Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Thanks For Humoring Me

Today is April Fools Day. Appropriately enough, it is also my first blogging anniversary. That's right my first real post occurred exactly one year ago today.

No, Two line Tuesday from me this week since one I haven't read a bit of fiction all week and two I want to do something different for this post. I want to look back at the past year a bit.

My first past was titled, Better Late Than Never and can be read here if you are interested. No one commented on it, but I think it was a decent introduction and first attempt. It wasn't until my fifth post that someone commented. Cicily Janus was the first person to comment. We had met at a writer's workshop a few months before. Alex Keto attended that same Arizona workshop.

Manic Mom was the first person to ever comment that I didn't actually know in person. That was lucky post number 13. Soon Grace(aka alternatefish) and WordVixen became regular commenters.

I'm proud to say my readership has been growing ever since. I have encountered a great many talented, funny, and entertaining bloggers via One Word, One Rung, One Day and I have no regrets about starting the blog. I thank all of you who take the time to read and comment. No I'm going to give you my personal favorite posts from each month that I've been at it. If you have the time read a few that you missed and drop a comment. I get an email for every comment regardless of how old the post may be.

April 2007 -- Payin' For Your Raisin' -- A post comparing writing a novel to the joyous and not so joyous task of raising kids.

May 2007 -- Flying Sasquatch Airlines -- A hairy tale of terror in the sky.

June 2007 -- A Leg To Stand On - FeedStore Chronicle #3 The Feedstore Chronicles were my stories about my days working for the most morally corrupt boss any one has ever seen and this is my favorite of those tales.

July 2007 -- Yes Ma'am, Right Away Ma'am -- This post was my reflection that most of the world's powerful forces are female.

August 2007 -- Call It What You Want, But ... -- My irritation with the word, Panini.

September 2007 -- 'Twas A Dark and Stormy Night - Tales of Yellow Flag -- A true Friday Night Lights story about my days as a High School Football ref in Texas.

That covers the first six months. I'll hit the next six tomorrow as I am running out of time.

But I do want to once again say thanks for reading and I'd love to hear what posts you have enjoyed the most, or what kind of posts you hope to see in the future.

Many thanks to all of you,

Travis

30 comments:

Laura (Kramarsky) Curtis said...

How interesting...our "first birthday" over at Women of Mystery is tomorrow! I did the personal blogging thing starting in 2000 or 2001, on a blog I took offline just last month, but WoM is a completely different animal. It's endlessly fascinating to me to watch statistics and see how people find us. Happy Blog Birthday!

Carleen Brice said...

Happy Anniversary, Travis and a million more!

danette said...

Yes, happy anniversary! Great idea--I might copy you in July!

alex keto said...

Has it only been a year?

And to think in that time you've gone from being wary of blogging to being a monster blogger and progenitor of such classics as My town Monday.

congrats

WordVixen said...

You're welcome, Travis! BTW, I think we "met up" somehow through Miss Snark's blog. I've been going through her archives, and have been noticing at least a Travis...

Monnik said...

I've been reading you for a long time, Travis. You're always entertaining and I love your writing tips.

The Anti-Wife said...

Happy Bloggiversary, Travis! Mine was last week. Hope you have many, many more!

Merry Monteleone said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!!

I know exactly how I found you - it was through wordvixen, I read one post and was hooked.

I couldn't name a favorite kind, I don't think I've read a post of yours that I haven't liked. Loved the Santa ones and your personal antecdotes... but I also will second Monnik and say I love your writing posts too.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Hi Travis,

I believe I followed you home one day from Dawn's blog, The Flightless Writer, and I've been hanging around ever since. I enjoy most of your blogs but I think my very favorite was the time you put up info about three or so stories and asked us which one we thought you should focus on. Lots of controversy there!

Happy Anniversary, and as Laura mentioned, tomorrow is our anniversary over at Women of Mystery. Stop on by.

Terrie

Jason said...

And here's to another year! Cheers!

Marla said...

Congrats on your one year anniversary!

theneatos said...

Congrats on your blog-iversary! Keep up the super job, I really enjoying lurking on your site!

Sizzle said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Stephen Parrish said...

Tena Russ recommended you to me. Although I don't remember which post I read first, I do remember thinking, "This guy is very entertaining." I've not changed my mind since.

pneumoniaBoy said...

Hey, we do what we can. ;)

Lana Gramlich said...

Congrats on the blogiversary! I'm very glad to have found you (through Charles.) Always a delight! Many more years of happy blogging to you!

Clare2e said...

Happy Blogiversary, likewise!

BTW, I think Alex just called you a progenitor, and I didn't think you allowed that kind of abusive language on here.

Charles Gramlich said...

I know I didn't know of your blog until probably 4 or 5 months ago so I'll go back and check some of these.

Patti said...

i've liked them all...especially those referring to booze...

Rocketstar said...

Happy one year!

Richard said...

Happy blogiversary!

I got my first comment on my first day, but then again, I knew Ingrid.

I didn't get my first "foreign / outsider / total stranger' comment until about 4 months later.

Shauna Roberts said...

Interesting history. Happy first anniversary!

deborah elliott-upton said...

Tell us everything. We can handle it...I think.

Mr. Shife said...

Congrats on the anniversary. I am glad our paths crossed on the Internet. Keep up the good work.

ChristineEldin said...

Congratulations, and Happy Blogiversary!!! I will check out some of the Hall of Famers.
:-)

ChristineEldin said...

OMG, I just read your post on Hopalong!
I grew up in a small town. You captured it perfectly. Have you ever read "Nobody's Fool" by Richard Russo? There's a hopalong character in there. It takes place in a small town.

I love your stories!

Josephine Damian said...

Happy Blogiversary! Many happy bloggy returns.

I gotta say my fave was the X-mas "favorite things post." Learned a lot about you, and in a humorous way, plus it inspired me to steal your idea and do my own "favorite" post.

But I think you're greatest claim to blogger fame will be your "My Town" legacy. You've gotten many of us to write and think about things we never would have without your great idea.

Cicily Janus said...

Sorry I've slipped up on all of my comments, but I read your blogs regularly and if I really want to tell you what's on my mind...well, all I have to do is dial the meat packer plant in Amarillo and find you there.

~C

Mom In Scrubs said...

I remember finding you through Monnik. I kept seeing your comments and I was interested in who the big hairy guy holding the fish was, and how he could write so well!! I was very pleasantly surprised and have been a blogfan ever since. Happy Anniversary!

Bubblewench said...

Yeah.. happy blogiversary!