Tuesday, November 27, 2007

happy anniversary


Northern Kentucky News has grown a lot this year. Surprisingly so. Joining us today are visitors from places as far-flung as Australia, Croatia and Estonia! It boggles the mind. The blog is also wildly popular in a tiny town in Illinois. The people there read every day… Often several times a day. More than my family in Oregon read it, actually.

All in all, people from 37 countries and 42 states visited the Northern Kentucky News blog this month. And came back.

Just think of it: worldwide, readers are sitting somewhere, beer or coffee mug firmly in hand, shaking their heads and laughing (I’m guessing) at the silly fluff on this blog. Now I know if Griff sees this he’ll be rolling his eyes… He probably has readers from every corner of the earth. But it’s kind of a big deal to me.

You see, when I started this blog, I never thought of the implications. The Global implications. Of admitting that I have poor taste in men. That I sometimes let a ringing phone ring. That I get aggravated with my family and that I eat over the sink. I put up a comments box but I never thought anyone would feel compelled to respond.

It’s birthed all-new friendships. That’s been wonderful. It’s probably also sunk one or two relationships… too many truths have been posted here. (That’s not going to stop.) But on the whole, I feel pretty good about my efforts. Yeah, there have definitely been some dogs. Just some really poorly written blog posts. I’d delete them, but what’s the point? You signed on to share the good and the bad.

I think it’s made my family look at me… In a somewhat different light. I was surprised when one of my brothers told me he read it occasionally. “Um,” I blushed, “sometimes I talk about things that are, um…”

“I just skip over those posts, Lisa.” OK, whew!

My sister said the same thing. When I write something that’s offensive to the family eyes (or ears), they just ignore it. Taking the "bad" with the good. That’s good advice to anyone who reads a blog. And most of the blogs that I like to read are pure fiction. Fantasy. Nothing wrong with that. If you can't make it up online, where else can you do it?

I once had a guy email me about another blog I write saying, “I hate it when people start their own blogs and then just say whatever they want.”

Well, heck. Isn’t that the point?

As Charles Kinney would say, on his blog from Greenland, Mazel Tov, bitches!

And as Charles Brown would say (in arguably the best Christmas movie of all time- on tonight, by the way) Don’t you know sarcasm when you hear it?

Dec 11th marks the one year anniversary of the Northern Kentucky News blog.

Let’s have a lot more fun together. I’m ready. Are you?