Hitting Publish – My Year of Living Dangerously

Hitting Publish – My Year of Living Dangerously

It was one year ago that I wrote my first blog post. I’d invite you all to an awkward first birthday party but I don’t know how to bake a virtual cake. Though I could probably figure out a virtual piñata of sorts.

All of this was really a grand experiment to see if I could stick to ANYTHING for a whole year so, from that perspective, it’s been a success. I said I’d post something, good or bad (no comments please) every week for a year and by God I did. So Yay Me!

Some milestones this year:

  • Hitting the Publish button for the first time was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done.
  • People actually read my stuff this year. I remember the first person who subscribed to Left of Plumb who was not a friend or family member or who I paid. I almost wet myself. I could not believe anyone would purposefully read something I wrote. What a revelation!
  • Writers are awesome people. I’m not including myself in that, by the way, lest you think I’ve got an overly healthy view of myself. Having insecurity and angst is the foundation of being a writer. But I’ve had the chance to “meet” so many this year and have been amazed at how nurturing and supportive that community is. And, I might add, I have been overjoyed at the amount of funny out there!! I salute you all!
  • I feel about this blog much like I feel about my children. I both love and hate this blog.  Some weeks I can’t wait to get a post out. Other weeks I want to start it on fire, pee on it, then start it on fire again.
  • I really hate social media and suck at it. Twitter is like a black hole of despair for me. But, evidently, one has to suck it up and do them all in order to get “followers” (which just sounds creepy and Jim Jones Kool-aidey). Twatter, Bookface, Instacrap, I hate them! And, they make me feel like I have headgear and am sitting alone at a table in the cafeteria eating applesauce.
  • I have not received a single mean comment. Now, please do not take this as a challenge or request, because despite what you may think, I am fragile and could devolve into tears at any moment. But, the fact that all these total strangers have been so kind and supportive has renewed my faith that the world is full of rockin’ decent folks! And, even without meeting them, I feel like I can call some of them friends. How over-the-top cool is that?!

So, those are just a few of my thoughts around this year of living dangerously. A well-deserved tip of the hat to all of us who have put ourselves out there for the world to see and are still alive (and not institutionalized) to talk about it.

To another year!

Even Tom Waits is impressed...

Even Tom Waits is impressed…

34 Responses »

  1. Congratulations! I’ve been a HORRIBLE stalker lately, but know that you are on my blogroll (because I freaking LOVE you!) and that I occasionally pop over to read you. I usually don’t comment because I always have umpteen bajillion tabs open at all times and am easily distracted — but don’t be surprised at all if you wake up one day and have 47 comments from me on all the posts that I didn’t comment on.
    Lately, I’ve been trying to catch up with one person at a time. I know that’s a horrible way to do things, but keeping up with the (literally) hundreds of blogs that I love is A LOT OF FRICKIN’ FRACKIN’ WORK!

    I know your adorkable face by heart, and feel that you should know that if I ever see your face in person, I’m going to knock you to the ground and fervently hump your leg because I adore you so much! <3

  2. Congratulations Irene, seriously. I’ve just jumped in the deep end, having started with collections of ridiculossity from my social network interactions that I wanted to cull into a book, then realizing I should have a website at the same time.

    I don’t know what I’m doing, but I know last night I laughed ’til I cried at something I posted on Facebook because I knew my friends would respond with love and enthusiasm, so here I am doing the thing.

    again, congratulations. I found you from TheBloggess, bless her crazed little heart. 🙂

      • You were one of the first blogs I fell in love with before I started mine too! It was you, The Bloggess, Gaijin Cracker, and Tall Curly Biscuit.

        Then I said to myself, “Me – if these crazy broads can have a blog, then why can’t I?” (That’s a rhetorical question, btw. I probably shouldn’t be allowed to socialize like I do…)

  3. I think you ROCK…and though you ARE married to my first cousin (so we are relatives) we don’t know eachother…it sucks ya’ll live on the West Coast and we are on the East Coast. That said…I feel like I’ve gotten to know you just by reading your blog…and I have to say…you are one of the FUNNIEST women I ‘know’…cheers cousin! xo

  4. I’ve really enjoyed your blog since I found it, though I don’t even remember how I stumbled upon it. I even have all your one question interviews saved in a folder called Don’t Forget Me, because they were, by turns, inspirational interesting and entertaining. I’m glad you haven’t peed on your blog and/or set it on fire. Happy anniversary 😉

  5. Congratulations on the one year. I started writing pretty much to keep sane and I found a whole new worlds out there.
    You have been on my blog roll for the last 6 months or so and I always love reading your posts!
    You are amazingly funny and you are so right about the community being so supportive.
    I look forward to the next year of posts!

  6. Tom Waits just wants to know “what’s she writing in there?” Yay Irene. You brock. Urm, you block. Uermm, Superstar!

  7. Phew, thought you were gonna say the year was up and you were done……….your f-i-l is a h.s. friend of my husband; that’s how I got you.

  8. Happy Anniversary!!! I love your blog. It is one of the first ones that I started following when I began my own blog less than a year ago. And you were one of the first people other than family or friends to comment on my blog! Which I thought was so cool and I ran and told my husband, and he gave me this huge blank stare and said, “Who’s Irene?” But then I said “Rolling Stones playing in the background? Coffice?” And he said….. “oh.” Oh well.
    Keep ’em coming, Irene!

  9. Your movie review of Magic Mike is what drew me in, thanks to a link from The Bloggess. Been laughing ever since! Happy Anniversary!

  10. Whew!! Brave girl…congratulations! Always so fun to see a new post pop up and even though I don’t always comment, I have enjoyed every single word! Here’s to continued success so I can, selfishly, look forward to many more posts from Left of Plumb!! xo

    • After my husband (who kind of doesn’t count because he is obligated) you were my VERY FIRST SUBSCRIBER!! I’m sure there is a prize in there somewhere for you. Love you and thank you so much for your amazing support!!!

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