This is a proud moment for me. My blog is one year old. I've been blogging for three-hundred-and-sixty-five days. Last year I sat down and created this here. And then a few days later I published my first post. Publishing my first post was HUGE. I was trembling like a crumbled leaf in autumn wind as I clicked on that orange publish button, and I was SO oozing and elating when I got my first comments. Heidi, Emma, Sadie and Natalie, you were my first four followers and commenters. Thank you. :-)
But you need to hear the whole story. :-D
So, Naomi was once a girl who knew nothing about the Internet. She only very occasionally used her parent's email address, but for the rest she had no social media thingies. She used the Internet, of course, now and then, and one day bumped into 'Elegance of Fashion.' Naomi was but ten or eleven. Naomi thought 'Elegance of Fashion' was the prettiest thing ever - it had these things (posts) all about her favourite movies! Why! Then Naomi found Oldfashioned Charm, Frims and Frills, Regency Delight and Yet Another Period Drama blog. She LOVED those blogs. She found them pretty, fascinating.
The thought about having a blog (she didn't know it was called a 'blog', of course, but that's beside the point) didn't even occur to her. Having a blog must be extremely expensive, Naomi thought.
Years past. Naomi continued to love those Period Drama blogs. She didn't understand much, though - what on earth is 'a tag'?!!! What, for Pete's sake is 'Beautiful people'?!!! And Naomi was killed with curiosity about not knowing what 'Nanowrimo' was. And so on.
In her real life, she watched some more Period Dramas and became a real Period Drama geek (which officially started with P&P95 of course - read about my PD story here, if you're interested (which you're probably not, I know.)) And then... one day she bumped into another blog. It was called 'For the Beauty of the Earth' and the writer of the blog was Naomi's age. 14. Like, how could she afford it? :-P
|This header brings back so many memories.|
And then Naomi discovered commenting. She played Miss Laurie's games on her blog 'Old Fashioned Charm' and commented on all Emma's posts. She couldn't take in the thrill of CONVERSING with the rich owners of those blogs. She adored those people and dreamt of 'really being one of them.'
And then she realised she COULD BE one of them. It was POSSIBLE.
So then, readers, I didn't want anything else but to have my own blog. But that time I was already emailing seriously with Emma, who was the main person who influenced me to blog. Then, after my parents consented to it, I started one. I had LOADS of problems first, no clue about anything and all that. Thank goodness I had my Emma to email to in frantic tears. She was ever so sweet and emailed me all the how-to's and all that. Thank you again about that, dearie. :-)
And the rest is history. I posted LOADS and I ADORED (and still adore) blogging. I have never ever regretted blogging.
Time for the numbers and all that jazz, now.
~I have written 174 posts. WOW. How izz that possibul. That's like, one every three days. Glup.
~I have changed my blog look loads of times...
~I have 25,004 pageviews. BEWILDERNESS.
~ 20 Movies I am Burning to see was the most popular post, with 689 pageviews. I guess people like to see what I've not seen rather than what I have.
~ I haven't had too many weird search keywords, but this one made me giggle because sorry, whoever wrote that, I haven't got any posts about that: edmund pevensie costume
~ The majority of my readers comes from USA.
~ I have 55 followers.
Now it's time to thank you. I have to do so profusely and from the bottom of my heart. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Your comments are just so beautifully kind and you make me smile and be me more than you realise. Before I started blogging I wasn't really me. Blogging has made me shape and find who I really was, and without you all that wouldn't have happened. Thank you for being so welcoming from the very start and thank you for commenting and commenting those glorious I-will-always-love comments. Thank you for wanting me. It means the world. :-)
I LOVE YOU.