Today marks a milestone for me as the first anniversary of my blog with Chicagonow. This is a huge deal for me as a person who has struggled with a serious ADD problem. That's self diagnosed of course. In the beginning I was a bit concerned that I would run out of things to write about and not be able to sustain the blog. Wrong folks. I never run out of things to say and despite my possibly boring the living shit out of you, I have loved few things as much as this.
I love to write. I don't know if I'm a good writer but I love the act of putting my thoughts down and sharing them. Throughout my life I have written the outlines of at least twenty books (never wrote them), wrote some magazine articles that were actually published (20 years ago) and in 1996 completed a full 120 page screenplay. About Elvis. That's a story for another day.
The community manager for this wonderful site is a dear old friend. He suggested I start blogging and despite my fear of not sticking to it, I started. I am proud to say I have written on the average of every 2.7 days. That's 135 posts. On which I have received many comments. Through these blogs and the ensuing comments I have learned quite a bit about what people are interested in. I have also learned what subjects really set people's emotions on fire.
I have paid much more attention to the news since I started blogging and feel much more educated. I have learned that reality shows and what I have written about them makes me hate them. I have written about the Cubs and how they have disappointed me. I'd love to see that change. I have learned that there are some twisted nuts out there that enjoy doing things to themselves when they watch Toddler's and Tiara's, a show I have written about several times.
I have learned that breast feeding, politics, Planned Parenthood and 9/11 are tough subjects that invite many comments. My most controversial blog this year was regarding The Breast Milk Baby Doll. I said it was gross and some people were pissed. A story about tattooed Barbie drew great support and with that one, my twitter followers increased by about 40 in one day. Cool. That was due in great part to a fellow blogger, Mom's Who Drink and Swear, sharing it on her Facebook page. Thanks again.
On the subject of other bloggers, I must say that meeting some of these people has been the highlight of my first year. We all have a passion to write and share our thoughts. They are a talented bunch they are and being a part of it feels amazing.
Throughout the year it's interesting how many blog opportunities arise everyday. I can no longer be involved in ANYTHING that I don't think to write about. I must say though that the one thing I find myself most passionate about is the welfare of children. I have written about some missing children, children affected by cancer and illness (today's blog) and those children abused by their parents. I am hoping in the next year to bring more awareness to the plight of missing children though this blog. That would take a whole lot more than the 89 facebook followers I currently have, but I am hopeful.
I thought in the beginning that I would always write in a humorous way. However, as the year has gone by and I see all that goes on in the world and the news that it's not all about being funny. Even so, I will still always see the world through rose colored glasses.
So, thanks for reading this past year. I am proud that I have followers and invite comments from more of you. Please tell me if there is something you would like me to write about or a story that could use attention. I'm not a journalist as journalists may point out, but I have a voice. And as many of my friends will tell you, I'm not afraid to use it.