No Tuesday Flash Fiction again this week. Why? Because I’m celebrating!
This is my 100th post!
I figure this is a good time for a quick retrospective of The Happy Logophile since it began, 100 posts and 5 months ago. My original intention in starting this blog was to… Actually, I had absolutely no idea. I’d made the decision to focus heavily on writing this year, and was web-browsing writing competitions, markets, publishers, and tips when I realised something that changed my life: Everyone who’s anyone has a blog.
So I started one.
With absolutely no idea of what I was going to write about, or what I was going to do with it.
For a couple of weeks, that was fine. I’d post interesting words and their etymology and long, self-indulgent ramblings about my writing. My husband would read my posts once they went live, and tell me they were great.I sat down and gave myself a pat on the back. I was done. I could cross “Set up a blog” off my list of “Things to accomplish this year”.
And then the unthinkable happened. Something so dreadful, so terrifying, and so completely unexpected that it left me unable to do anything but stare at my monitor in horror.
Laura Stanfill subscribed to my blog.
I read and reread the email at least a dozen times. Who was this “Laura Stanfill”? Why was she reading my blog? And what the hell was I going to do about it?
Eventually, I clicked over to Laura’s blog to find out more about her. That’s when I discovered that she’s an author from Portland, and she was running a series of articles on Flipback books. (Check it out if you haven’t done so already.) I was overwhelmed, outclassed, and even more terrified. This woman I didn’t know, who wrote about intelligent and important writing things like new book formats, was reading my blog. What could I do??
When the panic cleared, I realised my only option was to keep writing my blog, but make it better. Bigger. Stronger. I could rebuild it! I had the technology!
And thus, the modern Happy Logophile was born. So if you don’t like it, pop over to Laura’s blog and blame her.
I’ve had a great time getting to know people in the blogosphere, and to build a community of friends online. I’m thrilled to have so many people read and comment on my posts, and to have such great blogs to read in return. So thank you to my 63 subscribers, regular non-subscribed readers, and occasional visitors. And thank you to you. Yes, you.
No retrospective would be complete without a round-up of some stats and a few shameless plugs, so here goes:
Top 3 Most Popular Posts
The 4:00am Wake-Up Call (I was greatly honoured when this post was Freshly Pressed.)
Flash Fiction: Wish You Were Here (This is the prize-winning entry to one of Check Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challenges.)
Writing, Blogging and Wearing Pants. (I have no idea why this post was so popular. None at all.)
Top 3 Most Under-Appreciated Posts (that I really like)
Top 3 Strangest Search-Terms used to find my Blog
- movie sociopathic psychopathic antagonist
- your an awesome wife
- pink glass horn of plenty
I’m so thrilled to have made it to 100 posts, I figured I should do something to celebrate. “Open a bottle of wine!” I called to my long-suffering husband. Then it occurred to me that I celebrate everything by opening a bottle of wine. Just got published? Open a bottle of wine! Just had a baby? Open a bottle of wine! Children survived the whole day without any serious injuries? Open a bottle of wine! Surely there’s another way to celebrate…
This is where YOU come in.
Leave me a comment telling me an interesting way you celebrated a personal achievement. I’ll choose the one I like best, and send the winner a prize.
See, I told you it was all about you.
The prize-winning commenter will win a PDF copy of A Visit from the Duchess.
(That’s the anthology of speculative fiction that includes my short story ‘A Rose by Any Other Name’. So, maybe it is all about me…)