It’s my blogversary and you get the presents!

So, it was exactly one year ago today that I got a wild hair and decided to start blogging. Here is that first post, since I know for a fact none of you have read it:

Well, here I am. Me and about a billion other people. Adding my thoughts and ideas to an already overcrowded place and adding to the deafening background noise that is modern life. So why should you make this a place to waste some of your precious time? What’s so freakin‘ special about me that you would come here and see what I have to say?

Nothing. And everything. I’m pretty average, I would have to say. I’m married, with kids, cats, the SUV, mortgage, soccer, and all that stuff. I stay at home and tend to the chaos that is our life. But I’m constantly brooding about something. Whether it is the odd fact that I heard David Bowie’s “White Wedding” as MUZAK at the grocery store today (WTF?), or what about the underpaid woman in Pakistan who made the sippy cup that my children drank out of, or that soccer fans in the US really need to support Fulham in the EPL because there are a lot of American players on the team and it will boost the USA’s soccer cred if they do well, I have something to say about everything.

And I love reading blogs. Not all blogs mind you, but some. It’s a voyeuristic thing I guess. Reading these things about other peoples lives is strangely comforting. For me it is a pleasant reminder that these people you see out there, the author and the ubergeek for example, are just people. Regular people, with regular problems, and a regular life. Just. Like. Me. And you.

So welcome. I hope that we can get to know each other. I hope that I can bring something of value into your life. I hope that this doesn’t become just another blog out there that never gets read.

Until later,
Mel

And that’s how it all started. It’s been fun so far, and I’m now working on a way to take my writing to the next level, whatever that may be. I’ll be doing NaBloPoMo again and may actually try NaNoWriMo this year. Maybe. 🙂

Anyway, to thank you guys for all the encouragement, support, laughs, and what not over the past year, I thought I would have a small giveaway. At first I thought I ought to give away one of the silly dog products I always take pictures of, but then thought a little better of it. Instead, since the vast majority of you seem to be serious readers, I will offer up a way to feed your addiction. How does a Barnes and Noble gift card strike you? And a really nice bookmark with a George Eliot quote that says “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” Because that is what this whole blog is about: figuring out what the next step in my life is going to be. Oh, and some cookies. I make amazing cookies, if I do say so myself. I’ll let you choose from three types: oatmeal chocolate chip, white chocolate pistachio, and Mexican wedding.

How does one qualify for this giveaway? Simply leave me a comment by 8 am Saturday morning and I’ll have a random drawing. If you tell me which of my “best” posts you like the best (check the sidebar) I’ll enter you twice. Deal?

This has been really fun so far. Thank you all so much. 🙂

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