Blog And The World Laughs With You; If You’re Lucky, They’ll Help You Write It, Too

30 Jun
housewife [derogation]

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What have you feared that turned out to be much easier than you expected?

When Tory Boy nagged me to start a blog, I feared it was not for me.  I feared it so much it took me about eighteen months to put – I was going to say ‘pen to paper’ but I suppose it’s ‘finger to keyboard’; doesn’t have the same poetic ring to it, does it? – finger to keyboard and now, here I am, two years later, celebrating my blogaversary.

Yes, on this day in 2009, I dared to write my first post.  Here’s an extract:

I’ve just had my teenage son sort me out with my own blog; now I have to hope
1. I can think of something interesting to write and
2. I can get some people to read it.

Mission Statement: to be amusing (mission: impossible)

I don’t remember intending to be funny and yet there it is in black & white (pale grey, actually: I hadn’t learned to use the colour button then).  I guess I should have known because the blog name (which I chose) is a bit of a giveaway.

In those days, Tory Boy and Spud Bud were ‘Hur’ and ‘Spur’; I changed their names after protests from the family.  An extract from my second post:

A word of explanation: like Princess Diana I, too, have two sons, an heir and spare.  I am a Scouser, however, and although it was in another life, I still have Cilla Black Disease and can’t pronounce the ‘air’ sound in English.  To avoid embarrassing my sons more than the usual, I am going to refer to them in this blog as ‘Hur’ (first fruit of my womb, 19) and ‘Spur’ (last product of my now dried out loin, 13).

You won’t be surprised to learn that the main topic of that post was food; Maltesers were soon to follow, I’m sure; a poem appeared on Day One.

I am surprised to see how far I have come in the way of presentation: the font was pale grey and unjustified; paragraphs were long; photographs were rare.  By July 1st, however – my second day – I was already posting twice in twenty-four hours.  A warning of what was to come.

I couldn’t know then, and didn’t expect (though I did dream), that I would have so many returning visitors, as eager to laugh at the world, me, and my family, as I am; that I would have a fledgling poetry blog because I get the best audience for funny and the poems were getting in the way; that I would be posting up to four times a day and not driving visitors off; and that I would just have so much fun.  I couldn’t know, either, that you are brilliant: I say, I can’t find jokes, and you send them; I can’t think of anything to write about, and you give me prompts, topics, subjects; I can’t find enough tasks for my 101 challenge, and you tell me what to do.

So, thank you, dear readers, for sticking with me through thin and thin; and for writing half my stuff.  I can honestly say I couldn’t have done it without you.

Happy Blogaversary!

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27 Responses to “Blog And The World Laughs With You; If You’re Lucky, They’ll Help You Write It, Too”

  1. vivienne Blake June 30, 2011 at 10:42 #

    Happy blogaversery, Tilly. I wouldn’t have missed your blog for the world.

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  2. mairedubhtx June 30, 2011 at 11:46 #

    Glad you’ve been blogging so long. Even though it took me a while to find you, I’m glad I did.

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    • Tilly Bud June 30, 2011 at 12:54 #

      Thank you. It’s sweet of you to say so 🙂

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  3. earlybird June 30, 2011 at 16:04 #

    Happy blogday Tilly! Well done.

    What an achievement.

    xx

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  4. gigihawaii June 30, 2011 at 17:39 #

    Only 2 years? You are a pro!
    Happy Blogversary, Tilly!

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  5. Tinman June 30, 2011 at 20:19 #

    Happy Blogday, Till.

    And it’s us who should be thanking you, not the other way about.

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    • Tilly Bud June 30, 2011 at 20:32 #

      Flatterer! Is this some of that famous blarney we hear so much about?

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    • Tilly Bud June 30, 2011 at 21:34 #

      Woo Hoo!!!

      Thanks for bringing me this news 🙂

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  6. kateshrewsday June 30, 2011 at 22:00 #

    Tilly, you brighten every day. At least twice. And I can say I knew you in the early days before you were famous. Happy blogaversary 🙂

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    • Tilly Bud June 30, 2011 at 22:02 #

      If this is a plot to prise a Malteser from me, I have to tell you now you’re on a hiding to nothing 🙂

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  7. colonialist June 30, 2011 at 23:17 #

    Congrats again!
    I can’t figure out why blogaversary has been chosen as the word. Three years ago on my first one I coined bloggiversary as the logical extension of anniversary – and nobody adopted it!
    One tends to run out of steam, though. I have gone from three posts a day to that per week.

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    • Tilly Bud July 1, 2011 at 09:20 #

      Yours makes more sense but ‘aversary’ flows more naturally from the finger.

      Ours not to reason why, ours just to fall in with the pack 🙂

      I can’t see me running out of steam just yet, though I do have off days. Hooray for drafts!

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  8. Perfecting Motherhood July 1, 2011 at 00:00 #

    Two years at blogging? You really are a pro! If you still need tasks to add to your 101 in 1001 list, may I suggest learning to use a camera to make great pictures, if it’s not on it already? Come on, you know you want to! 😉

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  9. Cindy July 1, 2011 at 05:03 #

    Happy blogaversary and congrats on being featured in the WP prompter’s letter 🙂

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  10. eof737 July 2, 2011 at 03:36 #

    Pat yourself on the back lady… humor is not easy to write and you have a natural affinity for it. I’m glad we connected Tilly, I love your humor. 🙂
    It’s been a hectic week and I’m now catching up with everyone.
    Happy weekend to you! 🙂
    Elizabeth

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    • Tilly Bud July 2, 2011 at 14:43 #

      It really has been hectic for you! But worth it, I’m sure.

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