Anniversary

Sunday, November 29, 2009
Today is the 2nd anniversary of Hot Chicks Dig Smart Men. Every day for the last two years, I've written something for this blog. Sometimes I struggle to find subject matter. Sometimes I can't wait to blog about a specific event or idea. Sometimes I post mediocre content because I'm tired and unmotivated, or my off-line life intrudes and takes time away from quality control and research. And sometimes I shoot myself in the foot and can't get out of my own way to save my life.

I've gotten to know some really amazing people through the blogging process, and learned things about subjects I never would have pursued if left to my own devices. I've attracted some freeze-dried whackaloons to my on-line home, and I've been threatened with libel suits on three separate occasions. I've learned the lesson (and not for the first time) that people of good conscience can disagree about matters of importance without making the disagreement personal. I've learned people who troll the Internet on topics like abortion and leave comments on random blogs typically aren't interested in discussion or in others' points of view. But occasionally, drive-by commenters are interested in civil discussion, and you won't know the difference until you give people the chance to show you who they are. I've learned I have a propensity to abuse italics. I've learned my grasp of grammar is a bit sketchy, but I usually know how to use an apostrophe. And I've learned my writing style can make people believe I'm a supercilious bitch, but their opinion doesn't make that judgment true.

All in all, it's been a positive experience. Thank you for sharing it with me.

16 comments:

Eric said...

No, thank you!

Happy anniversary, and many more: it's been a pleasure to follow you.

Karl said...

Follow you in a non-creepy, non-stalker kinda way, that is.

Thanks, Janiece! Happy Anniversary!

Nathan said...

Happy Anniversary.

Now get back to being a bitch!

Janiece said...

You guys make me laugh.

In a non-stalker, non-creepy, bitchy kind of way.

Dr. Phil (Physics) said...

Oh yeah, cheap way to take care of today's quota! (congrats)

Dr. Phil

Janiece said...

Phil, you got that right!

Megan said...

Happy blogiversary!

neurondoc said...

Well, I'm glad you blog because that's how I found you. And then got to meet you in Real Life. :-)

Vagabond said...

Janiece, Happy anniversary on the occaision of your (roughly) 730th post. Here's one of my favorite folks (historically) talking about a job well done . . .

"Every man is proud of what he does well; and no man is proud of what he does not do well. With the former, his heart is in his work; and he will do twice as much of it with less fatigue. The latter performs a little imperfectly, looks at it in disgust, turns from it, and imagines himself exceedingly tired. The little he has done, comes to nothing, for want of finishing."

— Abraham Lincoln
September 30, 1859 in Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society.

You have every right to be proud for a job exceedingly well done! Thanks again for all the help!

Anne C. said...

I'm with Natalie. I enjoy your blog exceedingly, but my greatest pleasure has come from the fact that I have gotten to know you (and those near and dear to you) in real life. :)

Happy Anniversary, Janiece!

nzforme said...

Congratulations!

Steve Buchheit said...

Happy Bloggerversary, Janiece. We haven't always agreed on everything, but at least we have the conversation.

Janiece said...

Thanks, everyone.

And Steve, if everyone agreed with me all the time, then I'd have a stable of bug-eating man-bitches. What fun would that be?

The Mechanicky Gal said...

And I too have met some wonderful people via your blog! It's one of the first things I check out each day. Please attract more crazies, because they are SO entertaining. For me, at least.

Carol Elaine said...

Happy 2nd Anniversary, Janiece! The BlogWorld - and my world - are much richer with you around.

And I mean that in the most stalkery, creepiest, bitchiest way possible.

Darlin'.

Ilya said...

Happy anniversary, Janiece! Keep it up!