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Happy 1st Blogoversary

Today is the 1-year anniversary of my blog.

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The Daily Snark is 1 today!

I can’t believe it’s been a year already. I could spew all the cliches about time flying, and it seeming like yesterday. But I won’t—even though they’d all be true.

I started The Daily Snark because I needed a creative outlet. I wanted—scratch that—I desperately needed a place to go that was my own. A place where I could be my sarcastic self. A place where I could get back into the habit of writing. And where I could write whatever I wanted.

When I started the blog, I had exactly one reader, my real-life friend Lesley from Um…What?? For a couple of weeks she was literally the only person who’d click over to read what I wrote, no matter how lame, how mundane. She was my biggest cheerleader. I think she even paid her mom to click over occasionally so it looked like I actually had some readers. Then I picked up a few readers from the WordPress.com home page. I was giddy over getting a couple of hits a day. And then I’d get a few more. And I’d think, Damn, this is awesome. I am the shit. I was all, “Dooce, you’d better watch your back. There’s a new blogger in town.”

Snort. Um, yeah.

About a month or so after I started this blog, I finally told my husband. He’s very private and I wasn’t sure he’d be thrilled that I was spewing our personal life all over the interwebs so I didn’t tell him at first. I’d furtively type away when I could get a few minutes, and he never wondered why I suddenly became so interested in my laptop. But one night in the middle of our vacation I was feeling no pain from all the rum punch we were drinking in the Cayman Islands. As we sat at the bar on the dock of our resort and suddenly I was all:  Soguesswhat?IhaveablogandIactuallyhavereadersandeverything!

Once I explained what a blog was and how much fun I was having writing again (and promised not to write about our sex life or any other super personal details), he was very supportive of it. In fact, he told just about everyone he knew.

Over the past year, like every other blogger out there, I’ve struggled with the To Blog or Not To Blog dilemma, I’ve been obsessed with blog stats, stressed about not posting regularly enough. I try to remember that this is supposed to be fun. Sometimes it is. Other times, it’s a struggle. But I love that I have this place to come to write about whatever’s on my mind, no matter how random, how snarky or how serious. And I appreciate every single one of you who come by here.

Here are a few highlights from the last year:

1. Neil Diamond may have nearly ruined my marriage, but he brought me a crap load of readers. This most gets a ridiculous amount of Google searches, nearly a year after I wrote it.

2. After posting about my Bejeweled Blitz addiction, I realized I’m not alone. Millions of you out there need an intervention as well. I get about 50 hits a day on this post alone.

3. I think this post about Costco is one of my favorites. If you’ve ever been, you know why. If  you haven’t, I’ve probably scared you away.

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14 Responses

  1. Happy Blogiversary! Bloggy-versary? Blog-a-versary? HEY, YOU’RE ONE TODAY!

    So. I think the One-Year gift is paperclips. (Wait…right?) So I am making you a totally super-nifty paperclip necklace with matching paperclip headband. It’s EVER BETTER than it sounds!!!

    Though our blogs are different (yours is real, my is ridiculous and silly) I totally get what you mean about not wanting but needing your blog for a creative outlet and escape. I’m so glad you’ve made this little place in the world that’s just for you! I’ve totally enjoyed being here since day one and I will be here until day the last. ESPECIALLY if you keep writing about me in your posts. NO WAIT! That’s not why. I will because I lurve you and your blog. And you’re my real-life best girlfriend. And yer cute. And I love that this blog is yet another way I can get my constantly needed Mo fix.

    XOXOX

  2. OH. “Blogoversary.” I see it over there in the sidebar. Durrr.

  3. Happy Blogoversary!! It really IS difficult to keep focussing on why you wanted to blog in the first place and not get all caught up in the angst of not blogging enough or upsetting people and stuff. Good that you’re still enjoying it! I don’t remember how I found you, but I’m glad I did.

    • I think it went like this: I found Debra, through Debra I found you, through me you found Mo. Ta da!

      • How have I missed this chain of comments? Reason 487 that I shouldn’t have a blog.

        It’s like 6 Degrees of Lelsey from Um…What?! I don’t know who found who (whom?)—I’m just damn glad y’all are here.

  4. So how do you get readers to blogspot when you’re too cheap to pay for wordpress?

    • One of the reasons I like WordPress is because they promote blogs on the home page. I think Typepad might do something similar (Lesley?) and it’s not every expensive.

      • Typead doesn’t do SH*T. They have a part where they list “recently updated weblogs” but how many TP blogs are there? 40 gagillion? If your blog shows up there, it’s for all of .5 seconds.

        But still. My heart belongs to Typepad. Swoon.

  5. Just started following you a month or so ago, highly entertaining! Found you through one of Jen Lancaster’s tweets. Congrats on your one year anniversary, I look forward to reading more this year 🙂

  6. Congratutions, Mo! I’m late to the party, but definitely a fan. Keep it up! (You’re inspiring me actually. Though I’ll keep my journal private for now – I’m writing a lot more these days.) Maybe one day I’ll start actually posting to the Livejournal account – something other than my poetry, that is.

    Rock on! You’re way cooler than Boston.

    • I’m not sure anyone is cooler than Boston, but I appreciate that!

      I can’t wait until you start publishing your journal—somehow I think there would be a lot of great reading there!

  7. Happy Blogoversary!!! (I had to scroll back up to the top to make sure I spelled that correctly)

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