Seven-Year Blogoversary (For Real)

Back in March, I wrote a nice little post about how I was celebrating my Seven-Year-Blogoversary.  I wrote it, checked it, and posted it.  I even got a few comments.

And then I did something I thought was silly at the time– I checked back on my blog to the very first post, and something occurred to me.

I was wrong.  My Blogoversary wasn’t until July.


Down came the post, and into the drafts folder (with the hundred or so other drafts I either started and never finished, or wrote and thought were not good enough for posting) it went.

Well that day has finally come.  Seven years ago, I fired up the old Compaq, found my way to Blogger, and started a blog.  It wasn’t much then, and truth be told, it isn’t much now– but it was, and is, mine.

I actually forgot that I had started my blog in 2004, when blogging was just starting to gain popularity.  Back then, even Perez Hilton, Andy Towle and Arianna Huffington were mere blips on the blogosphere.  Feast of Fools/Fun had not even begun to podcast (and podcasting had not even been invented).  JoeMyGod was just another up-and-coming gay blogger.

Some of my favorite bloggers are still around, like Tuna Girl, Pua, Scott and Jake (my true-blue Blog Daddy).  Others who have left their blogs behind I have reconnected with on Facebook.  A few have disappeared into thin air.  While we’re still in touch for the most part, I can’t help but have sentimental thoughts about those days on Tribe, (yes, it’s still there!) when the community was really starting to take off.  Those were magical, exciting times.  I’m proud to have been a part of it.

I’m glad I’m still here, too.  It’s nice to have a place where I can look back and remember things I did, people I met, and places I went.

You never know, someday I may need those reminders.

Blogoversary: 4 Years Later, Still Blasting Off

I remember it fairly well.

It was a summer’s evening much like this one.  I was reading my friend Jake’s blog, NoFo, and thought to myself, “I can do this.  Hell, I like to write.  I’m always writing stuff.  Why not do it on one of these Blog things?”

And in just a few short minutes, my first blog was born.

I’ve been on quite a journey since then.  I’ve traveled to new and familiar places.  I’ve shared many different facets of my life.  I’ve shared photos and memories and stories from my past.  I’ve lived through the death of my father and the birth of my nieces.  I’ve shared dating horrors and successes, and frustrations with the whole wide world.  I dabbled in podcasting, and became a more active member on another popular podcast.  And along the way I’ve met lots of great bloggers, made friends with others I have never met in person, but consider all of them very dear friends.

Four years later, I’m still blogging, though not as often as I used to.  And while my attention has been split in many other directions, I will always continue this presence as the “grand central station” for everything about little ol’ me. 

I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, and honored to be among the ranks of blogging “seniority.”  It’s been a pleasure for me, and I hope it’s been a pleasure for you as well.

So thank you for accompanying me on this journey.  It’s far from over.  In fact, I dare say, it’s only just begun.

UPDATE:  Ironically, this is also my 1,000th post.  Wow!