Saturday, September 8, 2018

Why Did You Start Blogging? {Plus Announcement!}

Hello and welcome back to the blog, friends.

First off, I wanted to say thank you for all the kind birthday wishes! I still have to go through and publish all my comments and reply on my last post, but I have to say, y'all are the best. But look at me, getting off topic...

My thought for today's post is, "Why did you start blogging?"

For those of you who don't know, Acoustic Erin isn't my first blog. I've had several before this one, but Acoustic Erin is the first one that really seemed to stick with any degree of permanence. Interestingly enough, I don't remember exactly what sparked my interest in blogging back in 2012. I do, however, remember that one of my first posts was about Pi Day. An entire post. This was my premium content, folks. #NoRegrets

Then I created a music blog for a college blogging course, and even though it was for class credit, I still found so much joy in blogging about music. I might revive it one day. Music blogging is too much fun!

When I discovered blogging, I think the draw was always the writing, and then the love of the design and photography elements came later. But I never imagined the community that existed, and was even more amazed and delighted to find other people who loved writing and who were also writing novels, or music. And I think that what keeps me blogging after all these years is connecting with that community and also having a space to say anything.

Enter the announcement portion of this post:
Now that I'm 25, it feels like it's time to start a new project.

Groundbreaking title, eh?

This may sound bafflingly like a blog breakup post, but it's not. I'm still going to be blogging at Acoustic Erin, but I'm also going to be posting more frequent thoughts to a new side blog, The 25 Project. The idea is to post snippets of my 25th year in a more candid journal form. The project reminds me of what I love most about blogging - sharing bits of life - and I wanted to chronicle my 25th year, anyway. More on that here.

What about you?

Have you ever had multiple blogs? What sparked your passion for blogging, and what keeps you writing? And what is one thing you're excited about this weekend?
Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018


When I was young, I wrote a letter to my 25-year-old self,
to be read when I was older and wiser.

Yesterday, the day before my 25th birthday, I went looking for that letter, hoping to find musings from middle school me - but alas, no luck. What I did find, under my bed, in no particular order: Letters from campers, lunch box notes from my mom, a fuzzy stick-on mustache, old songwriting notebooks, doodles from high school friends, all of my old journals and an exclusive interview, written on my old typewriter, with my best friend from first grade. 

I have always suspected I had a hoarding problem, but this confirmed it.

Even though I don't know what my younger self had to say, 
I do hope she would be proud.

I guess I always thought 25 was super adult, super mature. (To be fair, I resisted wearing the stick-on mustache.) So maybe we always think that we will have it more together at some future date. I've come to realize that everyone's always learning. 

One thing that hasn't changed at 25? My love for red velvet cake.

So far the lead-up to 25 has been wonderful: Outback with the family, pink vinyl, quiet weekend mornings, cups of green tea, surprise cupcakes (the best kind of cupcakes). 

And now, it's finally here.


Odes to 24, 23, 22, and 21 also available for your viewing pleasure in the archives.

But wait! I need your recommendations!

Y'all, I need all the recommendations for books and movies and music to listen to in September. Enlighten me with your knowledge! And thanks for reading!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sunday Simplicity

I have to say, Sundays are the best.

I know that at times they can be stressful, because the next day is Monday, with the rest of the week just around the corner. But there's something beautiful to me about those quiet Sunday moments, something wonderful about that reflective pause right before the week begins.

This weekend, I went up to the writing cabin.

Just to spend some time offline helped me feel so renewed. Sitting on the porch and relaxing and visiting a coffee shop where I could look ahead at the week and plan...that was wonderful. And that's what I feel on Sundays, that anticipation of the next week and a contented sort of peace.

Sunday favorites:

The Sunday morning paper; early morning runs to see the sunrise; church with the family; the highly-anticipated and super lazy Sunday Afternoon Nap; watching movies with the family and catching up on blogs; prepping for the week ahead; reading and drinking tea. Sundays are the jam, folks.

What about you?

What is your favorite kind of Sunday? Do you have any fun routines that you follow on the weekend? What are you looking forward to this week? P.S. Thanks so much for all your sweet comments on my last post. Y'all rock.