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…