I've been blogging for two years as of last Sunday. So today, when I realized the two year mark had come and gone, I went to look at my first post. It was a post that simply announced that I was new to blogging, that I'd been inspired to start a blog by my friend Kelly, and that I had no clue what I was doing.
It was riveting.
There were two comments.
I remember being completely confused by the first comment:
"It is customary in the "Blogging-Post-Commenter" community for a commenter to declare a sort of ownership of newly scripted blog posts by racing to place the first comment to said post. (Think explorer erecting flag on North Pole, Moon, etc...)
Typically, this braggadocio is rendered through a rather obnoxious, utterly avoidant of topic, singularly worded comment containing only the utterance:
Since you are sponging up info on all-things-blog, I thought I would share this little pearl of wisdom with you...
Whilst, also, claiming your inaugural post as mine ~ for some future cyper-tally that will undoubtedly advance my place in line on the road to St. Peter!
I finally get it!!! Having perused the blogosphere for the past two years, I've seen this very thing in action over and over. I still don't really get why we bloggers do this, but I appreciate that my friend "C" tried to warn me.
Secondly, my inspiration for blogging, Kelly herself, said:
"ok--that first comment is way above my head so i'll just say, "Second!"
i look forward to checking in on these kiddos! i know it will bring a smile to my face evertime.
look out heather--this stuff is addicting!"
Hilarious. Kelly still deserves all the credit for pointing out the addictive nature of blogging. (And for pointing me in the direction of blogging my thoughts in the first place.)
Did I heed her warning about the addictive nature of blogging?
Well, we all know the answer to that one.
And still, I'm glad I'm here, addicted or not.
I've written just over 600 posts. 600. 600!
In my opinion, I've said something worthwhile in only about 10 of those posts. But really...I'm realizing that's just fine. Because this is blogging, and it's a beautiful way to slowly find out what it is you want to say, how you want to say it, and then say it, your way.
So anyway...I digress (as usual).
Here's what my blog wants for it's second birthday...
Are you ready?
Tell us (my blog and I) what your all-time favorite post is of your very own. It can be anything, funny and simple, profound or not. Whatever you want.
Let's keep it simple, without a linky thingy. Go look through your archives and then copy and paste the link to your favorite post in the comments.
And lastly, if you have don't have time to visit all the links, please go read the one from the comment BEFORE yours.
We do weird things in the blogosphere. We race to comment "FIRST!" in an effort to appear the most attentive. We get addicted to telling our stories and reading the stories written by friends we've never met, and then we ask each other to link up for all kinds of things.
The truth is, most of it is meant to draw attention to ourselves. So today, I'd like the focus to be on you and your favorite post. So let me have it. I'll be sure to visit, even if I'm slow about it due to children and such.
Thank you for two years of words and connection, insight, humor, and validation.
You rock the party.
Now go ahead and leave here to search your archives for your favorite, then come back and share your rockage...