(happy birthday, my turn to talk!)
One year ago today, I started my little blog.
I did lots of things wrong:
~ I made the posts way too long. I'm pretty quiet in real life, but I tend to ramble in Blogville.
~ I really didn't have a focus. Successful bloggers build a following by sticking to one subject. Not me.
~ I talked about my childhood and the "good old days" which of course nobody really cares about. Just ask my kids.
But along the way, I somehow gained some loyal followers and made some good friends.
Let's see ... there's Fran, who was one of my very first followers. She is an English teacher - which would automatically make her one of my favorite people anyway. She's also hysterically funny, in a dry British sort of way.
Then there's Amanda, who could not be more different from me - and yet, we seem to understand each other perfectly. Where else could that work out, except in Blogville? Amanda doesn't know it yet, but she will be writing a best-selling cookbook one day. Count on it.
There's The Retired One, who helped me learn how to be funny without rambling so much, and who has the funniest police reports in the entire world. (not to mention the most beautiful photographs)
There's Lily, a sweet and supportive friend who will be publishing a book very soon. Her Bloggy friends will all rush to buy a copy! Me included, of course.
There's Rae, a former nurse who really should have been a writer all along. She finds the best topics to write about! I find it hard not to steal her ideas on a daily basis.
My newest friends include Ellie, who writes amazing poetry, and Anni, who is a fellow Texan, and Plainolebob, who has just about the most unique blog I have ever read.
I'm sure I'm leaving people out - and I do apologize. I haven't even mentioned the family members and "real" friends who read my ramblings and laugh along and tell me to keep going.
My point is, I expected blogging to be all about the words. The stories. The serious, introspective thoughts from the pit of my deep, black subconscious.
But it ended up being all about you. My friends. In real life and in Blogville.
Thank you for reading.
I love you all.
I hope you'll stick with me for another year.