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21 March, 2013

first_birthday

Today is the first birthday of this blog. Yep, it was 365 days ago that I registered the TRG name and wrote this first post. Between then and now I have written 370 posts of varying quality and interest. That’s more than one a day. Sorry. And I still haven’t worked out this blog’s raison d’etre other than it being a place where I can upload my thoughts. Sometimes the words have poured from me and I’ve had to hold back publishing so as not to use up all my everything in one go, other days I have stared at an empty screen wondering if I have said all there is to say and that it might be time to sign off. But I’m still here. And even when I am writing fiction, my blog remains true to the promises I made in that first post.

Some things have stayed the same over the year – my home, work, WIP and lust for GAW are all as they were – while some things have changed – I am more settled emotionally, I understand better how my head works, my finances are improved, and I am writing more fiction than I have done for years.

The biggest change has been in the confidence I have in myself, both as a writer and as a person (well some elements of my person anyway) and that is mainly thanks to the support I have from many of YOU. Some of you have been reading this blog for a while, some have signed up more recently, but I am grateful to all of you for being there, for commenting, for encouraging me, for putting up with my ranting. Some of you will have a mention in the thanks page when my WIP is published, some of you will have signed copies. I have come to know a few of you and to see you as friends and some of you I am closer to than people I know in the real world. How is that possible when we have never met? I don’t know, probably the remove of being at the other end of the internet and in some cases in a different continent helps.

I am not one for self-promotion and I don’t make it easy for anyone to find my blog. I don’t spend hours liking and following random posts in the hope they will follow me back and boost my stats. In fact I barely even check my stats now. But I know they aren’t high. Which is fine – I didn’t start blogging so that I could be widely read. I wouldn’t want to ever be Freshly Pressed because I wouldn’t want the added pressure of more people looking over my shoulder. I don’t publicise my posts on my facebook and twitter pages, I don’t even have FB or twitter accounts for TRG (note to self – at least sign up for them even if I’m not going to use them). Anyone who finds me has usually done so by finding a comment I made on another blog and following the click. But however you found me, thank you for being there, for being here. It means a lot to shy, irrelevant me that you take the time to read what I have to say.

I wonder what the second year of blogging will be like, online and offline. Will Jessica and Toby still be together? Will I still be writing Frific entries? Will I post my link on Rochelle’s page? Where will the Relay have moved on to? Will I still be working at the same job? And on the same WIP? Will I have met the woman of my dreams? Will I have fucked that up and will she have left me? Will I still be posting? Will you still be reading me? Will you have met me? Here’s to the next year and to finding the answers to these questions together.

 

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24 Comments
  1. GiRRL_Earth permalink

    Happy (blog) birthday!

    BTW, you and I have this in common:

    “I am not one for self-promotion and I don’t make it easy for anyone to find my blog. I don’t spend hours liking and following random posts in the hope they will follow me back and boost my stats. In fact I barely even check my stats now. But I know they aren’t high. Which is fine – I didn’t start blogging so that I could be widely read. I wouldn’t want to ever be Freshly Pressed because I wouldn’t want the added pressure of more people looking over my shoulder. I don’t publicise my posts on my facebook and twitter pages, I don’t even have FB or twitter accounts”

    I blog because I became very ill during the latter part of 2010. I suspected food and my environment had something to do with it. Two operations (one major, one minor), out of work on short term disability left me with a lot of time on my hands to think about my life and the world today. I have always had a passion for animals. I believe I inherited this passion from my father. During my early 20s I learned of factory farming, vivisection, puppy mills, and so on… which prompted me to become a vegetarian. However, I turned my back on the dark ugly side of animal exploitation. December 22, 2010 I made the decision to become a vegan and since that time, I have been learning everything I can about animal exploitation so I can put an end to it. I don’t quite yet know how, but I do know becoming a vegan is a step in the right direction. 🙂

    I know there are people out there who blog because they like to take passive-aggressive shots at the people in their lives. Those bloggers I stay away from. However, bloggers like you and many many others who have a passion for writing, well those are the blogs I love to follow and read. I have only just started following you so I’ve got some catching up to do but rest assured, unless I drop dead I see no reason for not following you to the very end of time. Ha-ha!

    Best
    GE

    • HI GE! Thanks for reading, following and taking the time to comment.
      I too seem to have a lot of time on my hands (being single and not much of a socialiser makes sure of that) and this blog gives me an outlet for the stuff that goes on in my head.
      I became veggie about 7 years ago after thinking about it and reducing my meat intake for a couple of years before. I am veggie for many reasons, but the unpleasant existence of many farmed animals is a very large part of it. And I also realise that mistreatment goes on even if i am not eating their meat, and I feel the urge to become vegan, or at least to reduce my dairy and animal product intake. Reading your posts increases that urge, and hopefully I will be able to go through with that urge

      • GiRRL_Earth permalink

        Well if you need support/guidance I’m here. I can also refer you to some awesome vegan bloggers who have AMAZING recipes. 🙂

        p.s. Definitely try to ditch the dairy. I recently posted about the abuse. Plus the whole process industry (organic or not) is egregious. As I tell people, the only way to get milk from a cow is to get her pregnant, let her give birth, take her baby away from her and hook her up to a milking machine. The average lifespan of a dairy cow is 5 years, after that she is spent and sent to the slaughter processor to be ground up into hamburger. If she gives birth to a male calf, he is either killed or placed into a veal crate. The natural lifespan of a dairy cow is 20 years. So when you think about it, 5 years isn’t very old.

        I could go on but you get the point. Mercy for Animals has some very hard to watch video footage on the dairy farm abuse.

        Oh and thanks for taking the time to comment on my comment. 🙂

        Social life? What’s that??? Ha!

      • Thanks. its a big decision to make and a big commitment but its the right thing

  2. Congrats friend!

    • thank you fellow writer and fellow southerner 🙂

      • I can’t believe it’s been a year? I can only count myself at about seven months as there was a bit of a GAP. I will tell you however that your blog is one of the ones I look forward to reading…. 🙂 So, make sure you stick around!

      • aww thanks 🙂 as long as i have something to say, i’ll be bashing this keyboard!

  3. You – sir are not irrelevant. I’ve been thinking on writing a post about this thought – men (that’s you RG) who are writing things I have read have made me a better woman. Why? How in the hell?! Well, I’ll tell you. Your exposure of the many sides of your mind have enlightened my concepts of men in a very sweet manner by allowing me to see your working and achieved tough goals ( Congrats on your book again!), triumphs, concerns, opinions, desires and fears. I am a softer person for reading you and other men’s posts. I have a softer side to offer now – thanks to you. XO, Jayne keep it up!

  4. Happy 1st blogiversary!! It’s very nice to know ya! 🙂

  5. Happy Birthday, Kid…

  6. I enjoy your writings very much, look forward to your new work Gentleman, you have alot of talent. Congrats!!

  7. My life is forever changed and better with you in it. Thank you for being one of the best friends I have. Thank you for always being an ear when all I need is to know someone is there. I love you TRG.

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