Yes, five years ago today, I wrote my first, hesitant, post, not knowing if anyone would read it.
I don't know that I expected it to last this long. I don't even know that I expected to last this long myself.
One of the initial reasons I started blogging was to make money, in five years, I've made less than $200. So that's not funding a big party to celebrate five years in business.
Another reason was to tell people who didn't know about lupus about this disease. It turns out that almost all my readers actually have lupus or are personally touched by it in some way (a family member or close friend has it.) So actually I'm not telling anyone anything new.
Looking at its original goals, this blog's been an abject failure.
I keep writing, because I've discovered those goals were second best.
I've gained something much better than money, however. I've gained a community. The people who read this blog, who make comments, who speak with me on social media, remind me constantly that I'm not facing this rotten disease alone. Whatever happens to me has happened to someone else, and will happen to yet another person. We're all in it together. And for me, that's important, because one thing chronic illness is really good at is making me feel alone.
So dear readers, thank you for the five years of ups and downs that we've shared. Hopefully, we'll have many more years to share as well.
And if you were thinking of a birthday gift? Can you spare a fiver? On the right-hand column of this blog, you'll find a couple of organisations that are busy doing lupus research. Choose one and send them five dollars in honour of five years of this blog. If each of the 4000+ people on the Sometimes, it is Lupus Facebook page sent five dollars to lupus research that would be .... not nearly enough .... better all send ten.