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Yesterday’s post was my 100th post on this blog. I didn’t notice it until after I hit publish.
I think I started this blog last June, not having any idea what I was doing, but knowing that I wanted to be writing. Something. I thought I would be one of those funny bloggers, but it hasn’t turned out that way, I think. Some of my posts have some humor in them, but most are more serious or introspective or sad. I do know that if you had asked me last June, I would have thought – 100 posts?!? Are you crazy? I don’t have that much to blather on about. (Well, some of the people who know me IRL would say that I should have had 100 posts by August of last year, but still…)
I read/subscribe to a bunch of blogs myself. I envy their wit and humor and eloquence and depth, but while I love their writing, I don’t know how to write any other way. The way I write is the way I am – I tend to just put stuff out there and let the chips fall. I would rather be “real” than sugar coat stuff. (And, for clarification, I don’t believe the people whose blogs I follow are being fake; just in general life, I get frustrated with people who spend all their time carefully choosing their words so as to not offend people. The bloggers I follow all tend to do the same as I do.)
One thing that gets me though is the frequency with which I see, in other blogs, mentions of the number of drafts, and how much time is spent editing and re-reading. THAT is when I wonder if I am doing something wrong. I wonder if I should have more drafts. Or if I should take a long time, rereading and word-smithing. I do neither now. Maybe my readership would be better if I did. Maybe not.
There have been a bunch of blogs that I’ve seen lately where they talk about how many visitors they have daily, or how many hits they have, or they compare themselves to other bloggers. I think I do that to a point – I check to see what my “counter” is up to, but for the most part, I don’t dwell on it. (I do love to see the counter thing go up; I squee a little every time. ) In actuality, I would guess I have about 10 people who regularly stop by. But that’s okay. I love that *anyone* stops by. A huge THANK YOU to you if you are reading this.
So, about 10 months in, and 100 posts later, onward. I hope to keep improving and to keep you coming back. And I hope the days where I post something to go into the “don’t even bother to read this” category become few and far between.
Thank you again. Here’s to 100 more.
2010/02/24 at 8:14 pm
Congratulations!! 100 posts!! I, too, just hit #100 without noticing (two posts ago) and this seems far less impressive when I mention that in three months my blog will be two years old. HEH.
What I love most about your blog is that you are 100% all you, without pretense or fakenattery (I JUST MADE UP THIS WORD AND I LIKE IT!). Debra’s word is really quite spot on to describe your blog (and you): utterly charming.
I am like you in that I am often seriously puzzled by the things a lot of other bloggers obsess about. I think part of that is because my blog is kinda different, and my approach to blogging is kinda different in that I really write to amuse myself and my close circle of friends. That anyone else has decided to come along for the ride amazes me and is totally gravy. But I’m as satisfied with my efforts the same whether I get a 150 hits or two, as long as I make you laugh or Jared laugh, etc. I worry sometimes that I should probably care a little bit more what the world in general thinks…but then I end up just shrugging and saying “EFF THAT.”
So on that note, in my own opinion, you are doing it all EXACTLY RIGHT. 100 more please! And then 100 more after that and so on and so forth!
2010/02/24 at 8:22 pm
You make me laugh with every single post!
I’m like you – I do this more for my own amusement than anything. The fact that people actually read it?? YAY!
2010/02/23 at 7:17 pm
Congratulations on your 101st post! (and for the 100th as well!)
I am definitely one of those write, edit, delete, write, edit, edit, delete, write, edit, publish people. I tend to spew forth great volumes and then go back through to get rid of all the unnecessary words later. And then, I read it aloud in my head and listen for flow and rhythm. It’s amazing how changing a two-syllable word to a one-syllable word or vice versa, etc. can help the way something reads.
But that’s me. I’m a nut case.
Your posts are lovely and insightful and charming. Don’t change a thing. And yes! Here’s to 100 more!
2010/02/24 at 9:47 am
Thank you. And you are also one of my favorite regular visitors. That means so much. Perhaps if I spent more time editing, I could end up with posts as lovely and soothing as yours. I’ll work on that.