Friday, January 20, 2006

The Blog That Ate The Internet

Zero score and one year ago, I brought forth upon this internet a new blog, conceived in my head and dedicated to the proposition that all blogs are created equal.

Friends, bloggers and countrymen, I came not to bury websites, but to praise them.

To blog or not to blog, that is the question.

It was the best of blogs, it was the worst of blogs.

It was a dark and stormy blog.

SIGH! Blogger's block! I am having trouble coming up with an opening sentence.

I thought it would be easy to write this posting, it is a milestone after all. Maybe, I could have hired a belly dancer to liven up the celebration. Or maybe, I could have had a guest blogger like Alfred E. Newman. Perhaps, I could get a bunch of the ol' boys from W.Va. and have a real hoe-down!

On the first anniversary of my blog, I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge all of the readers and commenters who have stopped by during the year. Of course, it is to those who return day after day, that I am most grateful.

My posting, No.500, which curiously dealt with celebrating my 500th post, was in a way a preamble to the anniversary. Without going out on a limb, I can honestly say that the bloggers I have "met" and with whom I've swapped comments, I can call friends. I'd like to think that if we met in person, we would also be friends.

So, rather than praise myself and my accomplishment of blogging for a year, instead I will praise all of you. Without your patronage, none of his would have been possible.

I have found by skimming through my archives, that I have inadvertantly left behind a journal of sorts. While a lot of my postings are irreverent, there is a smattering of my life in chronological order, detailed in a way that my memory would not be able to reconstruct. I had forgotten that last winter the Boston area received nearly a hundred inches of snow. I didn't remember the setbacks that confounded me when I worked on our bathroom, or replaced floor boards in the back hall. I can recall the joy and beauty of my daughter's wedding, but the details of the things that went wrong leading up to her special day were fuzzy at best.

I didn't realize that inspite of myself, my blog in part has become an autobiography. Despite trying to write in complete anonymity, I have actually succeeded in baring my soul. Who I am, what I am, and where I am coming from can all be found in the words that have appeared on this site. At times persnickety, but always innocuous, this shell of a body harbors a clown. In another life, I might have been a court jester. In still another, there might have been a travelling minstrel. In this life? I am a man who tries to be funny, always looking for the lighter side of an otherwise overcast existence.

In the year to come, bear with me, laugh with me, laugh at me, but above all else - laugh at yourself. I do. You know what? It works! I have confidence, you readers gave it to me, that the year to come will be rife with guffaws, giggles, grins, and best of all - smiles.



Cheri said...

Happy 1 Year!!! While I am relatively new to your blog, I have to tell you that you make me smile matter how bad the day may seem, I am guranteed to come to your blog and laugh!

So thanks!! Here's to another 50 years at least (of course, by then you could make the same post everyday and I will probably not even notice)!!

Congrats again!!! XOXO

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary! Yours was one of the first blogs I visited when I joined the blogosphere. You move me. :-)

Peter said...

Congratulations on the years postings Mike, I've not read them all but the ones I have, I've enjoyed you have to all intents and purposes achieved your goal of producing humorous writings.

Nankin said...

I have nothing clever to impart this AM, but happy anniversary anyway.

Carolyn said...

kAs I read the part where you call yourself a clown, my eyes wondered to the mantle where sits an old cast iron clown bank. One of those where you put the quarter in his hand, push a lever, and he tosses it in his mouth. Now I shall forever think of you when I look at it :D

Anonymous said...

Congrats on reaching such a milestone. Here's to a whole new 500 in the year ahead!

P.S. And the proper abbreviation would be WV. Just sayin'...


kenju said...

Happy Anniversary, Mike. You make me smile/laugh every time I come here - so I wish you many more posts to come.

Ivy the Goober said...

I laugh at myself all the time. Might as well, huh. Happy anniversary on your blog :)

Duke_of_Earle said...

Just don't stop, OK? You have a devoted fan base. We'll all be upset if we come looking and there's no "IOTM".


the many Bs said...

Happy anniversary, Pointy. You've got a good little blog space here. Lots of fun.

Hale McKay said...

Jennifer,yes the correct abbreviation is WV, but I always thought WVa looked so much cooler. Just an old habit. (Me Frank - I did it my way.)

TMelendez said...

and after the opening of this post, you'll soon be able to write your own speech!! :-D

Shannon akaMonty said...

I know I'm late to the party (as usual), but happy anniversary! Here's to another year that will be even more splendid. :)