I lied. I turned 19 in May. But yesterday marked this blog’s four year anniversary, so say hallelujah for four years of Thomas’s thoughts, tangents, and tantalizing posts!
As I always say, thank you to all of my readers, commenters, followers, and lurkers for your continued support. Even though college has taken its toll on my posting rate, this blog has now exceeded 630,000 views, 5,000 comments, and 460 posts. But as I have learned time and time again, the numbers do not do justice to the people I have encountered through this blog: despite my more periodical posting, I have still received so many kind comments and messages that make my day even if I do not respond to them right away.
I have listened to a lot of Ariana Grande as of late, and one theme of this post centers on her lyric “stronger than I’ve been before.” Since my last blogiversary, I learned how to drive, gained a couple of leadership positions in my extra-curricular activities, started my own Psychology research study, and witnessed the passing of my grandfather. It feels so strange knowing that four years ago, I sat in my house and started this blog as a sophomore in high school – a period marked by family drama, tumultuous adolescence, and the birth of my voice. Now, while I still face some struggles, I have grown: I work multiple jobs, I study and play even harder, and I have focused my purpose to helping people through Psychology, research, and therapy.
We will see where I take this blog. Though I know I do not post as often as I used to, I wish to move away from feeling guilty about numbers; I want each of my posts to reflect my passion or my voice, or even just a piece of my personality. I have a couple of topics lined up – Ariana Grande, mental health – but I would love to hear what you guys want to hear from me, either about college, my sexuality, books, or more.
What thoughts do you guys have? Any advice you would pose for improving this blog? What can I do better? Any other things you would like to share? Wherever you find yourself or whatever you write or do not write, I hope this week has proven fulfilling for you, and I look forward to writing my next post.