On March 17 last year I wrote my first-ever blog post and flung it out into the ether. I was going to let the event pass quietly and move into The Blog – Year 2 without mentioning it, but then I read that the lovely, erudite Dorothy from Of Books and Bicycles is also celebrating her blog anniversary today. Synchronicity! I couldn’t let that go unmentioned.
Dorothy talks of how blogging has enhanced her reading habits, and I certainly feel the same way. I would never have read Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina had it not been for inspiring posts from other bloggers. I wouldn’t have had the entire Stephanie Plum series to relish had it not been for one kind blogging friend, or been the grateful recipient of reading matter from New Zealand and Australia.
Charlotte’s Web has also made me new friendships, which I am most grateful for. I recently had the experience of meeting someone after having read his blog, and it felt odd but good. I also seem to spend a lot of time trying to persuade my friends to start blogs. Some of them look at me strangely, others want to, but aren’t sure where they’d find the time.
I love the constant writing. It’s proved to me that I can write frequently despite having three children, work, a house, a social life and a husband to maintain. I’ve watched other bloggers write novels and felt admiring, astonished and proud of them. My unfinished novel has had more attention, but not enough. I’ve had a private pact with another blogger to complete some creative writing this month. Our plan was to each write a short story and egg each other on to finish it. For some reason, the characters of my novel took over and I wrote about them instead. I wonder how hers is going? Perhaps she’ll read this and email me to tell me.
I wish I could say I had fabulous goals for my blog this year. I don’t really. I hope to keep it up, to maintain friendships and make new ones, and have something entertaining to say. It’s been a great experiment. Thanks to you for making it so.
*** exits stage left, sniffing into tissue ***