When I began brainstorming ideas for pages detailing my years at Michigan State University, the idea for a writing page just came to the forefront. You may ask why. I did not major in English, literature, or journalism, even though each one of those options crossed my mind. I didn’t even land on the staff of the State News. Instead I pursued business and Spanish, including spending nearly half of my college career off campus either studying abroad or working as an intern or co-op. Unfortunately blogging wasn’t nearly as common in the years 1999-2004 as it is now. While in some respects it would’ve been wonderful to have a blog chronicling all of my adventures in the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, and Ecuador, I don’t know how I would’ve had time. Instead, when I returned to campus in 2003, I began keeping online journals.
It is easy to forget just how fast the web has changed over the last decade or so. When I began focusing on writing online, I started using sites such as LiveJournal and Digital Expressions. You can find public entries on my LiveJournal here and on Digital Expressions here. Fortunately it doesn’t appear as though either website is going anywhere anytime soon. I’m happy to have a digital archive that predates my adventures in blogging.
I can truly credit Digital Expressions with starting my fascination with blogging. I used my diary there not only to “record” the bad early attempts at poetry I wrote mainly while I was Spain, but also as a digital scrapbook of sorts to explore websites I liked, including my thoughts on them. Not many people may have read those entries, but the entire process certainly foreshadowed what I’m doing here at Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde. It’s been a wonderful journey and I’ve met many great writers along the way. I am not entirely sure where I am going, but if I am ever a successful writer, I will have blogging to thank. It all goes back to those years at Michigan State.