Sunday, 6 July 2008

Blogiversary

So, we've made it around to one whole year since I started blogging properly.

Sure, I first signed up in the January of 2007. A recovering anorexic with very little self-esteem, who had so little faith in herself and couldn't see how anyone could possibly think she had anything worth writing about.

I just wasn't brave enough to put my fingers onto the keyboard - but read voraciously, discovering that I was not the only one with all these insecurities, desperately trying to survive within a failing marriage.

Then came the July... and it was like a tidal surge as the emotions came tumbling out of me, emptying the vortex of venom onto the virginal white screen.

I didn't know what to do with all this stuff. Surely to post every day would seem too eager. So I backdated a few things into the last few weeks of June which means that I don't know the exact day in July when I actually made my debut, but I suspect it was most likely the first weekend, accompanied and emboldened by a large glass of sauvignon blanc.

A week or so later I discovered my nemesis, the Statcounter. Which is when I truly began my Affair with you, dear Reader.

So, there are some thank yous to do.

To my mate, Ange, for persuading me to sign up in the first place and giving me a starting point as far as reading was concerned.

To my wonderful Ruf for so many things besides encouraging me to start tapping out my stories and letting me tell the world about our most amazing love affair.

To the American and the Voyeur, who allowed me to plunder their fantasies and relive them in my own words.

Not forgetting all my wonderful Blogfriends, from whom I acquire so much inspiration, literary sustenance and daily companionship.

But, most of all, to you, my Reader.

Over 200,000 times this year, you have rewarded me with your presence. Your constancy has given me the confidence to explore so many new possibilities through my writing. Your gentle encouragement has helped me to learn to love my body and bolstered my courage to flaunt it.

How perverse that this new-found and completely liberating exhibitionism should set me on the path towards putting a greater value on myself.

And, for that, mere thanks can never be enough x

16 comments:

Z said...

Hurrah! I hope you are celebrating with cake! I found my one year anniversary was a bit of a turning point as far as working out what I wanted from my blog - I'm definitely in a downsizing phase right now, and have kicked my addiction to stacounter, which is pretty liberating :)

There's no doubt about it, though, having a blog is the gateway to a whole new world, and most of it is good.

Angela-la-la said...

Look how you've grown! Congratulations, blogbaby :) xx

Dazza said...

Well done you!

Dxxx

justme said...

And now you have got me into it! Wonder if I will last a year? Happy Bloggy Day x

Jackie Adshead said...

Happy blog birthday (ish). I'm delighted you get so much out of blogging, that it's helped you so much and if it's building up your self esteeem - that's brilliant! I hope you get as much, or even more, out of it in the next year. Well done you!

BenefitScroungingScum said...

Happy Blogiversary and congratulations on such a successful blog! Here's hoping the next year is as good for you and the blog! Hugs BG x

Osbasso said...

Congratulations! The first one is always special!

Duke Orsino said...

What Z said, especially that last bit.

Trixie said...

Yay, a whole year! How time bleeding flies! Here's to your next year being just as succesful.

Cate said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I remember reading your old posts - especially your early 'rabbit' tales and nodding my head in agreement. It was very inspiring then and still is now! I hope you have another great year of blogging!

Cate xxx

Gypsy said...

Happy Blogiversary Cake. I actually just celebrated mine too, on this blog anyway but forgot to mention it. It's so wonderful that you have gotten so much out of it too. I have had mixed blessings with blogging but on the whole I wouldn't trade it for anything.

bittersweet said...

congratulations! I am pleased your experience has been so positive. Long may it continue :)

Charnita's Xpressions said...

Happy blogiversary!
I had never read your whole story, but went back to investigate.
Mighty interesting tales you have there.....
Congratulations on blogging and your freedom.

blue said...

HMC...you were one of the first blogs of this kind I ever read and it gave me a lot to think about. Good you were brave...it helps others be brave, too...

Fat Controller said...

Is it really only a year? It is as if you have been part of my regular reads for ever! I remember how the first post I read of yours absolutely blew me away. Many congratulations on your blogiversary and heres hoping for many more.

marianne said...

You rock, honey. Don't ever stop. xoxo