My name is Anna. I am one of those dreaded millennials – born on the cusp of the internet, destroying advertising and business as we know it, and championing the hipster and keyboard warrior movements (well, not personally).
My tender years were spent on LiveJournal – the first social-media-like blogging atmosphere (preceding, if I remember correctly, MySpace and Blogger, though cohabitating with the likes of AngelFire and Expage). Livejournal, for those who aren’t privy, was like Tumblr, but more primitive and less artistic. We were an angsty lot, wearing Jncos and plaid and listening to Garbage. Our LJ posts were closer to diary entries – we weren’t worried about our pristine online presences, and we hadn’t yet realized what a terrible and fearful thing the internet was to splash your secrets across.
Like all preteens, it was a phase and I grew out of it – into MySpace, and eventually Facebook: posts got shorter and vaguer, pictures more frequent and we began cultivating this idea that if you can present your life as perfect on social media, it must be pretty perfect offline too.
And life is perfect, for me. I’m married to an amazing man, a man I’ve spent most of my life with already, and I’ve had his two amazing kids (one of whom is only just over a month old!). We live a low-cost but rich existence together in a tiny apartment, in a sweltering state, surrounded by a decent community. And for all its perfection, life is just that – life. It’s hard work, it’s messy, and sometimes its unique challenges need an outlet. That’s where this blog comes in.
I hope to make it up with a little bit of everything that makes our lives – that’s unique to us, even if the experience as a whole is universal. A place to contribute to the conversation, even if it’s just as a whisper.
So there you have it. A personal blog, covering our many-varied life of food, family, fun, technology and art. And some other stuff, too.