and you smell like one too.

23 09 2010

what day is today? it’s broke207’s birthday! what a day for a birthday, let’s all have some cake.

those of you who are also at one with the nerdness might recognize that as the birthday song from futurama. it always surprises me that “happy birthday” is out of play for the media, unless they’re willing to pay up to $30,000 for it. anyway, i don’t have that kind of cash, so the futurama version it is! because hell yeah, it’s my bloggy birthday today. or bloggiversary? or blogs day? you pick one that you like, i’m not fussy.

exactly one year ago today i started this shit, and i can’t say that i’m not more than a little bit surprised that it’s still happening.  it’s been sort of a wild ride actually. i remember the day that i got 7 pages views in one day, and i almost crapped my pants with excitement. then only a few months later, i got featured on freshly pressed and had over 3,000 pages views and 100 comments in 2 days. i also remember complaining about only having 6 twitter followers, and now i have more than 600. i am by no means “internet famous” quite yet (and that’s not really my goal anyway), but i’ve found people and support in ways and places that surprise me every single day. it’s been awesome, and i hope it continues to be awesome in the future. actually, i want it to be even more awesome.

maybe i’ll do a post someday about what i want broke207 to look like at this time next year, but for today, let’s look back and take some notes. my dad always used to make us go around in a circle at the thanksgiving table and say what we were thankful for. or at least he did until the year where my answer was “teen angst”, and then my sister said she wanted to be a stripper, and somehow the whole thing ended with us crying and throwing food at each other (true story, ask my mom). anyway, today i’m going to go around the table and list 5 things that i’m thankful for related to this here blog (brace yourself for wistful sap-fest):

1. after spending my whole previous life stressing about it and avoiding it, i learned this year that i really love writing. sort of a pleasant surprise to find something that i think i could be good at after a 33 year career of aimless wandering. it may not pay my bills, but if you told me last year that i would have articles published on part time vagabond or the flyte blog, i would have laughed in yo FACE. or possibly spit on you, depending on my mood.

2. for a long time, i thought i had met everyone worth meeting in portland. starting this blog (and tweeting my ass off) helped me unearth an untapped layer of totally kick ass people who are not just generally awesome- but are actually out there getting shit done. sorry old friends, you’ve been replaced. ok,  not really, but i’m just so fucking inspired by these new people rotating in my orbit that i want to take out a full page ad in some publication that people actually read (US weekly?) telling them how great they are. or maybe this guy can tell them.

3. i started this website with a maine readership  in mind (thus the 207), but somehow people who don’t even fucking live here have found a reason to rub up against me and show their love. it’s awesome. (i’m talking about you coupon goddess and infamous qbert).

4. somewhere underneath all the swearing and the snark and the grump, i have found some generosity hiding in there. i don’t think i knew that about myself last year. it started out with just collecting drugstore freebies to drop off at the preble street resource center every now and again, and has morphed into me actually understanding the value of volunteering, and how much you can still do to help even if you don’t have any actual money to give. from sending expired coupons to troops overseas to volunteering with at risk teens all of the sudden i’ve become the person who will someday drag her family to the soup kitchen on sunday mornings to sort cans in the food pantry. they’ll learn to love it, i swear.

5. i’m starting to figure out that it’s ok to fail, or at least to suck. i’ve learned this year that i totally blow at hosting giveaways, taking photos, being consistent, and returning comments on the day that i get them… but people still come around anyway. maybe there are ways that i could have built more followers, gotten more page views, or made things all daft punk style harder, better, faster, stronger…  if i had put my nose just a little bit closer to the gridnstone (why do you mock me grindstone?!). but maybe all of that pressure to be successful and not make mistakes would have made me blow out of this shit already. this is supposed to be what i do for fun, and it is certainly what i do for free, so i’ve adopted the morrissey method- “do you best and don’t worry“. and here i am, still here. and i’m pretty sure that it’s made me saner, happier, more creative, and more hopeful (sample that kanye).

so anyway peoples, thank you for an amazing ride (yeah, that’s overtly sexual). any suggestions for how i can make the next broke207 year even more kick ass?

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13 responses

23 09 2010
Kate

Happy birthday! I love your blog so much, and I love how you are such an encourager (is that a word?) of other bloggers/creative folks! I’m glad to know you on the internet and real life.

24 09 2010
bessmarvin

thanks! here’s secret, i only encourage people i actually like. your blog is awesome. your style is awesome. your writing is awesome. you’re a star KSJ, and don’t you forget it.

25 09 2010
Kate

aw shucks

23 09 2010
Corey Templeton

Happy anniversary! The first year goes by too fast.

24 09 2010
bessmarvin

THANKS! blog seems so much faster than regular time. i feel like i just started this shit last month!

24 09 2010
Elisa

Happy Blogiversary!!!!

Without the online world you are right, so many MORE great people to meet. Even when I think I’ve met them all I’m pleasantly surprised to find another one. A friend of a friend, that is a great person to know.

Apparently there’s a lot of people in the world… 🙂

24 09 2010
Luke!

Happy Blogirthday!

A year, huh? Congratulations! I’m almost at a year myself. Sometime in October, Although I couldn’t tell you what day it is without looking it up.

28 09 2010
bessmarvin

i had to make a concerted effort to go back in time and sort out my blogirthday. i’m really bad at remembering real dates of importance, so these faux holidays (fauxlidays?) don’t exactly get prime filing space in my brain. regardless, we should have a “WE DIDN’T QUIT!” party to celebrate. how was webcomics weekend? did yelling bird like your colon?

24 09 2010
Your Father

Hey Allie,

Congrats with the Broke’s B-Day. I hope that you guys do something fun to celebrate. We hope to get to Portland soon. See you then.

Love,
Dad

28 09 2010
bessmarvin

ha! i didn’t even realize that you read my blog. sorry about all the swearing! any time you and fran wanna come down and visit, i have about a million restaurants worth going to. it’s always a standing invite. thanks for visiting! xo -a.

4 10 2010
InfamousQBert

Awwww! i was out getting hitched the day this posted, but i just read it and wanted to say thanks for the shout-out and happy blogiversary!

4 10 2010
bessmarvin

OMG congratulations!!! was it the best day ever?

5 10 2010
InfamousQBert

it was pretty great. 🙂

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