a bloggy birth story

Let’s go back five years ago…

(This is where you imagine Wayne and Garth doing that dooodleee doo dooodleee doo thing they do at the end of Wayne’s World for the alternate endings.  But this isn’t alternate. and it’s not the ending…we are going back to the beginning…)

It was 2007.

I didn’t have a laptop; instead I had a desk top shoved in our spare room.

I read emails and dorked around on ancestory.com and played endless games of SimCity.

I didn’t have any kids.  I didn’t have a grad class at the time. And I didn’t want to think about school starting in the fall because it was June.

And then I read a blog.

Only, I didn’t know that is what it was called.  I thought it was my friend, Trisha’s, family “website”.

She told me it was called a blog and that it was free on blogger.com.

And so, on July 7, 2007 just after noon on a Saturday afternoon, Sluiter Nation was born.

It was an uneventful first post.  Not worth linking to.  If you’re interested in my shoddy newborn blog writing, you can use that little pull down menu at the bottom of the right sidebar.  Looking back, some of it shows glimpses into what my writing will become.

I stumbled through my first three or so years with my five loyal readers (hi mom, Trisha, Cort, Missy, and Tammi!) and my sporadic posting.

The only blogs I read back then were Trisha’s (which she quit) and MckMama (which I don’t read regularly anymore).

I never read the comments on MckMama’s posts; I just knew there were tons. As in hundreds.  I didn’t realized that the people who commented were largely bloggers too.  I just read and moved on with my day.

Then I found a few blogs of people I knew and read them too.

One happened to know what she was doing.

Then I gave in and deleted my never-used MySpace account and got a Facebook account.

This is also around the time I joined twitter.

Again, I followed about 5 “real” people and 12 celebrities.

(It’s hard to believe that at present when I contact a large site about writing opportunities, the first reaction is:Oh!  I recognize you from twitter!I have no idea whether I should be flattered or horrified.  Probably a little of both.)

Once I found a friend who knew a bit about this social media thing, she started taking me around like the new kid.

She showed me where the support was for my postpartum depression and anxiety.

She showed me the funny, amazing, and lovely voices that are out there.

She opened a door for me that I had no idea was there!

So Sluiter Nation turns five tomorrow.

::looks around::

I don’t FEEL five.

I still feel like such a newb.  There is so much I am naive about.  So much I still have to learn.

I’ve tried lots of stuff over the past few years to see what fit here in this space.

I’ve moved the furniture around, had guests, taken Sluiter Nation on the road to other places, met people in REAL life.

I’ve tried stuff on here that totally didn’t fit, made and lost friends along the way.

Mentored and was mentored.

Won and lost.

But most of all, I wrote.

I wrote through it all.

The heartache, the joy, the tragedy, and the celebration.

I hope whatever is here when I can no longer write in this space will tell my story.  Will preserve for my loved ones my  perspective of this life I am living with them…for them.

I hope I write in this space forever.


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About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Happy blogoversary!!! i’m about 8 months old now..give or take and you give me hope that i can make it to blogger ‘big school”

  2. Blogging is fun! Happy blogoversary! This is a dumb comment!

  3. Happy 5th Blog Birthday!

    Keep writing. I hope you write in this space forever too. Because some of us will read. Forever. (or as long as I have a laptop that works)

  4. Happy Birthday! I am so glad to be reading & learning from you. Thanks or sharing your journey.

  5. I LOVE the Wayne’s World reference. I always think that too.

    Your writing has always been inspiring to me. I love your stories and hope you blog forever as well.

    Happy Blogaversary!

  6. Dear god, I have a true moment of horror whenever someone says that they know me from Twitter. “Wait, you know me from my dick joke escapades?!” and I want to hide.

    I can honestly say that I seldom read comments, even on the blogs that I love . . . I always feel like they’re one-on-one conversations between the blogger & the commenter at a cocktail party, hardly private, but not fully shouted aloud, either. And, I know I miss a lot of the “good stuff” by not reading them, but I’m happy in my oblivion.

  7. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY to one of my very favorite people on these here Internets and one of the VERY few reasons I haven’t deleted my Twitter account.


  8. I do think I remember when you joined twitter. I was all “welcome to the dark side.”

    Anyway, happy birthday, Sluiter Nation.

  9. Congratulations! As a new blogger, I can’t imagine writing for that many years, but I hope to last as long. I’m glad I connected with you through Twitter and look forward to reading more.

  10. I hope that you write in this space forever too.
    I’m so honoured to be able to read a piece of your heart every time you write.
    Happy Anniversary

  11. Happy, happy Blogoversary. As I said before, I am amazed by the fact that many of you have been at it for years… I haven’t made it to 1, yet. But because of people like you, learned so much already.

  12. I love knowing the back story of your blog.

    When I first started blogging, I thought I was being ‘naughty’ reading other people’s blogs or websites and I was so in awe of people who had a ‘website’. I just didn’t understand how someone could do that.

    Oh how far we have come.

  13. Happy 5th Blog Birthday!

    I hope you keep writing forever too. Your words are encouraging, inspiring, and hopeful to others.

  14. Happy 5! I’m only just over 2, but I never acknowledge it, I don’t need people going to back and seeing my craptastic, what am I writing about? writing….

  15. Happy Five Years! 🙂 It’s so fun to “know” the person behind the blog–makes reading their stuff that much more fun and interesting. Good work!

  16. I hope you write here forever too!

  17. Happy Anniversary! How fun. I started blogging when I was 16, on a blog that will never be linked to ever. I wonder how I would calculate a bloggiversary. Would it be when I started blogging or when I started my current blog?! Now you’ve got me thinking!

    Hope you do something fun to celebrate five years blogging!

  18. I love your bloggy birth story and I too hope you keep writing in the space forever. 🙂 Happy 5 years!!