It was 6 months ago I started a little site called PagebyPaige.
One of the intimidating aspects of starting a website is that it is an extension of yourself on the internet for all to see. When I write a post I'm opening my world to a vast audience. PagebyPaige is open to the public to see. It is also accessible to, and very often read by my family and friends. Six months ago when I started writing, it was more daunting to let my family and friends see PbP than it was to realize some unknown person in Spain would be reading it.
All my close friends are very aware of PagebyPaige, mostly because I have to make a point to paparazzi myself and my friends whenever we go do something. It's not the kind of hobby you can really hide if you wanted to.
When getting ready for a visit to a friends bar in Toronto, Dundas & Carlaw, the girls and I were doing the usual photo op before heading out, when another friend commented, "You have a blog?" He then thought for a moment, "Is that a cool thing to do?" he asked. After a few seconds of thinking about his question he answered himself with "No, I don't think it is."
Well, yes he might be right, blogging may not be cool. But take a moment and think about this.
Is being the drama kid in high school cool? Nope.
Is being the one who plays their guitar in subway stations cool? Wouldn't say so.
Is learning how to work a sewing machine cool? Nah.
Are Brad Pitt and Natalite Portman cool? I would argue they're the height of cool.
Are Carrie Underwood and Jay-Z cool? Heck yes, some people would give anything to be them for just a day.
Are Ralph Lauren and Kiel James Patrick cool? No question.
My point is, starting something from the beginning isn't all that cool. But does that mean you should stop?
If I lived my whole life being concerned with being what others define as cool, I wouldn't be who I am, and I quite like the person I am, thank you very much.
I don't think Brad, Natalie, Carrie, Jay, Ralph or KJP would be where they are either if they were confined to only pursing what is deemed socially acceptable and mainstream in life.
How old am I again? Oh yeah, that's right, I'm not in high school. Nor am I concerned with being what some people define as "cool." (The more I say the word in this post, the more trivial it really seems.)
Its a wonderful life when you don't spend time worrying about what others think of you and your pastimes.
Cheers to another 6 months and longer of my lovely little piece of the internet!
Thanks to all my dedicated readers, I'm so very happy to keep the posts coming for y'all!
(That last quote image is just for fun. 'Scuse me as I go pop some bubbly.)