Monday, April 6, 2009

A year in the life.

I happened to glance at the blogpost tracker widget that I have, and realized that it has been one year since I decided to not only leave comments on other people's blogs, but actually try to see if I could screw up the courage to try my hand at one myself. While I enjoyed writing, I've never enjoyed writing about myself.

I suppose that is why I try to blog as anonymously as possible. There are some of you out there in blogland (you know who you are) that know who I am, but for the most part I have found that blogging anonymously allows me to detach myself from me, if that makes any sense whatsoever. I've found it to be useful and has allowed me to open up enough to at least try to make some of these posts mildly interesting.

The other thing that it did was get me into the habit of writing regularly. As a budding full-time freelance writer, it is important that I do this, to keep my skills and chops up to speed, especially in-between writing. It also allows me to experiment, to explore and find my own style. People have asked me "Well, what is your writing style?" To be honest, I can't define it. Someone left a comment in my comments box that described it as "pithy," but he seemed to mean it in a good way. I prefer to think of my style as being as honest as possible, and to avoid the sarcastic, melodramatic jingo that seems to permeate so much of what I read in the media these days.

I also have noticed that my blog entry counter is at 151. Somehow, I blew past number 150 without even noticing it. I'll have to pay closer to that from now on.

So, here's to another year, to 150 more blogposts, or perhaps more, and to keep getting better at what I do. Thanks to all of you that have commented, and especially to those that keep coming back. I am eternally grateful that you think I have something worthwhile to say, and want more of it. I'll leave you with a quote from one of my favorite authors, Joseph Campbell:

"We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."


Violet said...

Congratulations. It seems I am a week older than you. Hope we'll hear a lot more from you.

Peter said...

Congrats from Belgium! 151 posts in a single year is quite a figure.

I think I can understand what you mean by 'detachment' when blogging anonymously: it does allow for more personal posts without losing all your privacy.

While I admire some bloggers who use the "you'll get all the most personal details you never asked for", it too often becomes a reality show like the ones we see on TV.

I'm glad your blog managed to build an audience and enabled you to get into the habit of writing regularly.

BenefitScroungingScum said...

Fantastic quote! Happy Bloggy b'day, BG x

Holly said...

Congratulations on the anniversary. It's a pretty polished blog; I thought you'd been doing it for ages.

Sistertex said...

I'm glad you took the leap of blogging instead of just commenting, you have a lot of interesting things to say. Congratulations on passing 150 entries! Hope you will keep up the good work!


Bina said...

I have no idea how many posts I have. Maybe I need to look at that! LOL

I love the quote at the end of your post. I think I need to print that out and hang it somewhere so I can always remember it. And maybe I'll frame it to hang in my husbby's office.

And you are such a great writer. Why wouldn't we come back?

Mr. Nighttime said...

VS - Glad we can celebrate our "blogday" together...

Peter - Thanks for the good wishes, and you should know that your blog is one of the ones I look to for inspiration.

Bendy - Thank you so much, and hope you're feeling okay, burn and all.

Holly - Thank you, and you're making me blush... ;-)

Sistertex - Thanks, and I will be checking your blog out.

Bina - Glad you like the quote, and if you would like to know more about Joseph Campbell, go here:

I suspect that your husband needs to see that quote even more than you, if you get my drift.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Keep on blogging.

Blogging reminds me that there are many good people out there; reminds me that, no matter how *different* we think we are, we are still the same. Also, people don't have to all agree to share thoughts, ideas, dreams, vision.

I like that end quote, but I want to plan while accepting...does that make sense?