Six years ago today I decided to start blogging. I am not really sure what my inspiration was but I found that I liked having a place on the internet. When I started out this blog was called Paula's Place. Along the way I changed it to Smidgens, Snippets, & Bits and here we are today. 1208 published posts later. Isn't that crazy??
When I first started blogging it was just Richard and me here at home. I was working at the nursing home in the little town up the road about 10 miles, on the 2-10 p.m. shift. Richard was still in good health and was also still working part-time for our local newspaper. It was in December of this very year, 2006, that Darian and Harley came to live with us. I didn't yet think it would be permanent and I didn't really blog much about that part of our lives.
In fact most of my blogging was pretty superficial. I did The Sunday Stealing Meme (where I met my two oldest blogging friends, Lisa G. and Kwizgiver), The Simple Woman's Daybook, reviewed books that I had finished and wrote my first blog posts about my baby daughter, Elaine, and my best friend Nanne.
It wasn't until late 2011 that my blog changed into what it is today. When Richard had a stroke and I quit my job to become a full-time caregiver. That is when both my life and my blog changed forever. I wrote about life as a caregiver and what we were going through from September, 2011 until his death in July, 2014. Lots of love, anger, fear, tears, and sharing since then.
So today as I celebrate my 6th anniversary of blogging I am not sure where this blog will go. I am sure that I will keep writing. Keep sharing. Keep on 'keeping it real'.And I hope that all of my 'old' and 'new' friends will keep visiting, keep leaving comments, and keep sharing with me.