Ten years ago, my then-fiancé-now-husband Nicholas asked me a simple question.
“Do you want to start a blog?”
At the time, I was completing my senior year of college, planning a wedding, and generally preparing to become an adult. I had a simple answer.
“Heck, no! I don’t have time for that!”
Thankfully, he ignored me (wouldn't be the last time) and started what we modestly named “The Best Blog EVER.” In the beginning, he wrote most of the posts but - not one to be excluded - I eventually chimed in.
My first post:
This actually is Sarah and my first blog EVER! For any of you who I haven't talked to in awhile, I just received an internship at the National Organization for Women and I am soooo excited. This summer is going to be wonderful but very very stressful. The wedding plans are going along nicely. Nicholas and I just added some things to our registry today, really exciting stuff like bath towels and pans. I tried to add some zest with the Smoothie Pro 60 but Nicholas vetoed it. Oh well...we're not zesty people I guess considering it's friday night at 11:30pm and we're working on our homework (and our new blog) :)
Riveting. I know.
By 2005, I was posting regularly and had crowded Nicholas out completely. As our lives continued to change, I found blogging to be the one constant. Writing had always been a lifeline - a way for me to work through my own thoughts and emotions. The fact that I could now share my writing with friends and family was an added bonus.
Then, in 2010, blogging stopped being a personal hobby and became something more. A former law school classmate and dear friend asked me if I’d like to start a blog... a real blog. Instead of sharing personal photos and anecdotes when the mood struck, we would post new content every day of the week splitting the work load between us. The blog would be our job.
This time I said yes.
I was a new mother in desperate need of a creative outlet and flexible work options. Professional blogging seemed to fit the bill.
Salt & Nectar was born on January 31, 2011. I shut down the Best Blog EVER a few months later and Salt & Nectar has been my blogging home ever since. Over the past few years, I have learned an incredible amount about the business of blogging, about social media, about our readers, and about myself.
That journey has lead me here.
Perhaps it’s the only child in me, but I recently realized that I needed my own space - space to share the more personal aspects of my journey, space to explore the people, places, and ideas that inspire me, and space to get to know all of you better.
Let’s be clear. Salt & Nectar isn’t going anywhere. Both Sarah and I will still be posting weekly on the salty and sweet of motherhood.
bluegrass redhead is merely the next step in my blogging journey. For those of you who have been with me since that first silly paragraph, thanks for sticking it out. For fans of Salt & Nectar, I hope you’re as happy with one Sarah as two. For anyone who is just joining our little caravan, welcome! You can learn more about me here and I’ve also shared some of my favorite posts I’ve written over the years to give you an idea of who I am and what inspires me.
To each and every one of you, I am honored to have you along on this journey. I look forward to lots of laughter, maybe a few tears, and loads of A HA! moments.
Welcome to bluegrass redhead.