Turning 10: 2006–2016

26 Jan

Truesday Tales is on break this week, for the following reason:

I’m trying to remember whether there was snow on the ground that day. I know it was bitingly cold, the sky was a glorious winter blue, the sun shone like a superstar who couldn’t acknowledge his best days were behind him, and my biggest concern was fitting all my precious shoes into two suitcases as I readied to begin a new chapter in the country of my birth.

Somewhere in the middle of all that, I casually wrote a post called Shoes Blues. I even uploaded a picture, because that’s what you were supposed to do, nobody only read words. All of two people looked at the post, not counting myself. Who knew what this whole blogging thing was, anyway? It was January 26, 2006, and life was about to change big time. Only, I didn’t know back then that it was the blog that would propel the biggest changes of all and remain my steadiest constant over the next decade. A page I goofily christened Wisdom Wears Neon Pajamas, after the bright orange Eddie Bauer pjs I happened to be wearing that very minute. Yes, imagination has always been my strong suit.

It would be interesting to look back at my journey since: the amazing highs, the stressors only a twenty-something can handle without turning grey, the lessons that chiseled away at me, the teachers, nasty and kind. But I’m on a tight clock with a wakeful baby and don’t want to sound like a granny reliving her heyday. I’m a steady sort, a creature of habit. I’ve had the same bestie for 21 years. Ditto favorite authors and hairstyle. I like my coffee exactly the same each morning, and only the Boy’s surprises aren’t stressful for me. So it’s not really a whoa moment for me that this blogaroo baby has lasted a decade, because it’s been such fun! Really, such fun. It married words and community and fresh ideas from some terribly sparkling minds. And gifted me friendships. A solid, warm, sustaining sisterhood. So much gratitude to the universe for it all!

This blog isn’t going to last another decade. I have my doubts about the end of the year. But that’s okay, because everything has its time, and other platforms were bound to shunt out this early form of self-expression. So pardon me if, between the books I race to catch up on and the simmering something on the stove (hey, can’t have a birthday post without an alliteration!) and Herr Toddlemeister’s shenanigans, we don’t exactly party here anymore. But thanks for all the fish. For reading, chiming in, telling me that you exist. For seeing the heart on my sleeve and treating it gently. Funnily enough, only a clutch of folks in my offline life know that I have a blog, and that’s exactly how we’re going to keep it, you and I. 😉

To 10! It’s been a whopper of a journey. See you next week for Truesday Tales?

Bear hugs and neon confetti,

Still in Pyjamas


7 Responses to “Turning 10: 2006–2016”

  1. shail January 27, 2016 at 4:55 am #

    Gosh, we started blogging on the same date too?! 🙂 And this year the date slipped from my mind in the hustle and bustle of the boys being over. Btw, I know exactly how long I am going to blog. I have the date marked. Till then and no more, “because everything has its time.”
    Congrats on your 10. 🙂

  2. Aunty G January 27, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    Ten happy years have flown by
    Reading you — ruddy, rueful or wry
    Thank you for your neon wisdom
    Making us a part of your kingdom
    But talking of stopping will make us cry!

  3. Pooja January 28, 2016 at 2:09 am #

    Nooooo..you JUST.CANNOT.STOP. writing 😦
    Self confessed lurker stepping out of the closet just to tell you NOT to stop.

  4. Anamika/ThinkingCramps January 28, 2016 at 2:53 am #

    Loved it! Ten years! Now I want to drop everything else and go read your latest posts because I’m pretty sure I’ve missed several. My blog is 11 years old and I haven’t even honoured it with any kind of special post. It’s really getting step-child treatment 😦 But you, you keep writing, you hear me. And please add me to any lists you have of people you’ll inform if you ever take this writing elsewhere!

  5. Dancing Fingers Singing Keypad January 29, 2016 at 11:31 am #

    Please don’t stop writing because I am sure it is going to be even more fun to read posts about Herr Toddlemeister, which you no doubt are going to share to our utter delight. Here’s wishing your blog a very happy 10 and many more to come!! 🙂

  6. M.... January 31, 2016 at 10:07 pm #

    Do not stop writing! Just when I have surfaced to read again 🙂 ( We are nothing if not selfish )
    I will send an email. with my life story thus far!

  7. Orange Jammies February 2, 2016 at 11:47 pm #

    shail: What fun, I’m so kicked about sharing a start date. 🙂 You’re way cooler than I, having picked out your quit timing and all! Hope you enjoyed your family time!

    Aunty G: Kingdoms are for kings and queens
    Not zombie blogger has-beens
    We’ve had our days
    And a myriad says
    And been plenty full of beans

    Pooja: Sigh. It takes this for you guys to announce yourselves. How about hello? 😛

    Anamika: Bonus child. 🙂 Much kinder than step-child. Now get ye to that blog!

    DFSK: Thank you! Hope mammahood is treating you splendidly. 🙂

    M….: I’m still waiting! Chop,chop!

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