Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Anniversarius

Anniversary - from the Latin anniversarius, from the words for year and to turn, meaning (re)turning yearly; (known in English since c1230) is a day that commemorates and/or celebrates a past event that occurred on the same day of the year as the initial event.

Like a bad boyfriend, I missed the anniversary of my blog. I knew I started writing it in mid- to early July of 2005, but I wasn’t sure of the exact date. I randomly checked the date of my first post on July 8, and lo and behold, it just so happened to be my blog-iversary. I had thought it was a sign that I was supposed to write the greatest blog entry ever; however, I was extremely sleepy and didn’t even stay awake for the third place game of the Copa Mundial.

A lot has happened in my life over the past year. For one thing, I actually possessed the mental fortitude to stay with something for a year. A part of me is not surprised that I was able to blog this long because I always wanted to be a writer, particularly a screenwriter, but another part of me is surprised because I am, as my mom would always say, “a jack of all trades, master of none.” Maybe I’m finally recovering from the psychological pain that she caused from calling me that. Whatever the case, I was able to go one full year—71 posts.

I originally started the blog because I had so many thoughts on Laguna Beach, but had nobody to share them with. I couldn’t just walk up to my old roommate and start bitching about why Kristin sucked as a narrator. His favorite show was myth Busters on Discovery. Needless to say, he didn’t really care for Laguna Beach night. Many of my early posts were Laguna or reality TV-related, but I started getting comments that all I blogged about was TV.

I started looking at my own personal experiences and decided that I was slightly less boring than most people. It seems a bit ridiculous now, but it was tough for me to start writing about personal subjects on my posts—it seemed a little too Dr. Phil. I also didn’t want to have a Real World confessional tone—I think I’m depressed and hate life because my dad once told me “you sucked” right after a soccer game. I didn’t want to put you through that crap. If anything, that story is actually really funny, and I’m glad it happened. I have a good laugh when I think about it, and I even tell it to friends sometimes but I won’t be able to any longer since I just told everyone in this blog. Oh well.

Anyhow, something strange happened as I ventured down this personal blogging path. My loyal readers—all 50 of you—happened to think I was slightly funny. This was all the motivation I needed. I loved sending out updates and getting comments or E-mails about how entertained you were. I loved that people would read my blog at work to pass the time. The fan love—50 fans strong—was exhilarating.

Some fan favorites and also my favorites include the BSB post, the I’m a Foreigner post, the Hottest Guy on Campus post (not because of my writing, obviously), my modeling post, and The Dirty Burrito vs. Clean Taco blog-offs, which I won 2-0 thanks to my loyal fan base. My post in semi-letter format informing the world of my resignation from The Corporation holds a special place in my heart. It’s how my parents found out I quit my job. I was on my way from Minneapolis to Chicago to partake in some resignation celebrations when my dad called to ask me if I had quit my job. He had just read my blog and was curious as to whether it was true. He seemed concerned at first, but then seemed to relax once I informed him that I wouldn’t be asking him for money.

I was much more aware of my experiences this past year because I did blog about many of them. The low point came at the beginning because of my horrible time at The Corporation, though there was an anomalous peek in August when my kickball team destroyed the Target league and I scored both runs in a 2-0 win, thus cementing my kickball legacy. Luckily, the year just got better, mainly because of my trip to The Island and internship at The Agency. I also got to be an international male model, with one of my ads actually reaching the Cannes International Ad Festival. It was such a great experience that my mom was calling me every week asking if I was actually coming back to The Americas. After that stage I went home to Michigan for a month, and then I just packed up 2 suitcases and move to NYC. I ended up finding a job where, so far, I’m happy. I enjoy the work and the people. It’s a completely different experience from The Corporation, where I’d get the evil eye from my mentor just because I’d come ask a question. People at my new place actually understand that a few questions are standard for a new employee. My boss actually hugged me today because she was leaving for a business trip for the week. Obviously, I told her I’m suing. I’m cashing in baby.

I’m somewhat happy with my situation right now. Hopefully, this trend keeps going. I hope I’m still doing this blog a year from now. I’ve been slacking lately because I’m so tired from work. Keep reading, and I’ll keep writing. Remember, I keep tabs on you guys through Google Adsense. Don’t forget to click my ads! It supplements my miniscule Assistant Account Executive income.

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