Sylvia Sidney in Merrily We Go to Hell (Dorothy Arzner, 1932)
I received an email from Tumblr today saying it’s the two year anniversary since I started the blog. Wow, 2 years. Never did I really expect this blog to actually go anywhere and look where we are now. You can even read the very first entry I ever wrote:
Who knows how long this blog will last… maybe this might be the only entry. But I know I’ve had a blast this summer and it’s definitely one of the best I’ve experienced in a long time. Everyone loves a good roadtrip and I know that regardless of the tiring walks, the ridiculous amounts of insects and the wasted money spent on overpriced items that it was all worth it in the end. And I wouldn’t change one thing.
Time passes by so quickly and even this very moment I’m still trying to process it all. How did it go by so quickly? When I first created this blog, all I wanted was to create an online space where I could document all the adventures and things me and my friends would get up to. Initially it was moreso towards our camps/roadtrips but it’s slowly become something more encompassing of us as a whole. From our love of junk food, cooking adventures and late night cruises, I believe it’s now become a living document of us in this point of time.
I use to compare BSB akin to a yearbook and I still firmly believe that’s still the case. Unfortunately my plans of having a printed edition of our adventures is long gone though I still have hope I’ll get around to creating it in the future. But for now our main focus is really just getting our new website up and running.
Obviously as you may have noticed in the past, there’s been plenty of struggles where I’ve simply abandoned all hope of maintaining it all. There’s been so many times where I’ve given up and considered deleting it. Part of it stemmed from being overambitious and trying too hard to make the blog something that it simply wasn’t. Other times I just simply felt like so much responsibility fell down on me and that it was only myself who was still trying to keep this going.
But from that I began to discover so many lovely people who have helped push me to strive harder and offered me such kind words of encouragement and support when I felt like it was all pointless. Nothing can beat the feeling of knowing that somehow, your grammatically incorrect need to proofread writeups can somehow inspire others to go out and go on their own adventures. I know I’m not a writer and sometimes even I don’t know why I still continue with it. Still, I know the feeling of seeing photos on tumblr and thinking ‘Man, I really want to go camping now’. And to think the photos we take somehow have that same impact on others is a feeling even I can’t describe.
So thank you. Whether it’d be joining us on our adventures, supporting us or simply liking our content, I can’t stress how much it all means to me. And to paraphrase, who knows how long Backseat Ballads will last but I sure do hope the journey will be an epic one right till the end.