July 15, 2008

100th Post

It seems a little silly, celebrating my 100th blog post, when it took me a bleeding year and a half to get here. But looking back at what I've written, I'm pretty happy.

This blog started as a place to be me on the internet, not just the bits of me that come out when I'm a guest at someone else's site. And I wanted to do it without resorting to this-is-what-I-did-today posts. Not that there's anything wrong with them. I'm just convinced I live a boring life, which is fine by me. As I've mentioned before, drama is less fun for the protagonist than for the reader.

For quite a while, I didn't go back into my own archives. As much as I wanted someplace to be me, I'm a pretty private person. In order to start myself blogging, I had to pretend that no one was ever going to read any of it and that I was writing disposable words. This probably explains why I hardly ever wrote anything.

Then, 40-50 posts in, I stopped and reread everything. I don't know that I'd say there were any diamonds in the bunch, but what I was writing wasn't disposable. It also wasn't all of me, or even as much of me as I'm willing to be in public. Pretending the blog was disposable was keeping me from doing what I set out to do. And now that I had that much blogging behind me, I couldn't really pretend anymore.

So I started writing more kinds of things more often, and so far at least, it seems to be working. Blog friends, RSS feeds, guest blogging, lurkers, trolls, blogrolls--this place is turning into a real blog. Thanks to all of you for joining the party. I didn't imagine this when I started, but it's pretty cool. I can't wait to see what I do in the next 100 posts.

Heck, I can't wait for 101. It's looking to be a doozy.

10 comments:

JanieBelle said...

Congrats, Steph!

I think your blog is working out just fine, and just the way it's supposed to - which is whatever way you want.

Kisses

Christopher said...

Congratulations on making it this far and not wanting to quit. Heck, now you've got me really interested in no.101.

Stephanie Zvan said...

Thanks, Janie. It's getting there. Kisses back.

Christopher, I'll have to come up with something special then. The one I had in mind isn't going to work out quite the way I planned.

Glendon Mellow: The Flying Trilobite said...

Congratulations, Ms. Zvan!

I like reading your blog because you always have something new to say. Too many others are just mouthpieces repeating some of the "big names". There's a place for that too, of course, it shows community and solidarity.

But it's much more fun to read an original point of view on things, and original posts.

Kelly McCullough said...

Congrats!

Stephanie Zvan said...

Wow, Glendon, thanks! I don't know what to say to that, but I certainly appreciate being appreciated. :)

Thank you, too, Kelly. You were the first person to link to the blog, which meant I couldn't hide anymore.

Greg Laden said...

Congratulations!! And many more, I hope!

Stephanie Zvan said...

Me too, Greg. But if I ever start posting as much as you do, send someone to unplug my keyboard please. :)

Mike Haubrich, FCD said...

One hundred. You're just a kid! Congrats on making it this far. And congrats on not letting it be an addiction....

Stephanie Zvan said...

As a blogger anyway, Mike, yeah. Thanks!