June 11, 2005

Where Did the Time Go?

I can’t believe it’s been a year. I’ve been blogging for one year.

That’s right. Today. I’ve been blogging. One year. Holy crap, Lions tours (turn up the sound if you've not seen this link). Say it isn’t so.

For those of you who don’t know, my exposure to the blogosphere started on March 7, 2004. Our Sunday paper had an article on the Retrosexual Male and it published my Blog Father Graus Retrosexual Code, that if you have not seen, is funny as hell. Anyway, the newspaper listed the URL for his blog and I took a look. Of course the first thing that was readily apparent was that the newspaper had cleaned up his code… you know… the whole ‘family paper’ thing. *Big Grin*

I started to read him daily. It was more than just what he wrote, which is some great stuff, but it was also the repartee he had with his commenters… his buddies, who are too numerous to mention! These guys ragged on each other unmercifully. They completely cracked me up. After reading them for a couple weeks, I started to comment. He’d sometimes hit on something I knew a lot about and felt compelled to share my view. I commented as –D, if you were reading him then. I even participated in the Kilt for the Corps. Grau headed up an effort to get a Marine who played the pipes, a good camo kilt.

On May 8th Grau posted a blog move for this guy at Bad Example. I went over and thought he was funny… and stayed. I never commented. Then on 21 May, he wrote something that I felt the need to comment upon, so I e-mailed him. He asked if he could post it in his comments. It’s HERE, overlook the spam. It’s funny, I looked for it today and I know the commenters now… Tammi being one. It cracks me up to know the players now… not knowing them before.

I eventually started feeling comfortable enough to comment. And… Harv felt comfortable enough to start prodding me to blog. He said I was wasting writing abilities lurking in people’s comments. I didn’t think anything of it. I was comfortable in other’s comments. I had by then expanded my personal blogosphere to John of Castle Argghhh! and his wife Beth at She Who Will Be Obeyed.

It was Memorial Day, when I was sitting at the big service in West Palm Beach, watching the Marines, the ‘nam Knights, the wreath laying, the widow and the men who closed ranks around her, that started me thinking… “I think I’d blog this…”

Slowly I would see things I would blog about. I started thinking more like a Blogger, I guess. That’s what I do now. Something happens and I think, “I am SOOO blogging THIS!”

And with that, Harvey got me going to Blogger, I set up my first site, which is on my sidebar, but is also HERE, and that was that. June 11, 2004.

Since then I’ve met a good number of Bad Example family members, I’ve grown fond of a number of bloggers… and I love reading through my blogroll... it is now a sense of familiarity. I like to know what these folks are thinking. I like to hear them laugh in their words. They transport me elsewhere and I feel like I'm sharing with them their lives, their views... their minds.

It’s been a fun ride.

One year. Harvey didn’t think it would ever happen; I know I made him nuts, but he was ever so patient. And to think it all started over at Grau’s Retrosexual Code… printed in my local paper.

Posted by Boudicca at June 11, 2005 09:28 PM

I always wondered how you found Grau and Harvey... it just seemed so unlikely a match....


Posted by: caltechgirl at June 11, 2005 10:37 PM

That "gym" link was a blast from the past! Happy Blogiversary :-)

Posted by: Sally at June 12, 2005 06:29 AM

Congrats! Now go eat a big piece of cake and sit all day long. ;-) Just joking on the cake! I am so glad you started blogging. I remember getting emails from you about your kids that just cracked me up. Rain coats for wasps, and so on. Nice to see you putting these stories on your blog.

Happy Blogversary and many more.

Posted by: vw bug at June 12, 2005 07:50 AM

Congrats, Bou! Doesn't hardly seem like a year... but it's been great!

Posted by: That 1 Guy at June 12, 2005 07:59 AM

... I am very glad, for whatever reason, you finally started a blog... you write some incredible stories... Harvey and Grau have done us all a great service...

Posted by: Eric at June 12, 2005 08:49 AM

Happy Blogoversary!

And thanks... you spurred me to think that a Happy Blogoversary song is needed.

BTW, ya will remember to send Harv a Blogfather's Day card for the (fast) approaching Blogfathers Day, wontcha?


(Yeh, you already sent him a Blogmothers Day card, right? but we'll just not go there...)

Posted by: David at June 12, 2005 10:01 AM

Happy Blogiversary!!! :)

Posted by: pam at June 12, 2005 02:05 PM

Oh, WOW!


That's awesome.

; )

Posted by: Christina at June 12, 2005 03:20 PM

Happy Blogiversary!! And wishing you many more happy years of blogging........ :-)

Posted by: Richmond at June 12, 2005 04:34 PM

Wow! Happy Bloggiversary! A year sure is a milesone!!! Here's to many more..

Posted by: Marie at June 12, 2005 04:51 PM

Thank you, all! It's been fun. It's saved my sanity more times than I care to remember this year. :)

Mostly, though, thank you for coming by and seeing what's going on in the 'crazy lady's head'.

Posted by: Bou at June 12, 2005 08:51 PM

I never knew that! How cool! And how very glad I am that you started and inspired me! :-)

Posted by: Sissy at June 12, 2005 09:41 PM

Oh, and congratulations!! :-)

Posted by: Sissy at June 12, 2005 09:42 PM

Dear god, I'm a lousy blogparent!!

Happy belated Blogiversary Bou!!

(Do we get to spank you?)

Posted by: Graumagus at June 12, 2005 10:50 PM

Congratulations! Now you just have to keep up all the good work... *G*

Posted by: Laughing Wolf at June 13, 2005 05:44 AM

OO! Spankings!

NOW you have my attention :-)

Posted by: Harvey at June 13, 2005 07:38 AM