People are always telling me a lot of things can happen in a year. And according to this picture, the better part of my first year on earth as a baby was cultivating an army of chins to protect my head from falling off.
But you take one look at that picture and you can sense the essence of pride my mother must have been feeling when her firstborn daughter turned the big bad numero uno.
And aside from being all things adorable and totally growing up to be an upstanding, completely serious and focused human being, you can’t help but want to celebrate the little milestones in life, even if those milestones solely consist your daughter’s ability to mass produce neck fat.
That’s why I’m here to celebrate, because today, my friends, is my blog’s FIRST BIRTHDAY.
Yup, October 2, 2013, I took the leap into complete and utter insanity and made a website where I complained about all of my life’s problems because I thought I was important enough to do so.
So if birthing and growing a blog for a year is anything like parenting, I’m going to be pretty good at it. I mean how hard is it to pay attention to a kid for four or five days at a time and then do whatever the hell you want on the weekends?
Am I right, mom and dad?
In all seriousness, I am so happy and thankful for how far this little website has come from day one. Starting this thing as a place where I can write uncensored thoughts – that then became censored because my mother and grandmother starting reading – and having it turn into a chronicle of my life over the past year is amazing.
I’ve always had a penchant for journaling and writing everything down, and never knew that doing so would eventually open so many doors and opportunities to do this in my professional life.
This blog is my creative outlet; but more so a representation of who I am as a person, the way I think, and how I react to the ridiculousness of society and the world around us. I never could have imagined the reach that my posts would have, being featured on Freshly Pressed and eventually leading me to a Contributing Writer gig at Elite Daily and The Eighty8, and somehow making this thing still work to my advantage in convincing people I’m not certifiably insane when I say I want to be an onion ring connoisseur.
I want to thank each and every person who has read this blog over the past year. Whether it be once, twice, or daily, I thank you. Putting myself out there may not seem like a big deal, it’s hard when you take time to write something and not have it noticed. I thank all the people who have commented, liked, shared, or reblogged my posts. I sincerely thank all of the people who have let me guest blog, tagged me in a blog hop, and followed me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
I’m thankful that my baby did not grow eighteen chins over the past year, but there’s always the future and I can’t be held accountable for what happens to my brain child over the next 365 days.
But regardless, I thank you. Cheers, here’s to year two, three, and beyond. Maybe one day I’ll get paid for this shit. 🙂