Happy Blogiversary To Me!

James Proclaims (4)

linux-161107_640 It’s my Blogiversary

Or should it be blogoversary?

A google search suggests that either spelling is an acceptable way of describing the anniversary of the inception of a blog.

Most of the blogs I read seem to go with ‘blogiversary’.

So I’ll go with that too.

Today it is exactly a year since I posted for the first time on ‘James Proclaims’.

I’d started blogs before but truthfully they most petered out after a few weeks. I had no reason to think this attempt would be any different a year ago.

But it is. It’s lasted a year (a leap year to boot). And not just a year of me occasionally remembering that I have a blog and posting intermittent ramblings every few months.

I’ve posted things on here with a regularity that is, frankly, impressive by any blogger’s standards.

I’ve posted when I’ve got stuff to say and when I’ve got nothing at all to say.

And unlike all my other blog efforts in the past, people have been reading some of the stuff I write.

Some people even seem to quite like it.

Which is beyond comprehension.

In my more arrogant (and usually drunken) moments, I even describe my blog as having a fan-base. It’s a bold claim and one I struggle to justify when sober. If the readers of my blog can be described as a ‘fan-base’ then they are an elite group but small in number.

But to write stuff that people actually bother to read is pretty cool. Is it not every writer’s dream?

Well, no.

It’s this writer’s dream to get paid for being a writer.

People actually reading the stuff would be virtually irrelevant if someone was to actually give me money for doing this.

But usually the two concepts go hand-in-hand.

It does seem a preposterous idea that a writer could actually be paid to write stuff that no-one reads.

Nonetheless, if that was the deal on the table, I would absolutely take it.

Alas, to date there has been no money forthcoming for my efforts.

But there have been a small number of readers.

On balance I’m going to call that success and give myself a pat on the back.

So what have I learned about blogging in the last year?

What nuggets of wisdom can newbie bloggers take from a wise old head like mine?

At this point I would like to have come up with a humerous list of blogging ‘lessons’. Instead I came up with this:

  1. Even if you think what you’ve written is rubbish, post it anyway. It’s more content and that’s all that really counts.
  2. Even if you work really hard on a post and think you’ve produced an epistle extraordinaire, don’t be surprised if you get more ‘likes’ for the second-rate haiku you wrote in less than five minutes last week after consuming the best part of a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau.
  3. Bloggers are mostly lovely, but quite a lot of them are just as narcissistic as me.
  4. If you’re going to make a point of celebrating your blogiversary, maybe write something in advance of the date, otherwise you might find yourself producing a meandering, unbalanced and slightly incoherent post such as this.
  5. If you can’t think of a way to end a post, do something ‘wacky’ like having an ‘imaginary’ party.

Anyway it is my blogiversary, which seems like a reason for celebration.

So I’m having an ‘imaginary’ party. I invited all of my ‘imaginary’ friends. Some of them were busy but a few of them have turned up.

You’re invited too!

Have a slice of ‘imaginary’ cake.

The ‘imaginary’ wine is very good. But don’t overdo it if you ‘imaginary’ drove here.

My next post will be on Thursday.

I’ve already written it so below is a trailer for it:


The story of how I got locked in the toilet in 2007 and what I did to get out.

  11 comments for “Happy Blogiversary To Me!

  1. May 10, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! I have been unknowingly following most of your advice by
    1. producing mostly rubbish
    2. having my best rubbish ignored in favor of my drivel
    3. I have indeed “met” some lovely bloggers
    4. I will begin working on my blogiversary post now so I’ll be ready when it rolls around in August
    5. gonna go walk my imaginary dog now
    Congrats on 1 year with your fan-base! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 12, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      Come back – the imaginary party is still going on! I don’t mind if you bring your imaginary dog. I am, however, allergic to imaginary cats…

      Liked by 1 person

      • May 12, 2016 at 8:12 pm

        Not a fan of cats since I’m allergic to them too – real and imaginary. Not to mention that most of the ones I’ve met are jerks.

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      • May 12, 2016 at 8:34 pm

        They really are…


  2. May 10, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    I can’t believe! there’s no imaginary chocolate cake at this imaginary party. I’ve got a good mind to throw down my imaginary vol au vent and walk out the imaginary door….except there’s a rather lovely imaginary guy checking me out…
    Congratulations on your one year blogiversary in the blogosphere. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 12, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      I don’t know who let that imaginary guy in. To be honest I think he ate all the imaginary chocolate cake…

      Liked by 1 person

  3. May 11, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Happy Blogiversary James you’ve don really well keep it up.

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 12, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks for reading all my posts!


  4. May 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! I’m sending you an imaginary gift voucher, will that do?

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 12, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Well it is the thought that counts…

      Liked by 1 person

  5. May 12, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Happy Blogiversary to you,
    Happy Blogiversary to you,
    Happy Blogiversary to James,
    Happy Blogiversary to you.

    I agree with everything – I’d love to be paid to write crap and the most likes I’ve ever had was for some drunken rubbish about time travel!

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