What’s Past is Prologue

With it being National Blog Post Month (NaBloPoMo), I’ve been thinking a lot about this space. I realize it’s only Day 2 of the month, so Ok, I’ve been thinking about it for awhile, but this is as good of a time as any to actually write about it.

I keep seeing all these links to posts and articles about blogging being “dead”.

This makes me laugh. For one, many of my readers had no idea blogging was “alive” in the first place. Those of you who have stuck around are not really “blog readers” as much as you read MY blog. So ya know, that is cool.

Another reason it gives me a chuckle is because when I started this space over eight years ago, I didn’t even know blogging was a “thing” at all. I just wrote silly, boring updates about our life. Then one day (probably for Wordless Wednesday or something), I posted a picture of a tiny Eddie in a onsie standing with his little hands our on our large front window. I had two comments on it: one from a friend who always commented and one from someone I didn’t know!

That started the whole “blogging is a thing” for me. I realized that there were thousands and thousands of blogs out there on the internet. There were communities for blogging in all areas of social media (who remembers Blog Frog? Anyone? Is it still a thing?). I joined networks and did blog hops and even co-hosted some of these sites for linking up writing. My stats were at an all-time high about four years ago.

If I look at my stats now, I guess I would have to agree that “blogging is dead,” but to be honest, I didn’t really ever do this for the stats.

The reason I started this blog–and continue to post here–is because I want a written record of my stories. Of our life as a family. It started as a way to keep friends and family updated, but it morphed into something even more meaningful once we had kids.

One time my mom and I were looking through my baby book and some things she had saved. In the pile we found some paper with some “memories” jotted down from when I was tiny. She had written some funny things I said (how I said “k-pop pop” for “ketchup”) and did (one time my dad was home alone with me and I threw up on the bathroom floor). She said something about wishing she had written down more because it’s just too hard to remember it all–even when you think you will never forget some of the stuff.

I realized the memories–both small and large–that I put here will help me and my kids know what our life was like right now.

I also have never gone back and deleted a post. There are some that could go because they don’t further my “mission” of writing for my kids–like giveaways. But it is what it is, right? Shakespeare used the phrase “what’s past is prologue” in his play The Tempest meaning that everything in the past is a preface for the present and the future.

That is how I feel about my writing here.

I may do side things or try new writing stuff, but as far as I plan, Sluiter Nation will always be here as my place to write about me, my life, and my kids. On my “About” page, I call this blog a legacy blog because writing my words and my stories–our stories–is a way to leave something for my children.

This is my place to tell stories to remember their little selves, to give my thoughts on everything from potty training to gay marriage to my own {at times shaky} faith.  My hope is that this blog will be here, in some form, long after I am gone.

The hype and trendiness of blogging may have come and gone, but it really doesn’t matter to me. My words will still be here.

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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.

Comments

  1. great post. I think you might know that I don’t think blogging will ever die. Also, I totally plan on writing about the same topic sometime this month too. 🙂 it is actually on my nablopomo list I created. Blogs are great for memory keeping.
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  2. Bella Dominick says

    I’m so glad you plan to continue Blogging. I very seldom leave notes but I’m a reader who would miss you and your family. I like to “pretend” you’re a distant cousin!

  3. Memory keeping. That’s what it’s all about. I barely write these days but my pictures are always accompanied by a few words. Things I want to remember.
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  4. I think about the whole blogging being dead statement all the time. For me, for us, those who started with no specific goal in mind? It’ll continue because our initial purpose is still intact, even if it’s evolved. Those for whom it’s died, I think something irreversible happened in regard to their original why.
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  5. I don’t regret quitting my blog. I also wanted it to be a legacy blog, but I found that I had no stories to tell about the kids. Isn’t that weird? It’s just life, and it’s lived. But I can’t do what you do so well, capture the essence of each child in your monthly letters to Alice, the birthday posts, the stuff you go through with Eddie, Charlie. I seem to have lost the ability to capture them in words. The pressure (I put on myself) to write gave me writing constipation. So I use my camera and I hope that’s just as good.

    I’m glad you’re here to stay.
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  6. Yup. Your words are here and they matter to those of us who are interested in what you have to share. (like me) 🙂
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  7. That first comment from someone I didn’t know – and first blogger follower I didn’t know – had me al kinds of suspicious. Like I had stalkers or something. But in reality, I also didn’t know that people read blogs of people they didn’t know.

  8. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love writing and reading blogs. Everyone has something they love. I’m still thrilled with the unexpected bonus of blogging – the friendships and connections that I never would have made if I hadn’t done this.
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