March 11, 2006
One
Today is my blogaversary. Hard to believe that for 365 days I have been writing for, obsessing about, forcing friends and their grandmas to read, and getting frustrated about those who just don't get this blog.

I'm not entirely sure whether or not it's evident, but I don't take this site at all lightly. She is not unlike the child that I never want to have. I worry about whether or not she will be accepted by others and try to help her make friends in her new community. I dress her up so she looks presentable when she leaves the house. I spend time nurturing her content and trying to find new ways to grow and innovate. She is, after all, the most intimate reflection of me.

And I have loved every minute of it. Few things give me as much joy as putting out a new post and seeing what all of you have to say about it. Many times you've been through something similar or just want to weigh in. Sometimes you agree, sometimes you don't. Sometimes you've had a bottle of wine and a bag of Baked Cheetos and you are just dropping in to say hello.

I love that. Rest assured, I read each and every comment. Many times more than once. Many times more than twice.

In reading this, it strikes me that this might seem exceedingly lame. It is, after all, a BLOG, a site most people think of as a stream of consciousness journal for the narcissist. But I consider this to be my public record. A place where I can put down the oddest of thoughts with relatively little judgment. The haven in which I expose my quirks (read: a preoccupation with bad/glorious puns, an obsession with putting male actors under my bed and those two hairballs with insect names - oh, and that clearly diagnosable and most unfortunate social phobia of playing softball).

The personal ties that have grown out of this collection of thoughts exceed every expectation. I didn't know when I began that a glorious network of like-minded folks existed worldwide. It was entirely unexpected that I could establish and maintain an online connection with so many of you, or ever meet fellow bloggers for a drink or a weekend. As is the fact that with odd consistency it seems as if these friendships began on the playground. These bonds are an unanticipated and beautiful reward.

I am saddened that in this year I have seen so many talented blogger friends shut down their sites (e.g., Megarita, it makes the baby Jesus cry). It makes me wonder how long I'll keep this up. Maybe Life will eventually take precedence, I'll max out on fodder, or you'll find another wino with whom to meet up for a drink.

Strangely, I remember the sad feeling I had in grad school when looking inside the case of a Howard Jones' Greatest Hits CD. Twenty years ago, the writer made the prediction that if the first ten years were any indication of the future, the artist would be making another compilation CD in the next decade (clearly, it wasn't to be; I'm pretty sure Howard is set to star on the next Surreal Life).

So I will make no predictions about what the future will hold. But I sure would love to be around here for another year.



By the way, I have no idea who that child is. But she looks as if she might enjoy reading blogs.


74 Comments:

Blogger Libragirl said...

Happy blogaversary from a new reader (I've only been around (reading you) for a few months) Look I did parenthsis in parenthsis. I'm so cool

Blogger rebecca_knox said...

I've been reading you since I moved to the city in July, as you know! You're by far my fave. (Runner-up: the Cookie!) When will I meet you!?

Mazel Tov :)

RK

Blogger Chaotic Mom said...

Congrats on your first year! With hopes of much more to come from you, too.

I just found you tonight, through themomshow.blogspot.com. VERY funny. I look forward to reading more.

Blogger Bridget Jones said...

Happy blogaversery!!! ANd many many more!!

Sure is a cutie there...

Blogger Kim said...

There will never be another wino for me.

This is where I could get all sappy and say how glad I am that you started blogging because if you hadn't I would never have met you, the awesome person that you are. But I won't. I have to go drinking.

Happy Blogaversary! xoxo

Blogger nursevl said...

I just recently started reading your blog (and blogging in November) and I can say you are one of my favorites!! Keep it up and you will be at it for a long time (hopefully). By the way, the whole Howard Jones situation disappointed me as well, still listen to him and shed a small tear.

Blogger Aimée said...

Congrats my dear friend! I'm so proud of all you've done on this hear site and beyond :-)

Blogger Aimée said...

crap. this HERE site. idiot.

Blogger J said...

Happy Blogaversary! I'm newish here as well, but I like your 'voice' and your humor. Keep it up as long as you have the passion for it.

BTW, I feel the same way about my blog. I love it. I never thought I would, didn't understand when my husband started one, etc. Now I can't stop. :)

Blogger Stefanie said...

We might be soulmates - if just for our love of wine. By the way, Howard Jones ended up on that show on VH1 where 80's band competed for who was still good. How ridiculous is that. Howard Jones of the Things Can Only Get Better and No One is to Blame.

Blogger Shawn said...

I actually don't read any of it...I'm just here for the slipper pictures.

Okay, maybe sometimes I read a little. Don't get all cocky...it's not like you make my whole day a little brighter. Fine, you do make my whole day a little brighter. Whatever...

Jeez...I admit it already...you're a bright spot in my day. I wish you had more posts. And I really do hope you're here a year from now.

Thanks.

Blogger Maliavale said...

Happy blogiversary, girl.

I wonder that, too -- when will all this end? Do we graduate? Do we look back fondly at our blogging memories?

It'll be interesting to see. Glad you're sticking around for now, though. ;-)

Blogger oregano said...

Happy anniversary, my bloggy friend.

Happy Blogaversary Kris,

"I'm pretty sure Howard is set to star on the next Surreal Life"

So are you going to say "no one ever is to blame," open a couple of vegetarian restaurants and fade into obscurity? I hope not.

Hey, you haven't been bored me once since I've started reading back in October and blog years are even older than dog years, so that's saying something.

Blogger Bill said...

Happy blogaversary! (That's a very odd word to type.) My experience is that people who like to write always write, whether it's a blog, letters, a journal or whatever. I don't know how long you'll keep blogging (hopefully a long time) but you'll likely keep writing one way or another.

Besides, there is just SO much material out there.

Blogger JordanBaker said...

All the best blogs have March birthdays.

Blogger Marcia said...

ooohhh. Your blog's a Pices. (I have no idea what that really means, but I'm sure that a lot of people would have fun disecting the fact that your blog was born while venus was rising - or something. I have no idea.)

Congratulations!

Blogger Wicked H said...

They says it’s your Blog’s Birthday!

Happy Blogiversary to you.

What? No party?

For the record, when I read it is after consuming regular Cheetos. Baked are just sacrilegious.

Anonymous Jorge said...

That girl likes she enjoys reading your blog.
Happy One Year!

Who are you again?

:)

Blogger Candace said...

Happy Blirthday...I, for one, would be very sad to see you go. So stay and write some more, okay?

Blogger On top of my game said...

First time, reading your blog, Happy blogaversary! I can already relate, just started blogging myself. Keep it up!

Anonymous nabbalicious said...

Happy, happy blogaversary!! I hope you have many more great years to come, and here's to an endless stream of fodder.

Blogger yournamehere said...

I enjoy your blog. The writing is funny without having to resort to profanities relied upon by lesser talents such as myself.

When are you coming to Vegas to have a glass or two of outrageously overpriced wine?

Blogger twobuyfour said...

Hilarious stuff. I am glad that I stumbled across your site. Keep it up.

Blogger Genevieve said...

congrats! keep it up!

Blogger mysterygirl! said...

Happy blogoversary! I'm so glad that I found your blog-- it consistently makes me smile, and beyond wine and cupcakes, very few things achieve that distinction.
xs and os,
mg!

Blogger Brookelina said...

As stated in my profile, I'm just here for the food.

Love you Kris. Next year, bring cake.

Blogger Neil said...

Congrats, Kris. I've always likey.

Blogger babyjewels said...

When I first started blogging I stumbled upon you and thought you were the shit.

I still do. Happy Anniversary.

Happy blogiversary to my favorite B-list blogebrity.

Blogger angelatee said...

Happy Anniversary! You're an inspiration to us all. .

Blogger scout said...

I really like your blog. Linked you to mine, hope you don't mind?

Anonymous jurgen nation said...

I love ya, Mama. Did you ever think another blogger would consider you one of her best friends?

Yeah, there's going to be a PPO greeting me when I walk out the door tomorrow. Sigh.

Blogger kitkat said...

There are a lot of people doing the blogaversay right about now. Interesting. I remember this blog in its early stages (wiping a tear from my eye). We were so innocent then. Hehe.

Blogger Sizzle said...

i forgot my own blogaversary so i am gonna celebrate yours with extra fervor. because why? because you rock the casbah.

you better be around for a long time.
:) sizz

Blogger Danielle said...

Happy blogaversary Kris! I love it here! Wishing you many more years of bloggy goodness and inspiration up the wazoo!

Blogger Phain said...

I just found your blog a few weeks ago and have been enjoying it lots and lots. Looking forward to the next year...

Blogger Beth said...

Happy blogaversary Kris! I can't believe you've only being doing this for a year -- your writing is so awesome that I'd assumed you'd invented blogging!

Blogger Megarita said...

Hahahaahaha I totally thought that kid was you!! Bwahahaha!! Random child sucked into blogger crime ring, forced to hold cake and pose for blogaversary photos!

I'm sorry about the baby Jesus, Kris. I'm just feeding off your funny now. :)

Blogger Thérèse said...

Happy blogaversary, Kris.

*blows kisses*

Blogger Heather B. said...

Happy Blogiversary of the S&V variety.

(that makes it extra special)

;-)

Blogger Poppy Cede said...

Happy anniversary, blog!

Blogger Keith said...

That little girl? The third Olsen twin. happy 1 year.

Blogger Guinness_Girl said...

Happy blog birthday!!!! :)

Blogger Debby said...

HAPPY BLOGVERSARY KRIS AND MANY MANY MORE!!!!!!!

Blogger Cheryl said...

Happy Blog Birthday!

Items:
1) Are Baked Cheetos any good? I hesitate to try them.

2) I don't you will ever run out of fodder.

3)There could never be another wino.

4) Who doesn't get this blog? I totally get it!

Blogger afromabq said...

You're writing is amazing and even though I always have to read it twice, I eventually get it! :) I think you're to witty for your own good!

Thanks for entertaining us - I hope you'll be doing it for years to come. Happy blogaversary!

Blogger Carolyn said...

I'm glad I found your blog this year. You're a great writer, funny and thought-provoking at the same time. Keep up the great work!

By the way, the first concert I ever went to see was Howard Jones in high school. The second time I saw him was at one of those bar-b-que fest at some fairgrounds. Poor guy. He used to be so talented.

Blogger Egan said...

I'm a little late to this birthday pigpile, but congrats to you Kris. Your blog is top notch stuff. Keep on bloggin'!

Blogger Lisa Ann said...

I'm already looking forwarding to your second blog-aversary!

So glad I came across your site.

Blogger zeldafitz said...

Joyeaux anniversaire! Keep going. You really hit the nail on the head about the peculiar force that draws us into both writing blogs and reading them...it is more than a compusion--it is, as you said, a public record.

Yer great.

Blogger Penny said...

I hope you never run out of ideas! Mainly because I love your blog and hope you keep writing for a long time. Congrats on your first year!

Oh...and now I have U2's "One" running on repeat in my head. Thought of it as soon as I read your post title. At least it got the Toys R Us theme out.

Blogger Chantel said...

Happy Blog Anniversary.

Blogger Weary Hag said...

Congrats to one hell of a fine blogger!

And no, I didn't think for one tiny second that little girl was a younger you. Nope. Not for one second. Okay, maybe for one.

Keep up the great work!

Anonymous Jacynth said...

Rock on with your blog self. I love the site and love that you are dedicated to it. I hope that when your child turns two, they are not terrible, rather, that they will flourish and win more awards and make me smile every day.

Blogger Jess Riley said...

Happy blogaversary! You've raised a fine blog here. You're so talented you'll never end up opening for REO Speedwagon at county fairs. I just know it.

Anonymous gorillabuns said...

happy blogawhateveryoucallit....
i personally get excited to see what funny and smart things you have to say (did i say excited, that's creepy, i mean i like to read your blog...)

by the way, no howard jones on the next surreal life though alexis (pre-surgery) arquette and mrs. brady will be on there. that ought to be interesting..

Blogger Dana said...

Oh, I worry every day that my blog will do something wrong and be alienated from the other kids. That she'll have to buy back their affections with sweet treats, or that she'll have to threaten to tell all their secrets if they don't let her in on that lunchtime game of hopscotch.

(Do kids even play hopscotch anymore?)

You mean we started blogging eleven days apart?

It's...it's like fate saying that we are meant.....to JUST miss each other.

Blogger Diet Coke of Evil said...

Happy Blogiversary!

You were the FIRST DC area blog I started reading. It was through you that I found my way into this DC blog-land. So thanks!

We should knock back a bottle of white sometime. :)

Blogger NARDAC said...

Happy Bloggiversary. I wish you had a competition, or something. Something we couldn't answer by looking up wikipedia. I wish you were closer, so we could meet each other in our respective cities, after driving for respectable hours, eating lots of KFC and karoaking Thompson Twins, all the way.

You rock.

Blogger Jasclo said...

Oh holy hell. You have a lot of comments to read. Let me just say HI! And happy blogoversary and all that good stuff. Also regards to the furballs. Now get out the bottle and the uncorking tool. I'll be right over for a toast.

(clink!)

Blogger Complacent Chase said...

Ha ha...Love the comment about the girl in the pic! hee hee

Happy Blogaversary!!!
[holding up glass of champagne]
Here's to a another great year of insightful, provocative, clever, and never dull posts on your blog. Cheers!

Blogger playfulinnc said...

Better late than never?

You float to the top, Kris~

Blogger LBseahag said...

mmmm...i smell cake...

Happy Blogday!

Blogger missbhavens said...

Happiest of anniversaries to you!

And you know what? One of the things I love about reading your posts is that I feel like I learn something new each time I visit! For instance, I always thought that yuor blog was male, and yet here you are calling it "she"!

You're like my Blog Sensai!

Blogger kimmay said...

happy anniversary kris! i'm so happy to be able to delight in your humor from a distance.

Blogger DC Cookie said...

We need to toast over a glass of vino...outside the mayhem of a blogger happy hour. No really, it was a pleasure meeting you. You're wit-tastic.

Anonymous Jennifer said...

A belated happy one year, and several toasts to many happy returns.

Unless, of course, I've already left good tidings and just can't remember/find them in this haystack of comments.

In that case, just several toasts. Yanno, for the hell of it. :-)

Blogger Washington Cube said...

Happy Anniversary on a successful year.

Blogger tmaris said...

I didn't realize you've only been doing this for a year- you seem so seasoned. And you have such a following. How do you do it?

Blogger Barbara said...

Kris -- You just made me realize that my Blog has become my third child. What an interesting way to look at it! No wonder I worry about it and try to protect it. I hope I never feel forced to shut it down. That would be a sad day. You have added some wonderful new reading material to my growing list!

Blogger bandick said...

Thanks, Kris. Just...thanks.

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