Our very first blog post was on April 4, 2011. The first post was actually dated March 26 because, well, we were still trying to get use to how this particular platform worked.
Matty formatted that first post and got it all ready for the big launch day, which was to be April 4th. So we worked on the post together and he then formatted it and got everything ready on March 26. So on Launch Day he went in and clicked "PUBLISH" and we watched the screen blossom with our new blog!
And then... we saw the date at the top. Saturday, March 26, 2011.
We had no clue that you could write a post whenever you wanted and then "Schedule" it to go up for a later date. We wanted the first post to go up on April 4, so on April 4 we just clicked "Publish Post" and assumed that date would appear. Oops.
But I guess the important thing is we got things started nonetheless. Our first post title was, "Here we are & here we go!" And it's so cool to see some of you who commented on that first day are still part of our blog family!
It's also been so exciting to see many more of you join us at various points along the way. And every now and then someone will come out of lurking to say hello. You guys have really helped make our blog something we're pretty proud of. So Thank You for participating!!
The other really important thing we want to say is this. Whether you realize it or not, YOU have helped both of us, and this includes Sam, not only feel cared for when we've gone through some hard times, but have actually helped us grow into more mature adults.
I had initially typed "...helped us hopefully grow..." but I decided to take that "hopefully" out because I think I can say with certainty that we both have grown personally because of comments you've made and perspectives you've shared that have helped us see ourselves in a more positive and realistic light.
I guess that's a long way to say, "Thank you for helping us discover and embrace our better selves." And we both hope you never for a second underestimate the power and influence your comments have made on us.
I remember Matty panicking inside when he first started posting very openly and directly about the attack he survived when he was in high school. He said he felt so exposed and his anxiety spiked when he shared what had happened and even came very close to deleting some of those early posts after they had been up for just an hour.
And now? Here he is with all his courage and strong determination to confront the impact that attack had on him. He told me each time he wrote about that trauma and saw how proud all of you were that he was taking care of himself by beginning therapy, he felt more determined to stick with his counseling. And it meant so much to him (and me) when some people started writing him to say Thank You for helping them think about getting help for themselves.
And I KNOW with absolute certainty that all of you have helped me see myself as brave and courageous in approaching my dad to see if we could heal our estranged relationship. And look where things are now! I can't say Thank you enough for believing in me and being interested and wanting to know how things were going.
It's kind of interesting to glance at the blog stats periodically. As we begin our fifth year, we're on the way to having a million "page-views all time history." The actual number is 927,246 as of today. And after 932 posts, there have been 20,898 "published comments." You guys are a chatty group! Which is GREAT!
So as we begin our fifth year, we raise our glass in good cheer to all of you. Thank you for enriching our lives! You mean a lot to us!