A year in the life of a blogger

Posted on July 25, 2008. Filed under: Culture, Musings, Philosophy |

So, it’s my bloggiversary today. I’ve had this blog for a year, now, and I am a changed person for it.

When I first started the blog, every time I posted, I quickly clicked on WordPress’ “Latest Posts” section to see my little avatar and title there. πŸ˜‰ I found out you have to be fast, because there are a lot of posts coming along. Then, I’d check out a WordPress category my post should be listed under, to see how much of my post would show up. I fantasized being a blogsurfer there, and tried to figure out if I’d want to read my own post. πŸ˜• I don’t do these things any more (well, hardly ever), but I do check my stats, like, 12 times a day, and then promptly forget what they are!

Every single time I hit that “Publish” button, a thrill—of fear and anticipation; of accomplishment and fulfillment—goes through me. Even if the post’s just a quiz or a meme, I still have that reaction. If it’s something I’ve poured my heart and soul into, even more of one. I have to actually get up and leave my office for a few minutes, and not look at the latest post for a while in that case. I thought this reaction would eventually wear off. While there is nothing quite like that first post on a brand new, clean blog, I haven’t come to take posting for granted. Before MusEditions, I’d played around with a couple of “home pages” on my email client, but never really took to it. I’d never tried social networking, either.

Quite honestly, I didn’t come here to be social. I’d guessed, correctly as it turns out, that seeing my writing up on a “website-looking thing” would stimulate me to write more than I had been, and I wanted to do that. I saw some other people’s posts getting quite a few comments, and others not many. I vaguely wondered if people would comment on my posts, and what I would do if they did. I didn’t realize that this sort of interaction would change my life (yet again) and that I’d take to it like a duck to water!

The manifestations have often been startling:Β  Blog friendships come and go. Now, while this is not news, the “how” of it all has been fascinating to watch. Some blogships burn brightly for several weeks or months, and then just quietly burn out. With others, we find we no longer meet each other’s needs/expectations/moral standards/world view, and you—or I—move on. Then there are those who start off blogging with great enthusiasm. They post and exude and I’m fascinated, and think “This one’s a keeper!” After a while, blogging loses its freshness; its initial appeal. Perhaps it becomes more time consuming than they thought, or their topics don’t interest them as much, or they have writer’s block or a shortage of ideas. Often, they’ve gotten a new job, a new relationship, or a change in the state of their health. For whatever reason, they either drift off, or just stop abruptly. I find these the saddest, somehow.

Certainly no one is obligated to blog. It’s an outlet for some, an experiment for others. It’s not for everyone. I know plenty of people who just don’t get it:

Well, are you like, a journalist, or something?

Isn’t that just putting your personal diary up on the web for all the world to see?

Why don’t you just write your thoughts in a word processing program and then publish them or something?

What do you mean, comments are cool?

As I said, it’s not for everyone. I don’t collect coins, for instance, but I can see why someone would value that activity: join a club; go to conventions; meet other coin enthusiasts. I have some interests like that, too. With blogging, though, we can share all our interests in one place. As I’m basically an introvert that can spend many happy hours alone doing various things on the computer, it just suits me. I’ve written before about how amazingly wonderful it is to get to know people from all over the world I wouldn’t have met otherwise. The magic and wonder of that opportunity remains.

So as I complete my first year here on WordPress, I’d like to acknowledge some of the people who have contributed greatly to my experience. These first are those few who were around when I first started blogging, and remain my blogging companions a year later:

cjwriter.Β  What can I say about cj? He’s an old soul in a young body, as you’ll see if you read his poetry and stories. He’s a good and supportive friend. He’s also given me more tips about blogging and life than he realizes.

davidya. A spiritual seeker who writes so well and so convincingly he actually gets me to reconsider my position! He investigates many things which interest me, and presents them eloquently.

Deirdra. I started reading her blog before I started blogging. She showed me what a blog could be and how one can express through it. I don’t think she knows she showed me that—she does now.

Felipe, a spiritual quester, is a curious, talented (he can dance! he can sing!) seeker who knows more about travel and life than I can assimilate in one lifetime.

MrGnome is a scientist and musician (a great combination in my opinion!) He’s interested in a lot of spiritual things, and in finding out the truth about governments. He drops in now and then with his engaging humor and insight.

Poetman. Our friendship started over a misunderstanding, and has since unfolded like a flower.

raincoaster is queen of blogging, forum queen, and queen of pretty much anything she wants to be. She has helped me with my forum questions and entertained me endlessly on her own blog.

Rich, of The Sacred Path. Originally a forum friend, his quiet spirituality remains in the background of my thoughts.

Rikard must first have found me in the comments over at Deirdra’s place. He’s a terrific game designer and musician, but I most appreciate his philosophical perspective. (And I love to hear him play his horns.)

sulz. An amazing person in many ways. So much so, that I used my invited guest post on her blog to talk about her.

timethief. We initially found qualities we liked in each other, and were able to support each other through some emotional turning points. She is now diversifying; she still touches my life.

yogini just showed up one day. From whence I do not know. She inspires me, challenges me, and reassures me. For this I am grateful.

Anthony North, B0bbyG, dissfunktional, ellaella, joanharvest, joyfulseeker, Kate, katm, kaylee, Magik Quilter, Ronnie Ann, stonehead, teeveebee, thebeadden, walkingbetween, Will Rhodes: I now cannot imagine my blogging life without you—You just are of slightly more recent vintage! πŸ™‚

There are a few folks I’ve been aware of for some time, but we’ve interacted more recently:

Ian, of Letters Home to You; Moonbeam McQueen; and Grace of The Wild Pomegranate

One or two have been somewhat “missing in action” lately. I miss them, but there are signs they may be back:

abbydonkrafts (my first commenter!) Colourful Vision (who taught me some French!) Juan (who agrees with me about human interaction!) Netty Gritty (who makes me laugh. a lot.) RubyShooz (who continues to teach me about peace.)

And there are a few folks I’ve just met very recently. I don’t know where these will go, but that’s part of the fun of blogging: abritdiffernt, Creative Expressions, CuriousC, kyknoord, and Shane

I’m looking at changing some things on this blog in the next few weeks, and I’m actually considering joining a couple of social networks. (gasp!) Thank you, all of you, for enhancing, enriching, and enchanting my life in ways I couldn’t have imagined just a year ago. Bloggers rock!


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Awww, thank you! If I were a real queen (someday, someday) I would knight you! Or at least dame you, whatever that is; I’m sure it’s nicer than it sounds!

happy bloggiversary! *thrusts portuguese egg tarts and macau souvenirs to you* it’s great to read how much you still enjoy blogging after a year of doing it. hopefully it will be equally as enjoyable and fulfilling many years later! i love the way you write and your interests, while may not be the same as mine, has broaden my mind to such topics. πŸ™‚

Hey, congrats. Here’s to many more years of tappity-tap-tap (and as long as it continues to be fun, it will always be worthwhile).

Congratulations and interesting that we started at the same time…..I later deleted my earlier ones as unlike you I freaked a bit and took a while to get my flow going…..the posts were fine….just big gaps between them. I have only just really understood what CJ meant about the google search engines finding you if you keep up the posts etc. You have not had any long gaps have you……just started and went running from there.

I always look forward to your posts and am honoured and delighted to call you a blog pal and friend.

Wow! Well done, you have definitely kept this baby running with excellence. I wish you many more to come, and you’ve just scored yourself a new faithful member in me!

Happy Bloggiversary! I wish you many many more to come! Even as a newer reader, I look forward to seeing your new posts and am definitely going to keep coming back! πŸ™‚

Congratulations!! I’m glad you referred to me as recent vintage and not that dumbass Joanharvest. πŸ™‚ I am very glad we found each other. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts. Your take on life and your surroundings is very much like mine though I tend not to write too much about those things on my blog. Maybe someday I’ll let people see that other side of me. I actually do have a serious side to me. I love your appreciation of nature and the universe.

“As I’m basically an introvert that can spend many happy hours alone doing various things on the computer, it just suits me.”

That’s me in a “nutshell”, seriously!!

Well, I’ll be damed! To be damed by you would be an honor. Or knighted, or whatever you like…after all you’re the queen! Long Live Queen raincoaster!

Yum, Portuguese Egg Tarts! Looks like you’ve discovered a local treat. And yes, me wants me souvenirs, yay! Thank you, thank you sulz! “broaden my mind” —that’s a real compliment I take to heart. I look forward to your “Tales from the Macau side”, and just to you, everyday. πŸ™‚

Thanks much, kyknoord. You have hit upon the operative word, “fun”. I’m just having the best time!

The honor is quite reciprocated, Magik, I value you tremendously. I didn’t realize we started near the same time! I had my freaky moments, I assure you. I just got most of them out of the way before I actually posted something publicly. I read a blog newsletter for a year before I signed up for WordPress. Then, I wrote 10 posts in 5 categories before I “unchecked” the “private blog” button. (A bit obsessive perhaps, but oh, well.)

That just makes me quite delighted, Tazzy. I’m pleased to have you on board, thank you very much! πŸ™‚

I’m glad, Shane, thank you! I find your perspective unique and refreshing. To be looked forward to—that’s so nice! πŸ˜›

Well, Joan, I’d seriously considered it, but, ultimately decided that having a “dumbass” category didn’t fit the image of my blog. (Haha)! πŸ˜‰ Thank you for your friendship, and sharing your perspective. I agree, we have much in common, which is quite delightful. Hmmm…{waves fingers, perhaps slightly menacingly, in front of face. speaks with a slightly transylvanian accent}: “Someday we shall expose the inner workings of the mind of Joan…muahahaha!”

I’m glad I helped inspire you to blog. It means a lot to me.

Congratulations on your first year of blogging, Muse. I’m honored to be on such a fine list of bloggers. I’m even more honored to call you my friend.

I have always enjoyed your posts and even more seeing the gradual evolution of your blog and your topics. You’ve opened my eyes to many different ideas and experiences and even if we come at things from a different perspective at times, it’s fascinating to see your point of view. You have a truly wonderful blog; I look forward to seeing it continue to grow.

Blogging is such a liberating experience and it’s definitely not something everyone gets… particularly family and friends! But that’s what makes it special as well; other bloggers understand what it’s like and that’s what makes the community so close. I mean, where else can you find people from all over the world discussing their thoughts and ideas so openly? It’s a unique experience and that’s what makes it great.

So here’s to your next year! May it be even better than the last. πŸ˜‰

Happy bloggiversary, Muse! I hope there will be many more. I want to thank you for blogging and sharing so many interesting experiences with us. Giving us things to think about that maybe we wouldn’t have before. Opening us up to other ideas and possibilities.

I personally want to thank you for accepting me for who I am, warts and all. I do feel you are a bit of a teacher/guide here on earth, an old soul of sorts. You pushed me back to the things I learned in my childhood but for many years had shoved aside.

I know I’m not the only one who is happy to have found your blog. So, thanks and have a great day!

HI Sweetie! What a SWEET post. I think it’s great. Happy BLogoversary (which doesn’t look right = how do you spell that) I”m not logged in and I’m sitting here in the dark – I can’t see my keybd… Anyway, hi! and I wish you the best. My year in about 3 wks away. I promise to come by and see you more reg. I have yet to put you in my google=reader which makes it super easy to catch the latest… and I feel like I’m a lousy commenter -or. whatever. blog at ya later! – “C”

Happy Anniversary, Muse. I enjoyed your post and was honored to see you actually mentioned me in your list of new friends. Blogging has been one big learning experience for me, too. It also keeps me writing, which has been a blessing.

Keep up the good work!

What a fantastic post! I had to come out of my temporary hiding place to wish you a very happy bloggiversary! How nice to be mentioned here, and in such great company.

This sums up the whole blogging experience so nicely. I wish you many more years of joy doing it, and am so glad that you’re here.

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Muse…thank you for allowing me a place in your circle…even though I am not the best kind of blog friend…I don’t stop by often enough…maybe someday I will…one of my favorite things about you is your brilliant knack for cutting through the thickness of my poetries metaphors, and making a simple comment about the heart of its intention…Be Well…Poetman

Awwe nice post and congrat I love reading your stuff!

Deirdra, what you share, and how you share it is indeed inspirational. You have a unique voice.

cj, and I, you, my friend. 8) You’ve followed the changes on my journey; that’s really nice! We do have some different approaches to things, but that’s what makes communication interesting and discussion rewarding. I have learned much from you, sometimes in startling ways. I very much value the unexpected shift in perspective you often provide. Thank you. It means a great deal to me that you enjoy my posts. I appreciate the point you make about the community of bloggers. We all understand the attraction of blogging, and can support each other in that. Thanks again, cj, for supporting me and my foray into this strange and fascinating world, and for your wishes for the next year. Wow, if it exceeds this one, I may explode! πŸ˜‰

Oh, beadden, l’m greatly moved by your good wishes! It has truly been a great pleasure getting to know you, and I look forward to many more interactions. Warts!?! What warts? I see you as an excellent writer, a creative crafter, and a caring investigative reporter. πŸ™‚ I love that I never know what to expect on your blog. It could be an amazing beaded creation, or a thought-provoking and well-researched political opinion piece; a recipe; a garden. I like that last one—your posts are a garden of unexpected delights! As for me being a teacher/guide, I am both humbled and gratified by that assessment.

Awww, C ! Not many people call me “sweetie” these days! How lovely. Since it’s not a real word, I think you can spell it any way you want! πŸ˜‰ You typed very well for being in the dark. What are you doing in the dark? I haven’t come to see you as much as I intend to, either, but I pledge to do better. I really do enjoy your writing. And, keep in mind, this is a “no obligation” blog. You’ve left some great comments, and I’m delighted to see you anytime.

Thank you, teeveebee! I appreciate the good wishes. You make me laugh, and you make me think. What more could I ask? This is surely a wonderful learning experience for me as well. I don’t know what it is about having the blog that stimulates me to write more than I otherwise ever have. It’s good to know it affects you that way, too.

Moonbeam, thank you for emerging briefly, and for your good wishes. I have thought of you, and hope all is well. I’m so pleased to be getting to know you better. What a nice thing you said about summarizing the blogging experience! Take good care. I am glad for your presence, as well. πŸ™‚

Hey, p-man, what do they say about quality being more important than quantity? πŸ˜‰ In any event, I am ever aware of you, which means you impact my life. Which speaks volumes. Well, I do comment on the ones that light up a molecule of understanding and hope within me. Your achingly beautiful words betray both vulnerability and strength. And well wishes to you.

Thanks so much for the greetings, kaylee. It makes me happy that you enjoy what you read here. I keep checking in on you as well! πŸ˜€

Hello Muse. I am honored to be on your list! My blogging experience has mirrored yours in so many ways. You are truly a ‘muse’. I must say that publishing my blog has been one of the most surprising ventures I have undertaken. I began purely on a whim and it’s now taken on a life of it’s own. I look forward many more interactions, with you, and the WWW! Amen & Om.

Well – what can I say to you my dear friend?

Of course I hope that you have great happiness. You have deeply inspired me, Muse – I think I have told you that on a few occasions, and I sincerely mean it.

I know I am a day late in this post – but that is perfectly normal for me – I will always be the last one to arrive at the party, lol.

But, I hope that you do keep blogging, Muse – I, for one, wish you all the very best! And a happy, albeit belated, blogiversary!!!

Happy Bloggiversary!

I am such a fan of you and your brain. (Not that I believe the two are separate entities.) You’ve added much to the cyber-zeitgeist. Your posts never fail to amuse or bemuse. And of course this one was especially enjoyable because you mentioned me. πŸ˜‰

Have started consulting again at the university and am spending even less time in blogland. But so glad I stopped by in time to catch this momentous event!

Happy blogging trails to you, ME.


Isn’t it just the most amazing process, yogini? I continue to learn much from you; you explore places I don’t even think to go. Thank you for your good wishes! Peace.

Ahhh, dear Will. I feel I’ve known you for a long time, and I mean that in the best way. You have told me that I inspire you, and I can’t tell you how honored I am by that. You are a remarkably creative and open-minded individual, and the sheer variety of your posts amazes me. I am a registered voter in the US, and I shall vote, but I really don’t like digging into politics; I’m grateful you do, it helps me to know things I otherwise would not. And you’re not late, I decided to party all weekend with this one! Wheee! πŸ˜‰

Thank you Ronnie Ann, of course I mentioned you! πŸ™‚ Yes, I’ll continue clippity clapping along. I don’t know…sometimes it seems I and my brain part company (for brief periods) so I shall accept your fanship for both of us! πŸ˜‰ I am pleased for you about the consulting work; of course they are lucky to have YOU! (speaking of brains). But, drat, I so love it when you blog.

Happy (belated) bloggiversary!

This post is excellent. Some very nice insights into your perspective on blogging. I love the shout-outs too. What a lot of blog buddies you have!

Thank you, thank you B0bby. The party’s still going, glad you could drop by. I am just the most fortunate person to have such wonderful people at the party all year long. I always look forward to your visits and your posts. You are a likable lad; funny, entertaining, and smart. Lucky for me!

You most appreciate my philosophical perspective? Odd. You can’t have had much of that, since I tend to stay away from commenting on that kind of posts (with only the occasional “hello, I read this”).

I think you’ve let more slip out than you realize, Rikard. I’ve gotten some gems from you, honestly. And you’ve made me think. πŸ™‚

I’m so sorry that this is a belated congratulations. It’s heart felt nevertheless. Best wishes for even better blogging in your next year. πŸ™‚

Thank you, timethief, and I do feel your heart, always! And, you’re not late to the party; you bring the party with you. Take care!

Happy bloggiversary!! Sorry a tad belated! πŸ™‚ This is a lovely post. Especially the bit where people don’t get blogging! Very apt for me right now…wish some one who spoke to me the other day saw this! πŸ˜€

Thank you very much Apar! Yes, only two people in my “real life” (that’s meant tongue-in-cheek) know I have a blog (as far as I know) and I had this discussion with one of them the other day: “But, they’re not REAL!”…”Are too!” (OK, so that wasn’t much of a discussion!) πŸ˜‰

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