July 2014

11:38 EDT (-04:00 GMT)

Ten years is a long time to do anything. Imagine my surprise when I realized I hit the decadal mark on this blog? True, it hasn't been 10 years on this specific site, but overall, I've been hacking away at this blogging thing for 10 years now. That means kids born when I began are in grade 5. People who got married when I began are exchanging tin or aluminum gifts (kind of chintzy material if you ask me).

At first, it made me a bit depressed to think 10 years had slipped by at such a rapid clip. Where have those years gone, and what do I have to show for it? It just so happens I have 10 years of blog entries to show what I did in the past 10 years.

During that time, I started working at this fine federal agency where I spend the majority of my time. I've moved around a bit and gotten some raises and increasing responsibility along the way. I still may not be exactly where I want to be career-wise, but I've gotten to do some amazing things, and (I think) gained the respect of my coworkers.

I also met a beautiful woman who accepted what I thought was a rather romantic marriage proposal. We might get on each other's nerves from time to time, but I like to think we're happy and doing just fine.

We produced two healthy, brilliant, and beautiful girls who make our lives better and more complete. Did we want children? Who knows? But the simple fact is I can't imagine life without them, nor do I want to.

On a more material side, I bought my first car (a Honda, which I still love) and a house. The former is still running quite well and has been very good to us. The latter is a challenge that has taken all of our strength (and money), but it has been an exciting adventure to say the least. We don't know if we'll live in this house until the mortgage is paid off, but we do know we all enjoy having a little piece of the American dream we can call our own.

The blog, too, has evolved over the years. What began as a venue to rant about the unfairness of life is now morphing into a chronicle of my life and an outlet for some modicum of creativity. At some point I was up to 3 blogs and 2 photoblogs, but that was just too hard, so I have consolidated back to 1. This consolidation necessitated reviewing every entry and making some choices about what to keep and what to ditch (well, not really ditch...just hide from public view). I think the current version--the one you're reading now--is the right one going forward (until things change again). I may not write regularly or on a single topic, nor do the virtual masses appear to be reading my ramblings, but I still enjoy writing and posting.

I have learned a ton about WordPress and Drupal along the way. I am no Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, and the techies can run circles around my piddly attempts to use css, but I still consider myself an autodidact when it comes to building websites.

Ultimately, it's been a fun 10 years, and I look forward to reviewing the blog again in another 10 years. I have no idea what's in store or what I'll decide to post, but I guess that's what makes it so exciting. Who doesn't want to stay up late reading to find out how it ends? So I invite you to embark with me upon the next chapter in my blog. If I may end with a literary reference, I'd like to quote Albus Dumbledore:

"And now … let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure."