I started this blog a year ago today. My first post was March 30, 2011.
This is my 255th post, which is a lot further than I got on either of my two previous blogs. That’s an average of 4.9 posts per week. With a few minor exceptions, I’ve consistently posted every weekday for 52 weeks. I’ve gotten a grand total of over 500 comments: a.k.a., you guys are outstanding.
I spent most of the year trying to focus exclusively on writing about writing, but I finally gave that up. Now I can (and do!) just ramble on about whatever I want, and I think the blog is better for it.
You and I have covered a lot of ground together, hypothetical reader! We’ve examined whether a career can be made of badassery (answer: yes). We’ve looked at how you can (and should!) make good art even if you don’t believe in yourself. I’ve subjected you to a wide assortment of my own fiction (of which this story was perhaps the best), and you’ve suffered through it bravely. We’ve thought about how Zen bubbles up into all sorts of non-Buddhist writing. We’ve asked whether writing can be elemental, like fire or water. We’ve answered the question of free will vs. destiny. And, of course, to the continual delight of Googlers everywhere, we’ve come up with 28 words you can use instead of “awesome.”
Can I say something? Y’all are amazing. (That’s the Texas in me coming out.) You really have been wonderful. Your reading makes the blog worth writing. At the end of my other two blogs, I felt drained, relieved they were over, even though I remain very proud of the work I did in writing them. But right now, I feel energized, excited to keep going, and curious to see where the next year will take us.
I hope you feel the same.
In celebration of this
momentous event, by the power invested in me as Supreme Dictator of This Tiny Website, I hereby declare this post an Official De-Lurking Post. All you readers out there who normally slip away silently without leaving a comment, today is your day! Say hello, tell us your name, type a wordless angry face – whatever. Just de-lurk! You can go back to lurking tomorrow, I promise.
(Non-lurkers are also welcome to comment, of course.)
Thank you so much for reading. Here’s to many more years of This Sort of Thing. Have an excellent weekend, and happy Friday!