When I was eight years old, I started my first website. It never really became anything, and over time I simply lost interest. After a couple years, however, I slowly began to think about the idea of having a blog again. Not much was happening in my life, but I had my interests, and I liked the idea of sharing them. In July of 2016, my dad bought me the url for www.keepsusstargazing.com. The website had been running around my head for a couple months, and the name had come to mind along with two others that I can no longer remember. I lay in my room at my grandparents house at night thinking of series ideas and what I wanted the website to become.
On October 7th, 2016, I decided to make the website go live a couple days early. I'd spent July-September designing the logo and writing a few posts so nothing would look empty. I showed it to my family with a smile on my face. I was very excited about what I was doing, and over the next few months this website became a place of comfort for me, like I still hope it can be for other people.
Today is October 8th, 2017, so technically we've been here for a year and a day, but that sounds too specific and particular for a website devoted to books and whimsy, so let's just say we've been here a year. And oh what a year it has been. Over the last twelve months I've changed my mind about a few things. I don't have as much photography as I'd like, and I definitely post more poetry than I'd been expecting. As a matter of fact, a year ago I'd only written one poem (Dear All the Luna Lovegoods ), and I was scared enough of posting that. Even so, some things haven't changed at all. I still post on Sundays and Thursdays, and the About page hasn't changed a word. I still talk about books and share stories from my life, but there have been a couple times where I've gotten a little more political than originally planned.
I'm still very proud of what I'm doing here. Although small in audience, this website has given me many things. I think I've become a better writer over the last year, and I definitely think I've started reading more since starting Books I've Read & Places I've Loved, a series that came to mind one of those late July nights. I love this website, and I love what I've done with it. I still want to put more photography out there, just to see how I can improve. I also like the idea of making videos and connecting them, but at the moment that seems like an idea for another day. As for right here, right now, I want to say thank you. Thank you to those of you (Mom, Grandmom, Poppy, England folk) who have been reading since day one, and thank you to those of you who recently found the link on Instagram and have been reaching out to me more.
This may sound crazy, but I truly believe that writing here has made me a better person. I've become more in touch with myself, and hopefully with the people around me as well. I hope you'll all stay with me until October of 2018, and even beyond that. Here's to another year of books, places, poetry, and environmentally friendly balloons. Thank you <3