Monday, November 9, 2009

DMoG, Day Nine

Holy birthday candles, Batman! I was so busy with my novel - and it's coming along swimmingly, by which I mean I just flushed my manuscript down the lah-treen-AY - I plum overlooked my blog's one-year anniversary!

(And thank you for your concern. I didn't really start my novel over. I'm writing these blog posts in advance, so I'm mostly just guessing at what will be happening by the time they are published!)

9: I'm thankful for blogging. After my sister pestered me for months, I finally took the plunge into the blogging waters on November 3, 2008. Amber had introduced me to a couple of blogs, including Seriously, So Blessed, which (I'm sorry, fans) read like a giant text message and mostly served to remind me that I'm old enough to be most bloggers' aunt. So I resisted on the grounds that I had only recently progressed to the e-mail stage of technology-based communication, and my generation takes a while to adapt.

But realizing as I did that a blog is a great way to flex your writing muscles, I went ahead and started one, hoping but never really believing that anyone would read it.

Blogging has exceeded my expectations. I feel like I've improved as a writer (I even use punctuation and, whaddyacallit, grammar) and it has given me the confidence to take this pursuit to the next level. Admittedly, that next level is currently enjoying a porcelain swirly, but still, I have no regrets.

And I have been absolutely, joyfully blindsided by the relationship aspect of blogging. I never in a million years would have expected to count people I have never met as my friends. Nor did I anticipate meeting many of my 'virtual reality' friends in 'real reality', only to discover that we were basically long-lost roommates from the Pre-Existence Dorms.

'Charrette', 'Motherboard' (whose names I really do know), Sherrie, Kristina, Melissa - it's like we picked up where we left off back in pre-ex prep school. I love you, I really do.

And the best, most unexpected payoff has been the relationship I have developed with my sister, Amber. She was nine when I married and left home, and by the time she was a grownup I was living a gazillion miles away. But blogging has introduced us to each other as our adult selves, and along with shared friendships with most of the above mentioned bloggers, we've developed a friendship with each other that I'm not sure could have happened in any other way.

Love you, little sister. Thank you for bringing this wonderful opportunity into my life.

And you're right: People who hate blogging don't get it.

They just don't get it at all.


The Garden of Egan said...

Once again....Amen Sista!
At least you're only the "great Aunt" of the blogging world. I'm like the great-grandma!
Love your stuff!

Maureen said...

I'm in there with you sista -- I'm everyone's aunt in my group of bloggers too! But I love reading adn sharing in the blog world.

And, from one novelist to another, good luck with your manuscript!

L.T. Elliot said...

Happy Anniversary, DaNae. I, for one, am very happy you fell victim to the blogosphere. I love it here. =]

Sarah said...

One of the funnest things I have done in the last year is when I got to meet you and Amber. I never imagined I would have so much in common with people I had never actually met. I really do think this blogging thing is heaven sent.

Kristina P. said...

It really has been amazing. My favorite testament is my friend Brittany, who adopted their little boy. Had we never met through blogging, Liam would not have been theirs.

We will miss you on Wednesday!


Lara said...

Blogging definitely rocks. And I am amazed by all the dear friends I have that I have never met in the flesh. DeNae included. :)

And I HATE Seriously, So Blessed. I cannot even stand reading it. The idea is funny and I get it, and laugh sometimes, but I cannot plow through all of the text-speak and misspelled words and stay sane. I suppose that makes me totally weird in the blogosphere, but I am so thankful to find someone who feels the same way. Sorry TAMN, if you're reading this. :)

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

I'm now offering a vote of thanks by raising my right hand. Agreed, on all counts (except that the only thing I'm flushing down the toilet is ... well, I'm potty training so it doesn't take much imagination.) And I'm determined to meet you in real life because I'm pretty sure that you were my R.A. in the pre-existence dorms.

wendy said...

Happy Anniversary.
and where you consider yourself the AUNT of all bloggers
that is better then me the GRANDMOTHER of all bloggers. I wonder if I am the oldest freaking blogger out there.
(excuse me I had to wipe some drool from my chin)
ok, I love your blog so keep it up

and it really is neat when you actually get to meet some of them in person

and yuppers, Amber is the bomb

Karen said...

I'm so with you! I never imagined I'd find so many friends in the blogging world. Some I may not see until "later", ifyouknowwhatimean.

AS Amber said...

Happy Anniversary, sister!!! I still remember your first post. About the bridge sinking to the bottom of Lake Washington.

And I, too, am so grateful for how this turned out for us! Seriously, could not have asked for a better outcome.

I love the blogging world. I could never post another word and feel fulfilled for what I've gained from being here. The REAL friendships I've developed.

Real, true life friends.

Thanks for all the blogging shout-outs you've given me lately! Love you, too!!!

R Max said...

Blogging is an art and a calling. Anybody who doesn't get that needs to, um... get it. There.

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

Some of us bloggers still don't get it. We blog but don't know why.

Kazzy said...

Happy Anniversary!

And you are right... people who don't like blogging just don't get it.

M-Cat said...

Pre-ex prep school. Best term ever!

Love you like a fat kid loves cake!

R Max said...

I had to be pestered into blogging too! I started in Oct of last year (if I remember right) and it's been fun, fun, fun!