Happy Birthday, You Crazy Little Blog!

 

It was a year ago today that I started this blog. The name came to me while I was unloading the dishwasher (Man, I do all of my best thinking while I’m unloading the dishwasher! Is there some kind of mental forcefield there, just willing thoughts into my head? Or is it that I’m just constantly unloading the damn dishwasher?). So I signed up with WordPress, logged in….and realized I had nothing to say. Oh, I had things to say, I just didn’t believe anyone else would find any of it compelling in any way. Pushing the “Publish” button that first time created a wave of nausea that threatened to reintroduce me to my breakfast. Turns out I needn’t have worried. No one was reading, anyway.

 

I shouldn’t say no one. My lovely friend Sulya read, as did her equally lovely family. And the occasional confused individual typed something into Google that brought them here.  (The most frequently searched term? Bush pies. It’s not what you think.)  Then, Sulya started paying her blog friends to read me. Thanks, kid!

 

Highlights:

 

Being added to Max’s blogroll. The first blogroll I was ever on. A real, live, getting-paid-to-do-it, writer liked what I had to say. Meant a lot then, still does now.

 

Finding Laurie Kendrick. Laurie’s funny. And generous. But mostly funny.  Thanks, LK.

 

Getting reviewed by Ask & Ye Shall Receive. The review turned out well, but the best part of the experience was the time I had to wait between submitting and getting the review. Because in that time, I had to do a whole lot of thinking about my writing, and I managed to get to a place where I was OK with this blog, no matter what they would have said (“Oh YEAH, easy to say now, isn’t it?”)

 

All the wonderful bloggers I’ve met. I fucking love you snarky, hilarious, riveting, eloquent, deranged, insomniac, self-conscious, genius, semi-pornographic, uplifting bastards!

 

 

Things I Have Learned this Year:

 

People like to read about themselves. Even if it’s not flattering.

 

If you hit the “Next” button on a WordPress blog, to search for a random blog, one time out of ten, you’ll find yourself looking at a blog about “Club Penguin”. What the deuce is Club Penguin???

 

When I password protected a post, I got a glimpse into what its like to be a gas station attendant, passing out the washroom key. Neither party really wanted to make eye contact; most visitors just want to get in, do their business, and get out.

 

There are a lot of “It’s My Blog’s First Birthday!” posts. There are not a lot of “It’s My Blog’s Second Birthday” posts.

 

I’ll see what I can do.

 

To everyone who has read, commented, linked, or blogrolled me: Thanks. A lot.

 

P.S. The observant/anal-retentive amongst you may notice that my first post was on June 7, not June 5. The “real” first post got rolled into the “About Me” page. So the first post is actually the second post. Oh crap, I feel like I may have fucked with the space-time continuum. Oops. My bad.

 

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23 responses to “Happy Birthday, You Crazy Little Blog!

  1. Happy Birthday, Praying To Darwin, and congratulations. 🙂 Semi-pornographic??? What kind of freaks are you dealing with out there. 😛 Keep up the great work Ginny. I love your stuff, lady. 😉

  2. Happy blog birthday. This is a most excellent blog. Always hilarious. I’m looking forward to many more, Ginny.
    I still can’t believe you and Sulya live near each other. What an amazing thing.

  3. Happy Birthday Praying to Darwin. Yay!

  4. You are a gifted writer, a talented comedian writer, a smart ass and a beautiful young woman.

    Like looking in a fucking mirror!!!!!

    One of the BEST things I ever did this past year was to stumble on to this your blog, G-Girl. It remains, in my humble opinion, one of the best out there.

    Happy One Year Anniversary my blogging daughter. Continue to kick ass.

    Much heterosexual love,
    LK

  5. Peter: “Semi-pornographic? What kind of freaks…” Now what did I just say about people liking to read about themselves? (tee hee) Thanks for the congrats, and thanks for all the feedback.

    Kitty: Thanks Kitty! I feel very lucky to get to have the Sulya experience, live and in person. Thanks for all your support over the year.

    Max: Thanks. I meant what I said; I appreciate it all.

    LK: “Like looking in a fucking mirror!!!” Oh baby, you so funny! Thanks to you too.

  6. Happy birthdaaaay to Youuuu!

    I remember reading the review of your blog on Ask and thinking I needed to check it out. Sorry I’m a week or so late.

    I appreciated your comments over there about my blog. Glad you took the time to stop in. I’m changing the whole “vessel” thing just for you.

    And now I’m off to add you to my Google Reader.

    Peace!

    Brian

  7. You’re the first one who sang, Brian! Props to the new guy!! Thanks for coming over.

  8. I checked out that FunnyOrDie Hillary video you listed at LK’s. AWESOME! I hope you don’t mind me bringing it back here.

    That was just too funny. Thanks a lot. 😉

  9. Congrats! Keep on going. . .

    M

  10. Thanks so much Michael.

  11. Happy Birthday.

    That is one giant rack on that cake.

  12. “Oh crap, I feel like I may have fucked with the space-time continuum. Oops. My bad”…..hahaha, you SO messed everything up!!!!!! Now Michael J. Fox is gonna have to fix it all with a cool bomber jacket and a lot of determination…

    …but anyway Happy Bloggy Birthday!! 🙂

  13. Yay! Happy Blogoversary. Even though you’re a year old, you’re still shiny and brand new to me. You shouldn’t wear out your welcome for a few more months, so keep writing!!
    Seriously though, you’re hilarious (of course, you’re from the Skatch) and I love your posts.

  14. aj: Enjoy. It might be the blog’s birthday, but I thought everyone should get a treat. I’m good like that.

    Romi: That’s all I need is Michael J. Fox pissed at me. He’ll show up, ready to kick ass, and I’ll be all like, “No, man, I SUPPORT stem cell research!”. But he won’t care…where was I? Oh yeah, thanks for the well wishes!

    Talea: months, weeks, who’s to know? (8 days till the first game of the season! Green IS the color, and football IS the game!) Thanks for the love.

  15. Happy Birthday bloggy!

  16. Thanks Maria (and the fact that you broke hiatus to say it means a whole lot.)

  17. Happy belated blog birthday oh Ginny my Ginny!!! I’m sorry I’m late to the party but intensely glad to be along for the glorious ride in general. Mostly though, I am going to be scarred for life by that dude in a giant boob cake costume… Man… Way to scare a gal before bed…

  18. Scarred, or aroused? (It’s OK, I don’t judge…)

    Don’t be sorry – I still owe you for paying people to read 🙂

  19. I have to say I am curious to know what cake dude can do with those pastis if he really started to work them…

  20. Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! I totally plan to make it to year two, and I’m sure you will as well. You’re funny as all get-out. That’s right. As all get-out. Don’t worry about messing with the time space continuum, sometimes sometimes it can be fun.

  21. “I totally plan to make it to year two.” Right after I say that not many make it to two years, WordPress just had to spite me; the first “Automatically generated, possibly related” post it found was about someone’s THIRD anniversary. WordPress can be such a dink.

  22. LOL — nothing like having someone triplicate your efforts and having it tossed in your face.

    You can turn off those “possibly related” links. I did. They are annoying and most unrelated.

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