It’s hard to believe that I’ve been writing in this little space for four whole years. I started Meet Virginia on a whim and didn’t expect it to last longer than a few months, which I regretfully admit to be the lifespan of most of my endeavors. The majority of my early posts are fluff; frozen yogurt runs, weekend beach excursions, and all of the other life details that I deemed to be of utmost importance as a 21-year-old.
I guess you could say that my blog became popular. I had readers from all over the world, strangers recognized me in public, and companies sent me free samples to review. I thrived on comments, likes, and page views. The truth is that this is all very empty. Who cares what someone you’ve never met thinks of your lunch? Nobody. Nobody cares. If I’m honest, I was just struggling to accept myself as a college senior, looking for affirmation in all the wrong places, and this blog gave me the attention I was looking for.
It’s no secret that my blog has declined in frequency, consistency, and popularity over the past two years. I don’t have much explanation for this, rather than to simply say that life changes. I’m not sad about the “decline” of my blog, because to me, it shows me that I’ve grown. I’ve made friendships, pursued relationships, picked up hobbies, and entered the working world… all good things that have distracted me from writing here.
You might have also noticed that I removed all advertising from my blog about a year ago. I never earned much from the ads, just enough to cover my gym membership, but I found that writing because I had to write made my words come across rather contrived. I didn’t like it, so I said goodbye.
I don’t want it to sound like blogging is all bad. That’s not true. This corner of the internet has afforded me some amazing opportunities, the biggest of which being my current job, as a real life writer. More than that, it’s provided me a way to look back on some big chapters of life. Meet Virginia has seen me run two half marathons, graduate from college, complete an internship, become (and unbecome) a vegetarian, pass a national exam, say farewell to two long-term relationships, celebrate friends getting married, become gainfully employed, eat a whole lot of good food, and move almost 10 times! I’m thankful.
There have been numerous days when I’ve thought about closing up shop. Coming here and writing a goodbye post. But every time I tell myself, “not quite yet.” While I now write more frequently in a journal or post short snippets on Instagram, Meet Virginia is still a special place.
Some days I even think about starting a new blog. I always wish that nobody I knew read this blog. There are things I want to write about, but I don’t really want people I know reading them. Does that sound crazy? I don’t know, maybe the reason why my blog has gone down hill is because I don’t feel like I can write about what I want to write about. For example, I drafted a “1 Year in Charlotte” post in January, but I haven’t posted it because it’s pretty personal and it involves people that I care about, and hey, maybe they don’t want to be written about on the internet.
As I reread this post, I realized that it sounds pretty melancholy. That’s not what I intended when I sat down to write it. I’m thankful for this space and I’m thankful for seasons of life. More than that, I’m thankful for all the ways that I’ve grown and the awesome opportunities I’ve had over the past four years! Don’t worry, I’m not planning on going anywhere anytime soon, and if I do, you’ll be the first to know.
Thanks so much for reading what I’ve written here for the past 1,460 days. You guys are awesome and I wouldn’t have kept this up for nearly as long if it weren’t for you. And even though I said I wished that nobody I knew read the blog, I don’t really mean it. I hope you don’t go anywhere anytime soon either. :)