So, a year ago today Heather was putting on the pressure. For, like, the 20th time, she was emailing me about participating in NaNo. Even though it was already 11 days into the month she was all “JUST SIGN UP! We will write together and it WILL BE FUN!”
Okay, maybe I’m taking some liberty with her words. I’m sure I still have the emails in my inbox (because I’m an email hoarder and I never delete ANYTHING) but I’m way too lazy to go digging for them. You have no idea how many emails Heather and I have sent each other in the last year, and we can just keep it that way, thank you very much.
But I digress.
A year ago today I was trying to come up with some way to get Heather off my back. I really didn’t want to do NaNoWriMo, and I had no really valid reason not to. Heather has only one less kid than I do, plus she’s got that whole job at the zoo thing going on, and all I was really doing at the time was moderating a game forum.
That night, I thought of something else she’d been bugging me to do. Blog. I’d been putting that off, too. ”I have no idea what I’d write about!”
“Books. You’d rant about books like you always do in chat. You’re funny. People will read it.”
So the next morning I secured booksnobbery at wordpress for my very own. I had other names at first, but they were TAKEN and I never really thought anyone would read this stuff, so I didn’t think there would ever be a chance for people to get upset at the name.
My first post was this Harry Potter Rant (which I meant to do a series of [but then kind of forgot about until JUST THIS MINUTE AS I TYPE THIS], which is why it’s called THE FIRST, dur). The beginning doesn’t make much sense because I was already referring to my About page (which has since kind of changed, because at the time all it said was “I hate everything, except books. And music. Sometimes I hate those too.”) and I don’t know why I thought referring to something people wouldn’t have read first was a good idea? As of this writing, that post has had 51 views. Which is a little less than 1 view a week, and that’s how I’m choosing to think about it, so don’t take that away from me.
Heather pimped me out on twitter and I had, like THREE FOLLOWERS the first day. ZOMG, so exciting, right?
But then the only people to read my next few posts were Heather, Em and Meg and while that was nice that they were reading, I wasn’t entirely sure about whether I wanted to keep doing it.
I kind of thrive on feedback and approval. If this isn’t something you know about me, we haven’t known each other long enough.
Then I got the
not so brilliant idea to start Trashy Tuesdays. The first Trashy Tuesday post was Zombies vs Unicorns, and I’m not going to lie and say that it was a huge success right off the bat because it wasn’t. I mean, it kind of was, but that post still has less than 100 views. Listen to me, acting like 100 views on a post is nothing. It’s not, don’t think that. The majority of my posts are still under 100, so – even though we’ve come a long way, it’s not like we’re big time or anything.
Trashy Tuesday was fun for a while, but zomg, it was so tiring. My first post to break 100 views was a Trashy Tuesday (the one for Clan of the Cave Bear) and I know you’re all probably like “WHAT THE SNAPE, SJ?! WHERE’S TRASHY TUESDAY NOW?” but I stopped doing them on the regular back in April. I’ve read some trashy books since then, but they’re best when Megiggles is around to do illustrations (don’t even lie and tell me they’re not cos I’ll call you out for being a Liey McLiarson) and since she’s kind of super busy and junk, it’s not as much fun.
MOVING ON. Trashy Tuesdays brought about the Dodisharkicorn. Dude. Dodisharkicorn is pretty much (other than my kids) the thing I’m proudest of creating. I didn’t do it by myself, though. Nope, that was Megiggles and I both. She joined the blog as a contributor in the spring (I know, she doesn’t post much BUT SHE IS SO BUSY and she still totally draws things for me when I ask nicely) even though she started drawing things for me long before that.
Also, there are still some links on here from when Meg had her own blog. Please ignore those, she deleted it when she was only being visited by me and Russian Pr0nbots.
Holy hell, this has become much longer than I intended.
Okay. So. Things I never thought would happen with my blog.
- That people would actually read. As of this moment, WordPress says there are over 500 followers, but that’s a lie, because a lot of those are twitter. Whatever. I have close to 300 ACTUAL BLOG FOLLOWERS and while they may not read every day, that’s way more than the 10 I thought I’d end up with.
- That I’d become friends with some of my favourite people ever. Before I started this blog I did not know Amy or Susie or Mandy or Heather…um, I’m drinking right now so I’m terrible with coming up with other people I didn’t know before. I DIDN’T KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE, OKAY? But now I know a ton of you and I read your blogs and goof around with you on twitter, and you guys are so completely effing awesome, it makes me smile just to think about it.
- That people would want me to write stuff for them. I’ve guest posted for Shouty Men in Shiny Armour and Angelique at Sappho’s Torque and I’m an actual contributor for Insatiable Booksluts and I have more books specifically for review than I could have dreamed of a year ago.
- THAT WE WOULD HAVE ACTUAL FANS! No, not just any fans. Fans that would CREATE THEIR OWN DODISHARKICORNS AND BUY DODISHARKICORN STUFF! (um, if you want your own Dodisharkicorn stuff, there are links in the sidebar and once enough people buy things that there is any money to do anything with, we want to host giveaways and junk)
So, that’s how I’m ending this post. There’s some really cool Dodisharkicorn stuff out there, and it makes me smile just to think about it. That’s the best part of this year. You all rule. Thank you.
Okay, so – that’s really all I have. Thanks to every single one of you that has read, commented, liked or shared over the last year. I appreciate you all and I’m so glad to know you.
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