Blog Flashback

YIKES! Last week, I missed my first weekly blog post this year. My husband and I have been doing some projects around the house, I’ve been working on the poetry anthology, and we’re taking advantage of his vacation. Of course, I didn’t prepare much this week either.

Here’s what I did do. I went to my old blog, Skipping Stone Memory, and read my very first blog post on August 16, 2008. When I started my blog, I didn’t have much focus. I introduced myself as an aspiring writer, talked about a writing forum I no longer belong to, and started to write poetry. Seven years later, I’m a self-published author and poet, met some awesome people along the way, and learned quite a bit about the publishing world.

Has anyone done a blog flashback?

It’s an eye opener. Also back in 2008, my husband, who was my then online friend, and I wrote a poem, Distant Exploration. I would write a line, send it to him, he’d write the next line, and then send it back. I posted this on my blog. At the time, we had only met online and didn’t know what the other looked like. We never would have thought we’d meet face-to-face seven months later let alone marry. Check out our cheesy poem.

Two similar minds reach across the pond,
Accidently they meet thoughts form a bond.
Virtual smiles and a bodyless hug,
Compliments given is like a new drug.
We spark imagination through our words,
Fly high on emotions, two blissful birds.
Secrets we share after learning to trust,
Lives we compare include culture and lust.
Rendezvous places we visit or dream,
Exploring together, a perfect team.
While bodies are stuck like birds without wings,
Accept with devotion that needs no rings.
Treasure the few times we spend together,
That help us defy life’s stormy weather.
Sharing the warmth of two souls in a cuddle,
Fingers glide, touch, the feelings so subtle.
Encouragement given pursuing goals,
No word ever lost, thanks to hidden scrolls.
Unforeseen ways of collaboration,
Post for all, sends smiles of jubilation.
Lucky we found a wonderful friendship,
The day we met, forever we’ll worship.

001 - Us at Cottonwood (800x602)This is us in 2009

In 2010, I quit my job and moved to Germany for five months. I wrote a post about how I was getting along in my new environment. I learned that grocery stores aren’t open on Sundays, gas prices averaged $7.00 a gallon, and there are five garbages to put your garbage in: organics, paper, regular, glass, and recycled.

50 - Martin and I-2 (800x602)This is us in 2010

By the end of 2012, we decided to make a life in Germany and I married my online friend. My life had a way of turning out completely different from what I had planned. If someone told me in early 2008 that I would meet a man in Germany (5,000 miles away), move there and marry him, I would have thought they were crazy. So let this be an example to all of you. It doesn’t matter how you planned your life, every choice you make veers you into another direction. All I can say is live. Keep an open mind and look forward to where life takes you.

DSC_0668 (800x530)This is us in 2012 (Wedding Day)

I’d love it if you’d share a blog flashback and tell us where you are today.

Flashback and Life Changes,
Baer Necessities

8 thoughts on “Blog Flashback”

  1. Love your post. I co-write poetry with my friend Jim and also met my husband online. He lived in a different state at the time. Life is like an ocean and we never know where the waves are taking us. I’ve just learned to surf and anticipate. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Anita, We have LOTS in common. 😀 I’ve only co-written poems with my husband. It was our way of getting across emotions. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Wow, that’s awesome. Our story isn’t nearly so great. Or romantic (maybe you could consider it bromantic). 5 years ago when we started ours, we had just received a cock-punch from the universe (our exact words) when our contract with Random House fell through, and we learned why the publishing industry sucks. Now we’re successful self-published authors with a killer agent. We make comics, we talk to kids at schools, we teach workshops. We get around. It works well for us.

    1. ABFTS, I guess that cock-punch was for the best. I had no idea you guys talk to kids and teach workshops. That is really awesome! It’s great that you two even had the same interests in life.

  3. This is such a great idea. I suppose I’ve done blog flashbacks as I’ve re-organized my site as I re-categorize and delete posts here and there, but I’ve never done a public flashback. It might prove a good idea especially for an end of the year post. How lovely too that you and your husband wrote a collaborative poem back and forth via e-mail. In the past months, I’ve learned a lot about reciprocal relationships and how my marriage fell short in so many ways in that area. It’s so true that our lives take crazy twists and turns, and the big changes are usually for the best 🙂

    1. Hey Jeri! Just following your blog, I’ve seen the changes you’ve made in your personal and professional life. An end of year blog flashback post would be great for you. Twists and turns are tough to take because change goes hand in hand with them (most people hate change). But sometimes change, even if it were caused by a negative, can turn out to be the best thing in your life.

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