Today, we have reached 100 posts on Both Sides of the Tracks. On the one hand, 100 is quite an accomplishment. Tyler and I have kept blogs before, mostly for our families and when we’ve been traveling. But, we’ve never managed anything quite this extensive before. It’s been a lot of fun.
On the other hand, these past few weeks have been more difficult. I find myself sitting down to write or to plan out a weeks worth of posts, but soon come to feel as though I’ve hit a roadblock. Granted, we’ve had three or four posts going up over the last couple of weeks, but the process hasn’t felt as fluid or joyful as it did before.
That in and of itself, makes me feel as if I’ve failed a little–especially because we got really good at posting everyday, Monday through Friday. Nonetheless, as I sit here writing this, I cannot help but feel comforted by the familiar click-clack of the keyboard as the growing mass of black fills the white space on my screen.
I remember reading somewhere that today people get so sucked into the business of consuming that they forget about the act of creation. More frequently than not, I blame technology for this – iPads, laptops, televisions. That damn social media! And don’t get me wrong; I’m a bit addicted myself. But, in writing this I’ve also realized that it’s those same things that have helped me and, at moments, forced me to create.
With that said, I thought I’d look back (with Tyler) and share some of our favorite “creations” together:
Quirkiest Post: Ode To Black Friday
I never thought I’d think this hard about “Black Friday”. Nor did I ever think that I would write an ode again after high school, but after re-reading my poem, I’d say I did my English teachers proud. Go me.
Yummiest Post: Baked Apple Cider Donuts
If you don’t own your own donut pan, go out and buy one…now.
Jessica’ Favorite Tyler Post: Travels in Florida: Non-native animals
I love this post for so many reasons, but mostly because it shows how wonderfully creative Tyler is. The photos were gorgeous. The writing was clever, and I never would’ve thought to write a post like this to begin with. So fun. =)
Best Looking Post: In the Attic
I cannot take credit for creating any of these images, but oh…my…I could stare at them all day long. They are breathtaking and inspiring. I can’t wait to get my hands on a house.
Most Proud of Post: Organizing our Art, Pt. 1: The Office Gallery
While I technically wrote this post, true credit goes to Tyler. Not only did have the patience to work with me on this, but it was also his idea to create the awesome GIF featured on the post. It made for a fun project, a fun video and a beautiful wall.
Epic Fail Post: What to Wear: Football Game
So much for my plans in this post. It rained like cats and dogs that days and all talk of style went completely out the window. I wore a trash bag instead.
“One of my favorite things about Jessica (but really, there are just so many it is hard to keep track of them all) is that she likes to travel. Long car rides have given us plenty of time to make fun lists like these, and it is always interesting to see how they morph over time.” ~Tyler
Here’s to 100 more posts! We look forward to sharing them with you. =)