A year on, and still a nobody…

18 Jun

As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m not really one for celebrating my own birthday to any great extent. But today is kind of a special anniversary for me.


It is exactly one year to the day that I published the first post in the Diary of an Internet Nobody, and there is nobody more surprised than me that after 111 posts, 10,980 blog hits, 661 comments, 504 likes, and last but most certainly not least, 135 followers, I’m still here, and you’re still there.
And I’m loving it more by the day.

Somehow in the intervening 364 days, the very first post has been inadvertently deleted, but from what I remember it went something along the lines of:

Right, here goes…
Today I started writing a blog.
I have no idea what it’s going to be about, so you’ll have to bear with me.
Because this isn’t just the first blog I’ve attempted, it’s the first writing of any kind I’ve tried my hand at.

I’m sure there are thousands of real writers out there just ready to stride straight out into the virtual firmament fully formed bloggers, able to dispense literary wisdom from their lofty academic eyries.
But I don’t have that springboard to catapult me into the blogosphere…

And so on.


Well, I don’t think I mis-sold myself, do you?
I mean, I still have no idea what I’m doing really.
I don’t know what each post is going to be about until I sit down to write it, with the exception of the only real thread that runs through the blog, the Picture this… posts (the feedback from which I’m very grateful for)

And I’m still resolutely themeless


I’ve met some great new people in the huge blogging community, one of whom was of course the main inspiration for my starting the blog in the first place.

I’ve read some amazing stories on their blogs too.

I’ve been interviewed! Me!

So I’d just like to thank all of you that have read, followed or shared the blog, and tell you that I’m not planning on stopping anytime soon.

One thing I do know is that we shall be making our annual pilgrimage to the excellent Chagstock festival in July, and I will bring you all the highlights from that weekend.


And speaking of weekends, the Centre for Fortean Zoology are holding their annual Weird Weekend in August, which I made one of my early blog trips to last year.
At that gathering of the Odd Squad my friend, Pink Headed Duck afficionado, novelist and  occasional blog contributer, Zippy (Richard Thorns) was speaking at the event. And this year another friend of mine, artist and DJ Shaun Histed-Todd is giving a talk, so I shall once again be mixing with the strange but friendly inhabitants of Oddland.

Other than that, it’s more of the same. That is to say, not much which is the same, but that’s what’s the same.

If you’ve been reading for this long, that probably makes sense.


Oh, and I’m still working on that keyword search problem…


Posted by on June 18, 2013 in aardvark, Blogging, Personal anecdote


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15 responses to “A year on, and still a nobody…

  1. Zippy

    June 18, 2013 at 23:27

    Hippy bath-day, Dale, you deserve every (pink-headed) duck-billed platitude!!!!!
    Your posts have been refreshing and entertaining; poignant and informative – everything a blogger should be!! Will you be at the Weird Weekend then, because it might be the chance to stick the car in 5th gear at 3000rpm and trust to luck. With my warmest wishes on this fab milestone. Zippy.

  2. Ron

    June 19, 2013 at 00:25

    Happy One Year Birth-Anniversary Day, Dale!

    It’s funny because a few years after I started my blog, I went back and read the first post I had ever written. It’s strange because when I read it, I realized how much my voice had changed; getting bolder and more open as the years progressed.

    And still, after over 6 years, my blog still keeps changing and morphing. But that’s what a blog is supposed to do – change and morph as we do.

    So glad you came over and introduced yourself a month ago. It’s been a joy reading your blog and getting to know you.

    Wishing you the best in upcoming year!

    • dalecooper57

      June 19, 2013 at 05:24

      Thanks Ron, that means a lot coming from an old hand such as yourself. I shall try to maintain my output and increase the quality.

  3. melanie jean juneau

    June 19, 2013 at 00:26

    but a very interesting nobody

  4. iancochrane

    June 19, 2013 at 11:27

    Are yes. It really is something in this royal realm of oddland!
    Happy birthday Dale.
    Cheers, ic

  5. J. G. Burdette

    June 19, 2013 at 15:45

    Happy blogiversary!

    • dalecooper57

      June 19, 2013 at 20:37

      Wow, link frenzy. Thanks Carol, your sites look really good. And I love the tease for the chair. You must send a full shot when it’s available. More colourful than the stuff I used to sell, that’s for sure.

  6. jerseylil

    June 20, 2013 at 07:37

    Happy One Year Blog Birthday, Dale! Love the colorful collages you made here. I’ve been enjoying your blog immensely. Maybe you were not much of a writer until you began blogging, but you have very good writing skills, and a thoroughly entertaining and refreshing style that is perfect for blogging.

    Well, I think it’s OK to be themeless, in fact, perhaps “themeless” can actually be a theme! Looking forward to your upcoming posts on the Chagstock festival and the Weird Weekend with the “strange but friendly inhabitants of Oddland.”

    Glad to have met you in the blogosphere too, and delighted you are not stopping anytime soon! Btw, that’s one handsome aardvark. I remember your New Year’s post about adopting aardvarks and everybody loving aardvarks. It was one of the first posts I read on your blog. Who can forget that wrinkly cutie!


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