Hello! Happy Wednesday. Congratulations, you’ve made it through half the week! A couple days ago, as I was sitting with my family (probably drinking wine), I got a notification on my phone telling me happy anniversary: Zany Lady is officially 2 years old! I seriously can’t believe it has been that long since I started this weird little personalized corner of the internet I like to call Zany Lady.
This blog started out of despair and a desperate need for a hobby (post break-up– ya feel me ladies?). I was an angsty college (almost) junior with lots to say and plenty of time on my hands. I needed to throw myself into a project, so I decided to vent about my feelings via WordPress, not thinking anyone would ever care enough to read it (let alone subscribe!!)
As I wrote periodically on my web-diary, I started to tell a couple close friends about my posts. I told my roommates/college bffs (shout out to the OG Zany Ladies). I told my parents. I told my sister-in-law. They all were very supportive of my newly found hobby of complaining about my life on the internet. They subscribed, and sent very sweet texts every time I posted (and also to check on me because let’s be real, I was a hot mess of a human at this point).
After the despair came and went, I found a lot of humor in the life I was living, and Zany Lady took a turn to be, no longer heartbreak central, but a, hey, I’m still not okay, but I can laugh and tell funny stories about my life.
Those funny (dare I say, relatable?) stories set the tone for the next year and a half of Zany Lady. I started going public with my posts, sharing it to social media. I started posting more frequently, and asking my friends and peers to guest post. I started to live my life more boldly, thinking, “this will make a great Zany Lady post”. I started having more conversations with people about what they wanted to read, what interested them the most.
Before I knew it, Zany Lady had become a community: A small and mighty community of intelligent, brave, witty, creative, and very zany ladies (and gents). I was getting frequent messages from close and distant friends, sharing their stories with me, telling me how much they related to the content I was posting about. I started having people come up to me in real life (scary!!! real human interaction!!!) and start talking about which blog post they like the most and what it means to them.
I’m not trying to boast and say that I’m the worlds best blogger, because I’m definitely not, and I’m definitely just a girl who is still as lost and dramatic as when she started this whole thing. I just can’t believe that something that came from such a dark place in my life sparked light, and continued to spread.
This blog has given me so much. It has given me healing from a broken heart. It has given me perspective on many areas of my life. It has given me the platform to hear other women’s stories, and be able to give them a platform to share. It has allowed others to get to know me, the real me. Being vulnerable on my blog has given me the chance to grow closer with people in real life.
I don’t know where the blog will go in the future, or who will stick around (or join me) in my upcoming adventures, but to all the beautiful people that have found Zany Lady one way or another, THANK YOU. Zany Lady wouldn’t be what it is without the support and conversations of all the readers. You all inspire me, and keep me motivated to run the blog.
Cheers to 2 years of Zany Lady, and a hope that I still have the privilege to write, share, and connect with all of you in the years to come.