11:36 a.m. - May 17, 2006
May 13 was my first year anniversary of writing on this here site.
It was a kind of roundabout way that I started here.
Back in June 2004, when Liz and Katie were going to LA, I had a high school friend email me that his band (A Doors tribute band) was going to play at a club in Indianapolis, and if Iíd like to go.
Well, it was the same weekend that they were going, so I said sure. But I got to thinking about tribute bands in general, and cranked out something allegedly funny.
I help run a baseball web site, so I found a spot to plunk it down on the internet. About 9 people read it, I suppose.
I never really wrote anything else, and every once in a while Iíd read it and chuckle.
Then, in early May of 2005, I was struck by a lot of observations as I made a trek to the local recycling center and having to wait in line for dance recital tickets (and my first time ever being with Katie at dance practice). I decided to write about them, and sent it to my friend AJ for a look see.
I didnít know what I was going to do with it, really. She made some edits and I incorporated some of her edits into my final essay.
I had planned to carve out a spot on that other site for my personal essays, but my friend Moose said that I should actually go post them on a blogging site.
ďDude, Iím not going to blog. Iím not going to whine and complain in three paragraph bites. I want to write long term pieces that are one page at a time and self-contained.Ē
ďWell, you can do that too. What about what Mimi does?Ē
Ah, yes. The infamous Mimi Smartypants. I had gotten to read her through Moose. Of course, I thought she wrote on DAIRYLAND at first. Heh. Mooo!
Well, that got me to thinkiní, which is always dangerous.
So I took the plunge. I signed up.
So instead of an introduction, I just dove right in.
So now what?
Well, I didnít know how many people would be reading my stuff. I didnít know how big of a community it was. I didnít really explore it.
I did buy the right to have comments, because you always want comments. And with that, I put up some banners on occasion. I put my link on a lot of my email and message board signature.
But mostly, I commenced to write on a schedule.
At first, it was more sporadic. Every couple or three days, I would force myself to write.
Then things started to come easier, and I started not having to force myself to write. I just wrote.
Kristin was born, and that got my schedule off a little bit, as newborns will do, but when I could I started to write.
So now here I am, over a year into this thing.
Well over 100 people now have said, ďYes, Smed, you are a favorite of mine!Ē My page views are higher than I ever expected when I first wrote my drivel and palaver.
And that elates me to no end.
I have people I work with read me. I have colleagues that read me. Iíve met some of my readers, who I now consider good friends, out and about when Iíve been traveling, and talked to others on the phone and through IMs and chats. And Iíve made multiple mixes for people. (I just counted, and by the end of the summer, Iím going to send out 24 more sets. Ye Gods! But it must be done, and it will be done!) So I must be doing something right.
I have also enjoyed reading everyone elseís sites. They help ME become a better writer. They hone my observational skills. They make me understand what else is going out there in internet land. I try to comment and interact as much as I can, and Iíve said this before, that because of space limitations I only have so many on my friend list, but I cruise by everyoneís site who reads me regularly, just to say howdy, and to see what is up.
Itís been a fun year, hasnít it? For me personally, I became a father again. Katie danced in her first recital, went to Montessori school and has started to play soccer. Iíve traveled near and far on business. Liz and I have weathered the storm here in our big olí house.
Mostly, though, I think Iím happy that I know I can write, and write well enough for people to keep coming back for more.
So, what is in store for year 2 of Smedís Corner?
Well, actually, it will be for year 2 and year 3, since I renewed my SuperGold for two years. So you are stuck with me, hah!
I may be running more banners ads on the site. Well, I paid for them (they came with the membership), and I always like seeing new readers, of course. Mainly because I like reading other peopleís stuff!
Mostly, the next two years will be more of the same.
I will write about music, of course.
And thatís a promise that I will keep.
So, itís been a year, folks. A real fun year for me, and Iím glad you were here for part or most of the journey. SighÖ
Ok, now I need a tissue.