Damn, guys. It’s been two years now since I first threw open my virtual doors and started sharing all my nonsense with you. I still have no idea why on earth anyone would read it, but I’m happy you do!
This post – which is both the anniversary post and the 400th to be published here – has proved surprisingly difficult to write. I get off on tangents, as you know, and so have deleted and re-typed and then deleted several different beginnings to this thing.
I had wanted to talk about this past year of blogging and catch some highlights, but it all kept boiling down to Guys, this past year was a rough one! And then I started blathering about how this community has kept me afloat through a cross-country move, leaving my old guild, starting a new one, dealing with loss on so many fronts and trying to keep a grasp on sanity while dealing very gracelessly with public transportation and Kooky.
You guys have been there for me every step of the way – even in the background when I stepped away for a while, although if I’m being honest it was all Brandi Carlile all the time for several weeks, while I wallowed and wrestled with learning not to give a fuck.
Brandi Carlile is my hero. Her music speaks to my soul. My soul is possibly emo.
But it all really (eventually) boiled down to a feeling of gratitude that I have this place and some people who support me. I don’t know if I can really express how much it means to me when someone from out there on the big, wild internet takes the time to share themselves with me. I don’t care if it’s a /hug on Twitter or a well-worded comment in response to something I’ve put out there of myself. It means a great deal to me to feel acknowledged.
I know I’m pretty much the world’s worst commenter or replier to comments I get these days, limited as I am in time and internet access (here’s hoping that’ll change soon), so it means all the more to me that y’all are still kind enough to have embraced me and not let me go.
So I want to try to say thank you. There are several ways in which I would like to do this and I have cleverly solicited both Vogon poetry from everyone at large and guest posts from my guild in particular so the nonsense doesn’t have to come to a full stop while I hope to be very busy with this labor of “giving and having and sharing and receiving…”
What’s on tap
By way of celebration last year, I put on my bossiest hat and told people what to write. This year, I’d like to open it up further and include pretty much anything you’ve seen offered before during these blogoversary sorts of things.
Want a guest post? Tell me. It’s yours. Want me to “muse” you? I’ll try to come up with sparkling ideas for you to write about. Want to ask my opinion on a topic, whether it’s WoW-related or not? Ask me. I’ll reply here and go big about it. Don’t have a blog and have something to say? I offer you this tiny platform. Do you require really awful art for a post you are working on? I am very much your girl.
But for myself, I would ask just one little thing in return. Let me know you’re here and listening. Tell me anything, even if it’s that I obviously fail at providing rapid P&P updates and am still abusing the comma to the point where it’s about to abscond from my keyboard. I want to hear back from you guys. I want to say hi to you directly, especially if you’ve never commented before. I promise I don’t bite (anyone other than At) or slobber (much).
But I do love the warm fuzzies you guys give me, and I do want to sincerely try to express even a part of how thankful I am to have you.
So much love it hurts,