Who ever would have thought, two years ago when I wrote my first blog post, that I'd stick with it this long? Not me.
There was so much I didn't know then.
I had a hell of a time uploading photos in those early days. Didn't know how to make a link. That was all learnable stuff, though, and I learned.
What I never expected was that I would make actual friends through blogging, some of whom I've hung out with several times, and some of whom I haven't met — yet.
Wait. Isn't that like Internet dating? And isn't that supposed to be depraved?
No, and no. It's just a whole new social paradigm.
In fact, the first time I read in a local blog about fellow bloggers meeting up at the farmers market, I was simultaneously horrified (your anonymity is blown!) and jealous (I want to be there, too!).
But now? Been there, done that.
The first time a fellow blogger e-mailed me privately, I felt simultaneously invaded (oh, wait, never mind; I published my addie for exactly that reason) and conspiratorial (ooh, now I know your real name!).
The community is full of warmth and advice, generosity and wisdom.
I'm pleased to be here.
I just want to give a special shout-out to Sam. Shortly after I began my blog, I decided it was time to "come out" and use my blog link on comments. Sam picked up on it right away, and squirreled backward through cyberspace to come over here and see who this nutty Cookiecrumb was, who had been making snarky remarks on her blog.
She must not have hated my blog too much, because she did me the grand honor of announcing me as a Bay Area Blogger of the Week. And that brought me some traffic.
Without it, I might have quit.
But I'm still here, bothering people.
It makes me happy. I mean mad.