It was exactly one year ago today that I said to myself, "What the hell . . . might as well start a blog." The joys of blogging have far exceeded my expectations, thanks to all of you who read and comment and say nice things and correct me and argue and get on my nerves!
Here are some blog milestones from the past year:
-- I sponsored a contest, also announced at Stay of Execution, to help me come up with a tag line. Anthony of Bizzbangbuzz came up with the entry ("Legal, Liberated, and Loving It") that was most popular with the readers (and with me). Other great suggestions included, "The Happy Feminist . . . not an oxymoron," "If you're happy and you know it, start a blog," and "Happy, happy, joy, joy."
-- I begin posting pictures of this little guy, who immediately commands worldwide popularity (or is it, pupularity?)
-- Last December, I hosted The Fourth Carnival of Feminists, which was a great way to explore the feminist blogosphere further and to get my name out there as well. I owe Natalie, the Carnival founder, a debt of gratitude for starting the carnival as well as all her guidance and help in hosting.
-- Later on, Chalice Chick discovered me and introduced me to the Unitarian-Universalist blogosphere (and the UU blogosphere to me) via UUpdates. I was also excited to participate in the UU Blog Awards (although I haven't quite been able to figure out how to put my award symbol up on my sidebar).
-- I have also had a lot of moments that have rendered me starstruck, as when Amanda started linking to me from time to time (I'd been reading and loving her stuff since her starter blog at Mouse Words, though I didn't generally comment), as well as links from a lot of other bloggers I had admired from way back when I was just a blog-reader.
-- This is the 555th post to this blog. As of this writing, there are are 9,350 comments (many of which are mine).
I am so glad to have an outlet besides yelling at James Dobson on my car radio and to have made connections with people around the country and the world. On the best days, it feels like I am somehow managing to yell at James Dobson and give the whole world a hug at the same time.