Saturday, March 3, 2012

I Look Like a Monkey, and I Smell Like One Too (or: Happy Birthday to My Blog)

One year - and one much-needed name change - ago today this here blog was born.  They grow up so fast, don't they?  Actually, it was much longer than that in the making: for at least a year, I hemmed and hawed about throwing my thoughts into the public arena.  I liked the idea, but wasn't sure how I'd feel about the day-to-day reality of having at least some portion of my life on permanent display.  Turns out I adjusted to it pretty quickly; you never can tell where things might lead, folks.

The name thing is sort of funny.  For those of you who only found me in the Turned On Its Ear era, this blog spent its first few months saddled with the fairly awkward-and-awful moniker Will Z's Blog Thing.  Just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?  Truth be told, it was never meant as anything more than a placeholder.  Three hundred and sixty-five days ago today, I stopped using "but I don't have a good name" as an excuse to not start a blog, said "to hell with it", and just typed in the first stupid thing that came to mind.  Two hundred forty-four posts and thousands of page views later, I think it was easily one of the best decisions I've ever made.

There's been some stuff I'm really proud of along the way, particularly the two biggest series I've hosted so far on this blog: Trick Tuesday, my autobiographical walk through the Cheap Trick discography, and 31 Holi-Days, a one-post-per-day, sweet-and-sour look at the month of December and all it entails.  By the numbers, those series were also the most read things on this blog, and I hope that our current Aerosmith run might soon join them.  This isn't to say everything works out the way I hope when I dream it up: a recent series on Valentine's Days simply wasn't as fertile a breeding ground for material as I'd hoped when I  came up with the concept, for example.  No big deal: it had a few good moments, and I learned a thing or two about vetting my own ideas more thoroughly from it.  That's the thing about this blog: I have never had such a great canvas with which to both hone and experiment with my writing.  Don't like this post?  No matter: there will be a new one in a day or two.  It's as true for me as the writer as I'd assume it is for the audience.

Looking forward, I've got some ideas I'm excited about for the remainder of 2012 in the oven as we speak.  Expect summer concerts, Muppets, more autobiographical nonsense, another new series or two, the stupid presidential election, hell, even the end of the world part deux later in the year.  Who could ask for anything more?

I sure couldn't.  As always, my sincere gratitude to anyone who takes the time to stop by and read something.

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