This milestone is probably more important to me than to anyone else, so I’ll keep it short.
I started blogging in what will always be known in our family as the Summer of the Accidental Kittens. Here are the keepers today (they’ll be one on July 5), and there are a few baby pictures below.
Unless they’re sleeping, they move too fast to capture on camera.
A Year of Blogging, in Bullet Points:
- I can’t write a post less than 1000 words long. I do try, honest.
- I am the queen of parenthetical asides. I try to edit them out of formal writing, but don’t bother here. My new awareness of this has made me wonder whether anyone can follow my lectures, because I talk like that too. That’s something to work on.
- I have really enjoyed writing more regularly, and thinking about my reading in a sustained but less academic way than I do for work.
- My biggest-number days, by a long shot, were all generated by posts on the hoopla about That Book I Haven’t Read. I’m so embarrassed (though unsurprised) by this that I’m not linking to them. I’m on the wagon! Posts on Romland controversies are also popular.
- My most-viewed post overall is the one on Grace Burrowes’ The Heir. It still gets regular hits. This might also be my most critical review. I’m rather conflicted about that, too.
- I don’t care (much) about numbers. I’d rather have a small group of regular readers than chase popular topics that bring in eyeballs. The idea that a lot of people who’ve never been here before appear when I post on controversies–that that’s their picture of me–makes me kind of uncomfortable.
- The best part of blogging is the conversation with other readers. I love all your comments! This experience has been more rewarding than I ever imagined. Thank you.
And there it is. A post less than 1000 words!