Though I first started blogging about five years ago on other topics (thank you to those of you who have been with me from the beginning), this landmark is feeling extra special. I am having a blast, bursting with ideas, and, accomplishing exactly what I set out to do: uncover the dark underbelly of home-ownership with hard-hitting journalism.
As this day has approached, I’ve been wondering, how should I celebrate this momentous occasion? Here’s what I think I (and all bloggers) should do for a blog-iversary:
Eat embarrassing amounts of cake. (Think: Carrot Cake, German Chocolate, or maybe some Oreo Cheesecake a la the nervous cook). Present this to yourself a-flame with lots of candles, and maybe even a full-on fireworks display – hey, this is a big deal. (A much bigger deal than, say, your own upcoming birthday, which you are trying to ignore/de-emphasize/cope with/forgo.) (Though of course that avoidance can’t be entirely genuine if you you’re willing to blab about it parenthetically.)
Thank your readers. After all, without them, this would be just a diary with pictures. Well, a blog (such as this one) really pretty much is a diary with pictures, no matter how you slice it, but it’s more like a diary you left open on the school lunch table, unlocked, just begging for people to read it, and they sure enough took the bait. Thanks!
Thank your commenters. They help to make your space more of a forum than a soapbox. They give your solipsism a community feel. And they actually do make the universe seem a teeny bit smaller. Give a shout-out to your most avid commenters i.e. your brother, who, as of this writing, has concocted no less than 55 pseudonyms in an effort to amuse and obfuscate. Your cat’s out of the bag, “Ge-gnome-ist”, a.k.a. “Ashton Kutchner”, a.k.a. “Grasso Orso”.
Thank your nearest and dearest. Chances are high that your spouse, partner, sister, roommate and/or best friend have demonstrated great patience in regards to your weird obsession with documenting the minutiae of your life. They may have also provided artwork (thanks Rob, and double thanks for the fancy animated gif, above – I was was kidding when I requested that!), editing skills (thanks Rob for your typo tae kwon do), and expert cheerleading services (again, thanks Rob, you are a pompon pro).
Give ample credit to your equipment. Props to your computer, your cameras (old and new), and wordpress. You really couldn’t do any of this without them, and they have been very cooperative. (Except for those few times, when they weren’t.)
Reach an impressive number of posts and brag about it. This should ideally be a nice round number, but if you don’t quite reach your original goal, just pretend that whatever number it turns out to be was actually your goal all along. For example, THIS IS MY
100th 97th POST, woo hoo! (Really, I meant to to reach 97 posts by today…)
And finally, take a day off. Spend one entire day without checking your stats, snapping a photo for a future post, commenting on other peoples blogs, or brainstorming ideas. It’s healthy to take a break and get some distance every once in a while. Okay, never mind, scratch this last one, because we all know it’s just not going to happen!
In all seriousness, THANK YOU FOR READING. My writing life has had many phases and this one is incredibly gratifying.
What are you going to do for your next blog-iversary?