Rosen Fink September 8, 2012 at 12:29 am

You should be proud. And because of blogging I met you and get to work with you on some of the most amazing stage productions evah. Please keep writing, I learn so much from it.

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