It's been a decade now. I "posted" this trade that I received from Kerry at the Cards on Cards blog (who has been at this blogging thing a lot longer than I have) and this blog was born.
While the desire to write now isn't as strong as it once was, the desire to collect is still there and is just as strong as it was on 7/23/11.
Something I thought about when starting to write this post was that just before I started the blog, I had also recently joined a website devoted to cards. Unfortunately it took me several years to really get going on the site and figure out how to use it. I joined the trading card database site on 7/18/11, 5 days before my first post. Just imagine how many trades I would have completed if I had the knowledge then that I have now. I'm at 445 transactions completed and hopefully sometime this week I'll hit the 450 mark.