One Year Later: Refreshing and Reflecting

As it turns out, one year later I have 86,000+ hits — and none of them are the result of me hitting refresh over and over again (except in the rare event that the site was down).

Today is the one year blogiversary for MonikaBlogwell.com. This thing is still just a baby, but amazingly enough, I’ve kept up with my little pet project. A year later, I’m still learning from my blogwell and still getting a few kicks out of it along the way.

A year later, my own life has taken on a new shape as well. I continue to learn and grow each day, figuring out that I’m a happier person when I take simple steps each day. Steps like remembering to moisturize. Steps like cleaning the kitchen. Steps like telling my parents how much I love them.

I’m still just as crazy as ever and still just as flawed. I set off smoke alarms when I cook, I fret about whether or not I left my hair straightener unplugged, I complain about my thighs. But it’s learning to laugh at my own imperfections and finding ways to accept them them that makes me stronger.

This blog has been such an incredible outlet for me, and it means the world to me that my friends (and even some people I’ve never met before) visit it.

Each day, things happen in our lives and the lives of others that we wish we could change. Sometimes I feel bad about not bringing to light the things that are really on my mind here, but I try not to burden you. I hope this space can serve as a respite from reality from time to time. You can read about Patrick’s brown pants. when the truth is we’re all thinking about the latest deadly disaster or political scandal. Thank you for letting me use this space to try to inject a little more positivity into the world. You keep me honest. You keep me searching for new recipes. You keep me from sitting at my computer hitting the refresh button.

Talkin’ Bout A Revolution

Change is never easy, but sometimes it’s a beautiful thing. I’m trying to mix it up a little bit. I’ve wanted a more custom look to this blog for a while, but I finally sat down tonight to play with the look and feel of the site. Honestly, I’m not sure what to make of it. Your feedback would be appreciated. Like a girl before a date, I’m trying on several different outfits until I find the perfect love-me-forever look.

For those of you “regulars” out there who visit my site often enough to know what it looked like before, you’ll recognize the difference immediately. And for anyone new, here are the before and after shots. It’s like Weight Watchers for blogs. (Although, I admit the “after” shot is kind of pointless because you’re already here…)

Before and After

There’s also been talk about change in another arena that hits close to home for me. Last week, Vanderbilt Student Communications announced it is considering selling the license to the radio station about which you’ve heard me speak so fondly in the past. The decision would mean that WRVU would be an online-only radio station. My friends and former DJs are up in arms about the possibility, as am I.

Free the Cricket was one of the most important aspects of my college career. And WRVU is how I met my most of my closet friends in college, including Patrick. This is one change I cannot stand behind. If you want to support our station, please join the Save WRVU Facebook page. Or, if you’re feeling extra riled up about it, you can write letters to the VSC. Here’s some additional information about what the move would mean for WRVU 91.1FM. Thanks for your support!

❤ M