7 Year Blogiversary
Screencatch of The Tarot Witch from 9/23/10. This was mine & my husband's 1st website & my 1st venture into writing publically about witchcraft & Paganism. Pic is linked to the way back machine so you can see what the site was & was trying to be. It was later dissolved & all articles were moved here, such as the articles on "Candle Spells" & "Autumn: the Time of the Fall," as caught in this archive photo.
Itâs hard to believe this blog has been existence for seven years now! Throughout this time, my life has gone through rather extreme changes, however, this blog has stayed fairly well focused during it all. These past seven years has seen my family grow by three more children, weâve been homeless, bought a house, sold everything and moved to wilderness to live off grid, reluctantly returned to civilization and now travel about the West biding our time till we return to the wilderness.
Initially, this site was created as a gift by my husband -a compliment to a website we worked on together that would be just for me; his way of encouraging me to begin writing in a more focused manner and to get feedback on the things I was otherwise filling our hard drive with. Early posts were very personal, often discussing my familyâs religious practice, adventures in raising many small children in polytheism and as practicing witches, and my own spiritual struggles. The intent then -and now- was to provide experience-based information as a positive counterinfluence to the overwhelming sea of misinformation perpetuated within the witchcraft and Pagan communities for the purpose of encouraging others to walk their paths with sincerity and integrity. Itâs a lofty goal, but here we are.
Over time, the focus of the blog would become more informative, with blog posts transitioning to more proper article format and moving from a typical length of 300 words to now easily reaching 2,000 words as my confidence in my writing increased and the need for quality in-depth discussion of various aspects of witchcraft and Paganism became more blatant.
Within the last two years, this site has expanded somewhat as I began offering spiritual guidance through divination services. This past November saw the addition of a monthly newsletter (expanded to twice-monthly this past Full Moon.) And in just this past month, thanks to the support of my roguishly sexy backers on patreon, Iâve finally begun publishing under my own name, releasing an in-depth book on home warding (rather than ghostwriting ebooks and publishing under pen names alone, as Iâve been doing the last few years.)
Looking back, I am astonished by the number of posts here. Some are quite touching and personally impactful (such as this my very first blog post and this post on spiritual illness caused by ancestors,) some surprising in their breadth and quality (such as this post on my work as a death midwife and this one on leaving my ancestral home forever,) while others are a hot mess that really, really could use some editing and freshening up (like this post on tools. Yikes.) There are posts that have had over 15,000 page views (like this post from just this past January 15 Ways to do Witchcraft Every Day) while others barely had a dozen views (such as this three-part post on DIY tanning leather, part 2,part 3.)
My compulsion to write only continues and Iâve currently a few more ebooks in various stages of planning and drafting, an overflowing list of things I want to blog about, and the goal of eventually writing a full-length book (once I burn through some of the ebook ideas.)
Life has been nothing but an adventure since beginning this blog and I am so very thankful for those of you have been reading my words and encouraging me to keep writing. Without readers, my words are nothing.
9/24/2017 01:38:09 pm
You know, we've come at it from different angles but we both started our paths at the same time and in many of the same ways. Seeing "The Tarot Witch" site confirms for me that YOU are the reason I created my junk oracle, having seen you discuss yours. :) Thank you for that gift, as I already had the junk, the layers of meaning, and the desire to hold onto them...I just hadn't considered throwing them! :)
9/24/2017 05:49:57 pm
Thank you so much, Amber! It's impossible to tell how anything we write will be received, as I know you're well aware of with your own blog. Every bit of positive feedback becomes so precious, fueling more words, and being tucked away for those moments when writing seems pointless. I still remember my delight in discovering that we both favor the same Tarot deck. Knowing, now, that we have a greater connection with our oracle kits, too, aside from "oooohhh, fun random stuff with meaning" only adds to that delight. :)
10/4/2017 04:10:44 am
I came across your blog only recently and so will have a read of your older posts to see the growth. We need to share our stories, so that others may find hope and support in a world that can often feel lonely. My husband is not a witch, nor even a pagan, so everything I practice is alone for now. He is quite happy for me to influence our children, however... ;)
10/6/2017 11:45:16 pm
Oh, there is soo much growth! Read the old posts with a gentle eye. lol
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