Guys, it’s my one year blogiversary! (In lieu of flowers, please send JP Licks’ ice cream cakes with stupid things in icing on them. On second thought, don’t; they might not mail well.)
I’ve written 42 (this makes 43) blog posts in a year, 20 letters, 21 lists, and one hybrid. So, just like Project Runway makes more ad money by airing ridiculous compilation shows, here’s my list of what I’ve learned in a year of writing letters and lists.
- People tend to like letters more than lists, as evidenced by the all-time most read post, Dear Flour Bakery, and the runner up, Dear People Who Think I’m Crazy (which I’m gonna convince myself is not because there is a huge pool of people who think I’m crazy).
- Is it too late to change this to a letter? Like maybe, “Dear People Who Read The blog”?
- The most popular list was about why kids are awesome, probably because people were genuinely like, do tell. In all honesty, I could very easily write an equally long (cough, cough, much longer) list about why kids are not awesome. (#1: Buh bye, sleeping in.)
- I get more comments when I beg pathetically for comments, but still can’t get 25 comments on one post.
- I will send a gift to the 25th unique commenter on this post. Must suggest a letter or list topic. (Is this pathetic enough?)
- The gift will be awesome. (Now?)
- Sometimes it’s okay to pad the lists.
- You think you’ll be able to blog once or twice a week, easy. It’s not easy.
- Sometimes you can right wrongs with a strongly worded letter and it feels so good.
- Sometimes people are just awesome at customer service and life and those people are Joanne Chang.
- No one wants to read a letter to Twisted Sister, even if it’s really more of a Festivus-inspired airing of grievances.
- It’s better when you can @ someone on Twitter, otherwise you’re left with the unconsummated anger I still feel towards T-Force.
- I don’t have as many angry letters to write as I thought I did.
- Because some people are so responsive to my angry letters, I think twice about writing them to people who quickly right their wrongs, like SweetGreens (hair in bowl) or Spirit Airlines (nicest pilots ever).
- Lists are still the most fun thing to write.
Here’s to another year of sporadic blogging and unenthusiastic commenting!