Sunday, July 16, 2006

Has It Been A Year?

Oy. It’s been exactly one year today when I first started blogging. I even used emoticons on my first post! I started blogging after I wrote my first book, so that I could keep up with it. Either something would happen to me, and I’d bitch and moan about it, or just vent about my life…which many people do.

I wrote, and I wrote, and I wrote, and not one comment. I never knew people were reading my stuff until I put a sitemeter on. I started visiting other blogs, and realized that there were many talented writers pouring their hearts out. I had to comment, because some of the material I read out there was just amazing. I always thought having a ‘personal diary’ online, was sort of juvenile; something a teeny-bopper would do. Blogging opened my eyes up to a whole new world of amateur and professional writing.

I’ve met so many wonderful people through this forum, and I have read some incredible experiences that others go through. I was quite surprised of how many people shared such intimate details of their life. Then I started doing it myself. Stories regarding my family’s history, (which I needed permission from, unless I wanted to get thrown into the Hudson River with two cement shoes on…) stories that focused on my horrific time in the dating pool, as well as personal feelings regarding certain things in particular in a subliminal manner. (Meaning it was directed at 'someone'…but it wasn’t in ‘black and white’…)

A lot of you stuck with me as I raved on like a lunatic with topics that ranged from religion, to lesbianism, to mafia related stories, as well as my feelings for my partner. You’ve stuck by me even when I was going through my depressive and manic phases, as well as my PMS days. You heard all about my phobias, my OCD, my anxiety attacks and listened to me as I ranted on like a freak on speed.

Your comments helped me through some difficult times. Your encouraging words kept me moving forward; seeing things in a different light. I’ve never met such intelligent and compassionate people. It’s rare to find those two ingredients in a lot of folks.

So this post is dedicated to all my readers, my lurkers, as well as all the friends I made in person through this blog. This also goes out to those who had different views and beliefs who challenged me to the very end—you let me see a different side of the spectrum, which is always a wonderful thing. I let you into my life...and you let me into yours.

Thanks for a great year!

24 comments:

Valkyrie said...

No problem. It's nice knowing there is someone at least as neurotic as me!

I'm not a Christian, but you make me think about giving Jesus another chance.

CP said...

Congrats on your Blogaversary, Dollface! I am so glad to be in that tight circle of friends. I am even more thrilled to have met you and spent time with you and Mad. A night I shall NEVER forget! You have been a great source of strength to me, as a friend, as a writer and as a woman. I thank God for the day our paths crossed because I know I ended up with a friend for life.

I love you, Deb...and I am so happy that you write and write and write so I can read and read and read.

Here's to many more years of your unique neuroses and various other disorders.

Heathen. *L*

CP.

Grant said...

Happy Blogiversary. I completely forgot that I just passed the two year mark. We'll see if Saur's observation that many bloggers lose interest after a year holds true for you. =)

Russ said...

Happy Anniversary! (I'm not going to say the B-word because others already have)

I personally love your blog. I never know if I'm going to get a thought-provoking post, a rant or a funny story. Keep doing all three, and good luck with the next year!

~Deb said...

Thanks guys! You're the best! Hopefully I won't lose interest anytime soon.

The Stevo in H-Town said...

We adopted ya a cupla months after ya come aboard...and you returned the favor...You KNOW WE luvya, darlin'...


Friends fer Life..
Da Boyz atda Jammy..

Bossy♥'s YOU said...

well happy annivesary..

I only found you a few months ago, but it was love at first sight..hehe

here is to another great year..or 10:)

Madelene Rose said...

ur blog rocks and i enjoy reading :)

hoping that u dont lose interest makes me feel that ure starting to.... I HOPE NOT!

ciao bello!

Casually Me said...

One year. Wow. Longer than both of my marriages together, well not legally...but in the heart...

Tense Teacher said...

I know I'm a newbie here, but I'm so glad I found your blog, and I look forward to many more years of seeing what you have to say. You always have such a positive point of view about everything, and I just adore that about you.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

My goodness, Deb, you are the third person I have encountered today who is celebrating the anniversary of their first year of blogging! What happened back in July of 2005? I special muse must have been circling the world!

Congratulations on your first blogaversary! You’re doing a great job!

steff81 said...

Congrats! I'm coming up on my one year too (at the end of the month) and I can't believe how fast the time has flown by.

I always enjoy stopping by and seeing what this OCD Christian lesbian has going on. It makes my life seem not so crazy...and I mean that in a good way!

Anyway, I'm grateful to have had some really great email "chats" with you and of course I can't forget being the first recipient of the prize for answering a question!

This is going to sound cheesey but...keep up the good work!

~Deb said...

Thanks guys! I haven’t lost interest in blogging yet, and I don’t think I will anytime soon… I am so happy I met my old buddies from when I started as well as my new friends that I’ve found on here. I may take little breaks from time to time (like all of us do) but I’m here to stay…unless I accidentally delete my blog after way too many martinis. Cheers!

say it hot said...

Cheers to a year!

Thank you for entrusting us with your perspectives.

I love your blog, I love your book, and I love you!

Keep the sterling and stirring sentiments coming!

Zibi said...

Hi deb ... Congrats. I wish I could reach the level of your writing. Still rather new to this stuff

GirlGoyle said...

No! No! No! Thank YOU for sharing and taking the time to visit other blogs and commenting. Insight is always interesting.

Laura Elizabeth said...

Happy Anniversary! I always enjoy reading your blog, even if I don't always comment. Here's to your next year of blogging!

normiekins said...

Happy Blogiversay!!!!!!!! You're amazing......!!!!!!!!!!

rachel audio said...

happy 1 year. when do we celebrate our 8 year?

messiah said...

A lot of you stuck with me as I raved on like a lunatic

sweetie... i read you because you rave like a lunatic. it's all great stuff.

happy one year.

jali said...

I'm a new chick - so I haven't stuck it out like the rest, but I pledge my devotion from now on and I'm glad to have found you!

I've got some archive reading to do.

Helen said...

Hallo I'm an official lurker. You rock! Happy anniversary :D

Cheetarah1980 said...

here's to another year of great blogging!

Åsa said...

Happy Anniversary Deb! You make the blog world special. I’m so happy I found you!

Lots of love to you and yours.

xxooxx