Five years!

my birthday, my blog’s birthday: the same, yet different!

Today is my five year anniversary in this space.  Five years!  My first post, in September 2006, mentioned two friends who have continued to be hugely important fixtures in both my life and on my blog.  Last year I marked my blog anniversary by asking for questions from you – I said I’d respond to anything you want to know.  It was, I confess, a way to combat my own lack of inspiration, but in the end I found the exercise fascinating.

So, I am asking again: to celebrate five years of writing here, please ask any question you want, or let me know something you’d like to know more about.  Thank you, thank you, for this and for the myriad, meaningful, and completely unforseen ways your reading my words has enriched my life.  I cannot explain how much I’ve been surprised and moved by what this place, and the rest of the blogosphere, has come to mean to me.

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  1. Posted September 15, 2011 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    Congrats!! That is awesome and amazing and so inspiring!

  2. Posted September 15, 2011 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, how amazing! My question is: have you ever felt like you’re running out of ideas for blog content in all that time?

  3. Posted September 15, 2011 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    A true milestone, worthy of heartfelt congratulations. And thanks. You have touched my life through this blog–inspiring me in ways small and very, very big (um, career change). And it’s not just me. Here’s to another five years. Fun fact: you have been writing your blog longer than I have been married!

  4. Posted September 15, 2011 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    Five years! What an incredible feat. And the fact that you post daily amazes me.My question: Is there anything about blogging, and in particular the style of blogging you do, that you regret/would change now, five years later?

  5. Posted September 15, 2011 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday! I love this space. Yours is the first blog I read. Thank you for being here.

    My question: Do you ever get paranoid about posting photos/names/information about your children–have you ever worried about opening the door to crazies? (Not judging. I do it, too. Just asking about this because *I* worry about it and haven’t quite figured out how to reconcile it in my own mind yet.)

  6. Kristen @ Motherese
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Heartfelt congratulations! You are an inspiration to me on so many levels.

    My question: do you think of yourself as a quick writer or do you linger over your words as you write? (Perhaps that depends on purpose: blogging, memoir, book review, etc.?)

  7. Launa
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    You are my Bloghero. Thank you for giving me (and us) this luminous and dappled example. When I think of your blog I think of light, and enlightenment.

    My question: how has writing changed your living?

  8. Trish
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    The happiest of days to you for birthdays, anniversary and sharing of yourself in this space.

    Warmest wishes,

  9. Ana
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Congratulations & wishing you the happiest of birthdays!
    Maybe a silly question, but does writing about the deep stuff usually get it off your chest, or does it actually result in even more pondering?

  10. Kristen
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Happy Blog Anniversary! I’ve never posted here, but I like this exercise.

    My question: Do you find that writing about life has improved your ability to linger in moments?

  11. Posted September 15, 2011 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, Lindsey. Five years of offering more beauty, more poignancy, more truth to the world. That’s most definitely worth celebrating – as are you.

    ‘Look forward to the day we clink glasses of champagne together.

  12. Hilary Levey Friedman
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 8:51 am | Permalink


  13. Posted September 15, 2011 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Five years is HUGE! You are like a blogging pioneer! I’m wondering what the catalyst for you to start blogging was? What did you hope to gain from it? What paths did it lead you down that you might not have guessed from the get-go? (Okay, I know, that’s three questions.)

  14. Posted September 15, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    I remember quite some time ago stumbling on a post of your from 2007 and being completely in awe that you’ve blogged for so long. Impressive truly.

  15. Posted September 15, 2011 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, Lindsey and thank you.

    If it were not for you, I would be blogging, or likely even writing. I hope you know how inspiring, thought provoking and dear you are to many.

    The only question I have is this – what are your dreams for the next five years? Not your five year plan, mind you. Your dreams, Lindsey – what are your dreams?

    Love and gratitude to you…

    Christa Reply:

    I would NOT be blogging if not for you. you know what I meant!

  16. Connie
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Happy 5 years of blogging… that means happy 5 years of reading for me! My question would be — how do you do it? How do you find the space and time and clarity to be so connected to your thoughts and emotions? I really admire that about you.

  17. Posted September 15, 2011 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday and congrats on 5 years of blogging 🙂 You may have already answered this question, but as a newbie I’d be interested on what catalyst got you started blogging and did you imagine you would be writing the things you do when you first started? In what ways has your blog exceeded your wildest dreams?
    Hope you have a fabulous day with your beautiful family!

  18. Posted September 15, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Happy blog birthday! I’m so grateful that our online worlds intersected and then led us to meet in person. I’ve loved following your life in this space, getting to know you better, watching your children grow, seeing your amazing sky photos, adding your favorite quotes to my own quote collection, reading words you write that settle deeply into my own being. Here’s to five more years! xxoxk

  19. Posted September 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    happy five! I’m glad you’re here xo

  20. Posted September 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Five is major. Keep inspiring us all, please.


  21. Posted September 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Wow. Five years. Ahead of your time, really. I think it’s great that you have kept this going for that long. I’m impressed. And I do have many questions, but many of them were asked above 🙂


  22. Posted September 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    5! Congratulations! And happy birthday to you too. May there be many more.

  23. Posted September 15, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Happy Blogiversary, Lindsey! Five years!? You’ve created such a beautifully written, poignant, and thought-provoking body of work here. I’d love to know a bit about your memoir. (But only if you’re ready to talk about it, of course!)

  24. Posted September 15, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on your Five! Your words are an inspiration.

    My question: Does daily blogging help feed the momentum for your book? What general advice would you offer about the writing process?

  25. Posted September 16, 2011 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    My blog recently turned 5 also – on the 9th of September. I celebrated with move to self hosted blog and new site design 🙂

    Just wanted to stop in and say ‘Happy 5th Birthday’ – it is rather exciting hitting these milestones.

  26. Posted September 16, 2011 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    congratulations, lindsey. 5 sometimes means change is coming…

    a question: what does the wild in you desire? what does she long to do/be?

  27. Posted September 17, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Happy Five Lindsay! Like I said, you are my blog idol and I am constantly inspired to keep going when I read your words. Great questions above. I guess mine would be WHEN do you write? I am drowning in the pool of full time job and mother and am really struggling. Any advice? Also, what do you feel is the biggest change in you and your writing over the past 5 years?

    Congrats again and looking forward to the next 5. xoxo

    Alisa@Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake Reply:

    Dang it, I apologize for spelling your name wrong. I have a Lindsay in my life, so always forget. So sorry LINDSAY!!!!

  28. Posted September 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Wow – five years! Inspired! Congratulations and thanks so much for what has come to be one of my most looked-forward to daily reads. H xo

  29. Posted September 20, 2011 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    hmmmm, I once had a job interview and one of the questions was, “You own a jewelry store and a man comes in wanting to buy something for his girlfriend. Ask 20 questions.” I zipped through this in about two minutes.

    Yes, I am a question asker. My first question was above – when do you write your posts? Do you have waves of inspiration where you write several and “save” them? Posting daily seems next to impossible…… I count that as one question. Not sure why. : )

    On a different note, do you live your life this deeply? Meaning, do you talk of these things daily with your friends and family? I have not even told people in my “real” life about my blog. I think I’m scared I won’t be as open. I feel I have different lives. Did you immediately tell your friends and those whom you interact with daily about your blog?

    I wrote several questions trying to explain a general point – does that make sense?

    I’ll stop. Thanks, Lindsey. Congratulations.