Me: Do you know what today is?
Daughter: Valentine's Day?
Me: Yeah...but it's also the one year anniversary of my blog.
Daughter: Wow!!! It's your blog-iversary!!!
A year ago today, I started writing "Derailed." Little did I know that it would become my obsession and take on a life of it's own. In the past year, my stories have been mentioned in articles in The New York Times, The New Haven Resister, and they'll soon appear (in excerpts) in an upcoming WAG magazine article. "Derailed" has also been discovered by my fellow bloggers, and has been mentioned in blogs like: Case-notes from an artsy asylum, Stupidity, and My dirty life and times. It's even been discovered by a group of rail fans in Australia (where I now how a small following) and my Cape Cod vacation story somehow showed up on a now defunct website called "Lobster-facts.com."
After my union put a link to this blog on it's website, readership really shot up. It's pretty cool to hear coworkers quoting my blog or discussing my stories.
My wife has been a pretty good sport about sharing our private conversations and family stories. She tries to keep me honest, and occasionally takes exception when I embellish a story. Sometimes, she says, I really make her sound like a b---h. I call it "poetic license" she calls it "exaggeration."
To celebrate Valentine's Day, I'm hyperlinking my Valentine's post from last year. It's called "Cupid's Lost and Found".
Thanks for the inspiration, Cara.