It started with a 'just do it'-style note to myself, and was followed the next day with an imperfect dictionary experience. And that was it. I was off and running.
Or off and typing. Same same.
I posted daily lessons to begin with (hence the YLSNED name), covering everything from garden gnomes to volleyball, from baboon diets to giraffe noises, from the cocoa content of white chocolate to Keith Urban's true nationality.
Compelling stuff, I'm sure you'll agree.
Then I moved on to more personal posts. I (officially) let go of the lesson format this time last year. I started blogging about whatever I wanted, which has fallen into a natural pattern of renovation posts, song rewrites, personal reflection, book reviews (for little people and big people alike) and chocolate.
I've even occasionally shared some family pics.
Three years. In three years, this blog has become more important to me than I would ever have predicted. I've developed my writing voice. I've found my blogging mojo. I've learnt things. I've embraced (at least some forms of) social media, which will be crucial when (if) I make my way back into the corporate marketing world.
I've even made a little bit of money (but don't worry, kids - I won't be quitting my day job anytime soon). And I've made friends. And those two things (and many more) are why I'm so excited to be heading to the Problogger conference this weekend.
I will be learning about the ins and outs of blogging. SM, SEO, UV, USP, OMG, WTF? I'll be learning about making my blog heard, making a difference, and maybe making a proper go of this blogging thing. Or at least using this blogging thing to contribute to whatever my future career may be.
And I will be meeting friends, most for the first time. I've done my research - I know which ones don't like to be hugged, and I know which ones I'll leap on as soon as I spot them. I have a list of bloggers longer than my arm that I want to thank for sharing their words with the world. I hope to tick off at least a quarter of them.
What better way to celebrate three years of YLSNEDding? (Yes, I verbed YLSNED. Three years in, I think it's worth verbing.)
Are you going to Problogger? What are you hoping to learn?