On five years

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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My blog celebrated its fifth birthday this past New Year's Day. Which got me to think, when was the last time you did anything for over five years?

If you're reading this you've probably been living for over five years. Perhaps you've been married for over five years, have been a parent for over five years or have been at your current job for over five years.

I personally haven't done many things for longer than five years except for writing this blog, Cleveland's a Plum.

I have many friendships that have lasted over five years, but never a boyfriend for over five years. I have great work experience, but even my last agency position stopped just short of five years.

Long story short, for the last five plus years I have been committed to this blog.

In sickness and in health, good times and bad.

In annoyance of content creation and the ever appeal of "free" stuff.

I put quotations around the word "free" because nothing is ever truly free. Yes, perhaps I've had some perks from the plum, but I've also spent hours upon hours of my free time writing blog posts - you'd think they'd be better, huh?

I'd probably have a cleaner house if I didn't have a blog, I'd probably be more in shape if I didn't have a blog, I'd probably not have my eye always irritated from starring at a computer screen for 75% of my day.

But I'd also not have the network of support from fellow bloggers near and far, nor the gratification of looking through and reflecting on what's essentially my online diary. Want to know what I was doing in December of 2009? Check out the sidebar, it's all there is scary detail - 1,032 posts to be exact.

I've changed so much in the last five years, but so has this blog with me, and I'm proud of sticking with it.

Ever evolving. No regrets.

Happy Wednesday, kids.
 

26 comments:

  1. Congrats on the five year mark. It is quite the achievement - and the commitment!

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  2. Happy 5! I'm so glad you blog - otherwise we probably never would have met!! :)

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  3. Sounds like a serious commitment. Congrats :)

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  4. Happy 5! Always good to be able to see the good things something like this brings to your life. Here's to the next 5 :-)

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  5. Way to go, Alexa! Are you sure you weren't at Mulberry for 5 years???!!!

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  6. yay for your milestone - glad you've stuck it out! hope you have many more! :-)

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  7. Congratulations! 5 years is definitely a milestone. I believe it's the wood anniversary? Buy yourself a tree!

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  8. I remember the day you told me you were going to start a blog...can't believe it has been 5 years! Congrats to you. FYI we will be friends 15 years this year....

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  9. To make you feel better, I don't imagine you'd increase your number of workouts or spend less time in front of your computer/phone if you didn't have this blog ... rather, that time would be sucked into other things without you even realizing it. I love that you've stayed in this space for five years and also kind of love that I've been reading it for practically that long! Congrats!

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  10. how fun & exciting & fun again! congrats on the milestone!

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  11. You've been legal to drink alcohol for more than 5 years!!
    ; ) congratulations on 5 years of the plum!!! XO

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  12. Happy blogoversery! Congrats on 5 years and cheers to more!

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  13. the big 5!! the plum is one of the first blogs i ever became a fan of and have followed it religiously since. and love that in the past year we have had the chance to meet IRL and become friends. congrats alexa!

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  14. hurray for five years! and five wonderful years it has been in the blogosphere, hurrah!

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  16. 5 years is a long time! I have been blogging 8, was with my ex husband 7, my last job 7, and my current job 6...other than that...I can't say there's much I did longer than 5 years other than like animals more than people! Congrat's on your accomplishment!!

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  17. Beyond impressed! Happy anniversary. I just realized you started blogging about 6 months before Chad & I started dating! Woah!

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