Today is a monumental day here at Misty’s Laws. Today is the one year anniversary of this here blog! One year ago today, I published my very first inaugural blog post, sending it out into the great vast blogosphere. You know that saying about a tree falling in the woods and all . . . well let me tell you, nobody heard that blog post. It has floated out there unbeknownst to the rest of the blogging world for ages.
After that post though, there came many more. It took me a while to find my voice and to figure out what I wanted the blog to become. If I’m being honest, I am still trying to figure out what I want this blog to be when it grows up. But for the moment, it has an identity, I think. And it has followers!! Can you believe it? Yeah, me neither. ;)
So, if you are game, we are gonna take a little trip down memory lane in this blog post. A year in review, if you will. Hang on tight. Keep your hands and feet in the blog at all times and make sure your seat belts are securely fastened, and . . . here we go.
I discovered the blogging world mostly by chance. I think my first foray was when I clicked on a link from a friend’s Facebook page to discover the immensely funny Allie Bosch of Hyperbole and a Half. The first post I read of hers was the one about the Alot. I was hooked. I spent the next couple of days going back over her entire history of posts. She was crazy funny, in the best possible way. Then I discovered the incredible goddess of blogging, The Bloggess. I could not believe there were such insanely hysterical people out there in the world, and I poured over all of the their posts, absorbing every creative and smack-you-in-the-face-it’s-so-funny pieces. I didn’t know it then, but both of these women were the epitome of what you want to become in the blogosphere . . . funny, irreverent, brilliant and popular. But they were not what made me want to start blogging. Oh no, they scared the bejesus out of me! They were too funny, too brilliant, too popular. I could never aspire to be like them! I was just happy basking in their glow of readership.
But then I discovered a couple of other blogs. Thoughts Appear and Hoody Hoo were the next two blogs I stumbled upon and greatly enjoyed. The difference with Thoughtsy’s and Hoody’s blogs were that they seemed more real, in a way. They were real people, writing about real stuff in their lives. They were obviously also popular and brilliantly funny, but in a telling stories about everyday-crazy-stuff-that-happens-to-everybody kind of way. They were . . . attainable. They were . . . me. They are the reason I started blogging. I thought, “hey, crazy things happen to me all the time! I could write about that!” So I did. So, if you are looking for someone to blame . . . those are your culprits!
Once the blog got going and started gaining a bit of momentum (readers, commenters, followers and the like) I happened to find myself in the next phase of blogging trajectory . . . meeting other bloggers! I have so far met only two other fellow bloggers, but they were fantastic and I loved every minute of my real life interactions with these otherwise faceless and nameless entities. Some of my meetings with Thoughtsy are regaled here, here, and here. I have met Thoughtsy a lot. I also had the extreme pleasure of meeting Red from Doesn’t Speak Klingon. I met Red twice, both times because she was visiting my area in preparation for a big move to the midwest. I am so happy I got to meet her before she ran off, but a little sad that she moved away and I might not get the chance to see her again . . . or at least not for a good while.
And actually, if we are being honest here, I’ve met one other blogger. But I consider that in a whole different category than meeting a fellow blogger. Because, this was not just any blogger . . . it was THE blogger. That’s right, I also got to meet the Bloggess. This was also done with Thoughtsy. Told ya I’ve seen her a lot! Meeting the Bloggess was one of the highlights of my blogging career. Even though it was a quick reading, book signing and picture with her, it was still one of the best days that I have experienced as a blogger, and it never would have happened if not for this blog.
Another amazing thing that happened to my blog was to become one of Noa Gavin’s (Oh Noa‘s) Funny Bitches. I discovered my blog had gained a place on this prestigious roster of funny bloggers, when I was checking my emails and drinking coffee, while innocently (and safely I might add) driving to work one Friday morning. When I saw my blog’s name in the title of her Funny Bitch post that morning, I almost scalded myself from spilling coffee all down the front of myself. But every burn scar was worth it! That was the most phenomenal of all days. That evening, when I looked at my stats and saw that I had over 2000 views from just that day (a total that might have been more than I had in the entire history of blogging up to that point!), I was completely floored. And honored. I felt valued and loved at that moment. And it really gave me validation that I desperately needed for something that I was doing. Something that I didn’t really know if anyone was appreciating. Something that was so purely . . . me. Just me out there, floating around on the interwebz. It was an absolutely stellar way to let someone know that they were valued. I will forever be grateful to Noa for that.
And speaking of being grateful to Noa for existing . . . it was in a comment thread on Noa’s blog that I met someone who has become one of my closest friends, despite the fact that we have yet to be in the same place to breathe the same air. Jen of Jen e Sais Quoi slammed into me with her wit, her irreverence and her I don’t give a shit attitude. And that was all evident in one comment in a blog post! I loved her immediately. And she returned the love, initially declaring me to be her BFF. We were kindred spirits, her and I. Is it weird to consider someone your best friend when you have never actually met them? Because if so, consider us the weirdest of the weird, because that is indeed what happened. Little did she know that her off-hand comment on that first “meeting” would indeed become fact. She has become my friend, my confidant, my sister-wife and my closest blogging buddy. Love you, chica!
And she’s not the only one! In the past year, I have made some very real and very close friendships with other bloggers, just through commenting on each others’ sites and getting to know each other through our blogs. That is the most crazy and delightful thing about this whole blogging experience! The people I have “met” online and the bonds that have formed with people who I’ve never physically seen, all over the country, and even the world. Johi (my other sister-wife), Thoughtsy, Hoody, Noa, Red, Dani, Elizabeth, Andi, Jules, Bex, Bill, Carrie, Leauxra, Mandi, Becca, Jayne, Kevin, Shane (no longer blogging, sadness!) . . . shit, ok I can’t name everyone. (If I didn’t list you here, you know that I still love you!!) I am most grateful for finding these connections with like-minded people out there in the great far reaches of the world, and it is all because of this little ole blog here. I feel like some of the people I have met over the past year blogging probably know more about me and my life than people I see every single day. In fact, I’m sure of it. It is an amazing thing.
So, to conclude this celebratory ride through the history of Misty’s Laws so far . . . I just want to say thank you. Thank you for reading, thank you for commenting, thank you for your support, for your blogs that make me laugh so hard, think so deeply, and care about you so much. Thank you for being my friends, for helping me edit, for sending me whacked pictures, for just being out there and being you. Thank you to everyone who has ever had a part in this journey. I value every second of this crazy-filled year. The amazing ups, the deep deep downs, and everything in between. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It has been a truly wild ride, but I am strapped in for another go round. Bring on year number 2! Woo-Hoo!!