Dear Crissy

I am a blogger

In 1996, at age sixteen, my parents purchased our first home computer. We actually used a Commodore 64 in years prior, however, our ’96 Packard Bell brought with it my first experience with the internet. I was hooked, immediately, and by the middle of that year, I was publishing content online in the form of a web diary. For those of you who are internet dinosaurs, think Angelfire.

Oldschool Blogging

Keeping an online journal in those days entailed coding each page by hand and manually creating navigation links to the previous and next posts. It was time consuming, and hardly sophisticated, but I operated within a very small community of like-minded young women, all blogging (we didn’t have the term, yet) in a really raw and minimal way. It was new and amazing.

I am a blogger

By 1999, I had registered my first domain, episodic.com, where agai I wrote about my life, posted my terrible angst-filled poetry and shared photos with my readers. Within one year, I had sold my first personal domain name to Electronic Arts for $8,000. They wanted the domain for an alternate reality game they were developing called Majestic. The concept fizzled, and I found episodic.com on the auction block when they allowed it to expire. I purchased the domain again, for $8 (I kid you not) from GoDaddy, and just few couple years ago sold it once again, this time for $5,000, to a company now owned by Google. Crazy, fluke-awesome first domain name choice, right?

Changes

Through the years I’ve done a lot of different things online. I have blogged, obviously. I used to record audio diaries and upload the files to my website for readers to download (long before I ever heard the word podcast). I’ve vlogged, and even ran a web cam in my dorm room. It really must have been the most excruciatingly boring three frames per minute viewed online — ever. I also sold my photography and mixed media artwork on eBay with fair success for a couple years.

But, it always circled back to blogging. Blogging, blogging, blogging. Some strange urge not only to write, but write for an audience.

In 2005, I registered dearcrissy.com. It was long before I dreamed of becoming a mother, and really, Dear Crissy was just another of my many web endeavors. There were periods through the years when I was active here, and times when the blog was offline. The ups and downs really track perfectly with the ups and downs in my life.

Dear Crissy

vintage dearcrissy.com, circa 2007

So, while I have been at this for a very long time, it wasn’t until 2009 that I became conscious of a community of “mom bloggers.” I mean, OK, I knew about Dooce, but beyond that? I was oblivious.

A New Perspective

So, I decided to revive Dear Crissy in 2009. I was unhappy in my career and I wanted not only a place to create, and write (and use my college degree, finally), but also to perhaps make a supplemental income for our family. I was thoroughly inspired by some of the mom bloggers I saw when I looked around, and wow, was I motivated!

As I think back on period, and the things I have learned while trying to wiggle my way into the mom blogosphere, I am somewhat emotional. You did NOT think that you were going to make it through a Dear Crissy post, without reading the E word, did you? Yes, I am emotional, because I feel like I have finally, finally, finally found my thing. I have been fortunate enough to turn something I absolutely adore into a legit career, and I know that I am on the right path now, because for the first time, it just feels right.

From this day forward, when someone asks me what I do for a living? I am going to tell them that I am a blogger.

After I confidently declare that I am a blogger? Well, I guess I’ll be prepared to deal with the inevitable question.

“You’re a what?

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  1. Devin — March 18, 2011 @ 2:51 am (#)

    As someone who remembers you from the webcam days, saw the evolution of your photos, and the birth of your child as well as evolution of your web formats, I must say, you’ve always been an inspiration. A motivation to ME to want the same things with my own love of blogging. I’ve been out of the web for awhile, tough personal times have kept me laggy on my web pursuits. But I have always looked up to your work and it inspires me still. GOOD JOB AT BEING AWESOME, BASICALLY, Crissy. Way to make the rest of us slackers look bad :P

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    • Crissy — March 18th, 2011 @ 2:56 am

      Devin! You rock. You know, I am sure I have told you this a million times before, but you should really be doing audio or video on your blog. You are charming, witty, and FUNNY, and you should be seen and heard. I envy those talents!

  2. I could relate to many of the things you wrote about. My first 1990’s computer, coded writing, IRC – You made me all nostalgic. :)

    I think you are wonderful blogger, and yes, it’s what you ought to do.

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  3. Natalie Lyn — March 18, 2011 @ 2:55 am (#)

    I LOVE THIS! Im glad you were able to find your niche in life! Very inspiring. Very happy for you. I’m a BIG fan of you’re blog! Keep up the amazing work!

    xoxo – Natalie Lyn

    http://www.NatalieLyn.com

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  4. Teresa — March 18, 2011 @ 3:01 am (#)

    Congratulations Crissy! How exciting for you. I must be oldschool as well, I created Angelfire sites as well.

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  5. Cher — March 18, 2011 @ 3:04 am (#)

    Awww I am emotional for you! LOL No seriously it makes me happy to see someone happy and finally doing what they love most even if I don’t know them personally. I would love to be able to say “I’m a blogger” in response to what I do for a living. For now it’s my hobby ;)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Chaplain Donna — March 18, 2011 @ 3:14 am (#)

    I started blogging 8 months ago! I did it to share my love and passion for personal and spiritual empowerment. Since then I have not be able to stay off of my computer! I love being behind the keyboard writing, reading and learning about blogging. I am in the process of starting a second blog to share my other interest and generate income. I think it is time to claim the name blogger! I was terminated from my job in October and since then I have been looking for new employment and getting more serious about generating an income online. I am fascinated by the blogging community and would love to call this my career, heck this is my career. I am feeling very confident in my new venture, Donna’s Dollhouse!

    I am saying this right now: “I am a blogger!”

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  7. manda — March 18, 2011 @ 3:36 am (#)

    I’m a dinosaur. /facepalm Earlier today I found my Saturday morning cartoons are “classics” and now I’m a dinosaur for having used angelfire. I actually wrote the user guide to SEAchat which is the original platform of role-playing before MMORPG’s came out and we thought THAT killed the imagination of table top gaming. Okay, now I’m a dork too.

    I don’t know what the difference between a blogger and a writer is, I still just consider myself a writer.

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  8. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly — March 18, 2011 @ 3:49 am (#)

    Back in the 90’s I was running the NYC division of an international association for internet professionals, and was fascinated by Social Media and networking. I got quoted in Wired and although I was in the space for awhile, the response to being quoted there, immersed me in the ‘community’ of the internet even more and I was hooked as well! I’m actually the only person I know who actually worked on a Tandy once! Talk about obscure!

    Great post, I always find it interesting to know the how and why of how the blogs that I like to read emerged!

    My mom always told me I should be a writer, and me being a rebel wanted to be a cardiologist, but she turned out right after all! ;-)

    There is something very empowering about finding your niche!

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  9. Kristen Anderson — March 18, 2011 @ 4:05 am (#)

    I just recently found you and I am in love!!! A blogger you are, SO happy to be a follower!!!
    xoxo,
    Kristen

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  10. Emily faliLV — March 18, 2011 @ 4:41 am (#)

    I really enjoy reading your blog. I love how you cover so many different topics. I enjoy your passion for it.
    I feel the same way about Blogging – that I have finally found my home. I started off with Prodigy Internet and got aol for my 13th birthday some 17 years ago… :O!!
    I am glad you found (and come back to) something you really love. I look forward to reading more.

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  11. Crafty — March 18, 2011 @ 6:53 am (#)

    Hopefully people are better informed now and blogger won’t be such a foreign word. Try telling people in 1992 that you are a computer programmer of multi-media training programs that run on a laser disc connected to a computer. It was like I was talking in a foreign language.

    I am glad you have found the thing that inspires your life. I would like to blog more but right now I find it an effort because I am not creative in the writing department. I know if I just keep trying it will be easier later, it is just like an up hill battle with me….but I am going to keep trying.

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  12. Mary@Everyday Baby Steps — March 18, 2011 @ 7:35 am (#)

    You certainly ARE a blogger! You have come so unbelievably far in one year since reviving Dear Crissy. What a motivation. Love ya, Crissy!

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  13. Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy — March 18, 2011 @ 7:40 am (#)

    Congrats Crissy! Isn’t it a wonderful feeling to know that you are doing exactly what you were meant to do? :)

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  14. Dumb Mom — March 18, 2011 @ 8:08 am (#)

    Yes! I love the response: “You’re a bloooogggger? What does a bloooooggger do all day?”
    Um, I blog! And eat Oreos in ny garage while I hide from my children. But, I’d do that even if I wasn’t a blogger! Glad you found your calling. I wish my personal blog was awesome enough to support my Oreo habit, but I guess I can live with being a blogger for hire. And, between that and my photography business I’m a happy camper. Dumb Dad is so, so jealous that I got out of the life of perpetual paper pushing that college trained me so perfectly for!

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  15. Shell — March 18, 2011 @ 8:11 am (#)

    Wow, just a year??? The mom blogging community is a very unique one, isn’t it? Glad that you are a part of it!

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you are beautiful. hope to see you soon!