Without warning, WordPress posted a notification today that my blog has reached it’s one year anniversary. Wtf? I can’t believe that it’s already been a whole year. In one year and 85 posts later, we’ve managed to get 7,633 views, 1,760 posted comments, 145 wonderful followers and have had visits from over 60 countries, with France, U.S. and Canada in the lead with the most visitors.
I have learned a lot over the past year; about blogging and the WordPress community, writing and even some things about myself. Since I’m sure you don’t want to hear about newly discovered masturbation techniques or all the naughty ideas in my head for future books, I’ll just mention a few nuggets that seem to stand out.
Be yourself. Not only do people appreciate your uniqueness and your audacity to type whatever crosses your mind, whether politically correct or not, but it’s quite liberating to know that you are totally being you and there are still people who think you are interesting enough to follow. Whatever medication you’re on, please continue taking it.
Be thoughtful and generous. Not that I didn’t know these things already, but it is important as a blogger to always take the time to respond to comments, answer questions and lend a helping hand when possible. When you help others, they tend to be there to lend a hand when you need it as well. It’s funny how that happens. I’m thinking wild coincidence, but you may have your own opinion.
Be creative. People notice. Some days the creativity seeps out of my pores, but other days, I have to work at it like a lot of other people. Some of my past posts have simply been fillers…something to post when one was due and I had nothing better. Looking back now, I wish I had taken the time my creativity required and come up with something more interesting and memorable.
Leave ‘em laughing. I love to make people laugh. Except for that time you swung the bathroom door open as I was getting out of the shower. That wasn’t funny. And was the pointing and knee slapping REALLY necessary? Laughter IS the best medicine. It’s really hard to be pissed off or sad while you’re spewing chocolate milk from your nostrils.
Do unto others. “….as you would have them do unto you.” Within limits of course. Just because I might enjoy the odd brush-by or grope, doesn’t mean that little guy in accounting will. Or your boss’s daughter. Be thoughtful and do a random act of kindness at least once a day. Buy the next car in line at the drive-through a random cup of coffee. I’ve done this several times and had it done once for me as well. Make funny faces at the kid in the car next to you. He’ll either laugh, or give you the finger. And pay the good shit forward.
I know there was much more than this (as there should be) but unfortunately, it’s getting late and the week’s work load has worn me out.
Have you learned anything significant in the past year? Share it with me if you’d like. I’d love to hear what you have to say. Unless you’re insulting me of course. In that case, just shut your pie hole.
And of course, what’s a post of mine without a little eye candy. Something for the ladies….
and something for the gentlemen.