James Attains!

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Hello people who read my posts. Today is a very exciting day for two reasons, both of which pertain to this very blog.

Firstly, it’s an exciting day because today is my two year blogiversary.

That’s right it’s been two whole years since a slightly younger, slightly greener (in the metaphorical sense of lacking experience rather than literal sense of actually being the colour green) version of me sat at this very desk and typed the first ever post that appeared on ‘James Proclaims’.

Except that isn’t entirely true because the first post on that I published, on this day, twenty-four months ago, was actually just a rehash of a ‘first post’ I’d written for a different, now defunct blog. 

Still it was a start, albeit a rather pessimistic one. In that first post I lamented the fact that I was almost certainly going to give up at this blogging malarkey fairly soon, but look, two years on I’m still going strong.

Well, sort of strong.


I mean this is my first post in three weeks but who’s counting?

Apart from me obviously.

But over the last two years, despite occasional sabbaticals like the one I’ve just had, I’ve been a pretty consistent blogger.

In terms of quantity anyway. Quality is rather less assured on these pages.

But I have churned out a fair amount of content over the last 730 days.

To the extent that this is not only my two year blogiversary post but also my 300th post.

That seems like an achievement right?

300 posts count as a lot by any blogger’s standards.

So it really is a momentous day.

And when I think back to that fateful day in 2015, when I first conceived the idea for ‘James Proclaims’, it didn’t even begin to cross my mind that just two years and three hundred posts later, I would actually be making a living out of blogging and adored by millions of faithful readers the world over.

Which is just as well because that definitely hasn’t happened.

At all.

But what has happened is that my posts have been read and (dare I say it?) enjoyed by not only my nearest and dearest family and friends, but people from all over the world. People I’ve never met, and probably will never meet, but people who brighten up my day by clicking the ’like’ button and leaving encouraging, thoughtful comments on posts that are very often quite literally about nothing.

And through the wonderful world of blogging I have discovered other bloggers who churn out delightful drivel as inane as mine, as well as some who actually have something they want to say and who say it very well indeed.

The blogosphere is a wondrous place where people from all walks of life can mingle in a virtual world that is significantly more pleasant and civilised than other online platforms.

It is a very ‘social’ media indeed.

And so on this momentous day, I invite you all to have a piece of cake and raise a glass of wine in my honour (you will need to provide your own cake and wine though obviously).

And rest assured that I intend to continue sharing my irrelevant thoughts with the internet enough times over the next 12 months to ensure I celebrate my third blogiversary next year.

  52 comments for “James Attains!

  1. Ojaswi
    May 10, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Congratulations James 😄

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    • May 10, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks – I’m very proud 🙂

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  2. May 10, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Congratulations on the milestones! For a second there I was worried you were actually greener two years ago.

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    • May 10, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      If anything I’m greener now – which is slightly worrying now that I think about it…

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      • May 10, 2017 at 5:29 pm

        James, have you been rolling in the grass?

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  3. May 10, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Well done James glad you’re back missed your blogs.

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 10, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      I miss writing them too and I’m glad you enjoy reading them


  4. May 10, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Congratulations!Cheers to many more milestones to conquer!

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 10, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      I do enjoy a good milestone 🙂


  5. May 10, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Did you plan to make your 300th post coincide with your blogiversary? That’s pretty good either way! Congrats!

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 10, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Not planned, just a recent spell of inactivity proved to be strangely serendipitous…

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  6. May 10, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Happy blog birthday! That’s very impressive! Two years! I can only hope I make it that far. We’ll see I suppose… You’re giving me hope!

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    • May 10, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      If anyone’s going to make it – you definitely will!

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  7. May 10, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I have no cake, but I’ll raise a tuna sandwich and an apple to your blogiversary. Well done matey 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      Hmmm, that sounds suspiciously healthy… but who doesn’t enjoy a tuna sandwich!

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  8. gigglingfattie
    May 10, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    happy blogiversary!! 2 years is a great accomplishment! I am looking forward to it this summer!

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 10, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      Make sure you invite me to the party!


      • gigglingfattie
        May 10, 2017 at 5:21 pm

        Will do!

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  9. May 10, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Congratulations! Keep your insights coming and posts posting!

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 10, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      You really shouldn’t encourage me… 🙂

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  10. May 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Congratulations! Looking forward to the next 300!

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 10, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      I’ll try not to disappoint…


  11. May 10, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    I was missing your posts!

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 10, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      It’s nice to be missed, but I’ll try not to disappear again any time soon.

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  12. May 10, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Congrats on your blogiversary! Two years is great. From what I’ve read, most new bloggers give up during the first year when it becomes work thinking of things to say. Keep ’em coming!

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  13. May 10, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    well done old chum; though this does make me wonder if I should upgrade my laptop as to me your gravatar has been green throughout and to be told that you’re actually not is a bit of a blow. And with 300 posts in the locker you can now join in one of those Throwup Tuesdays where people recycle their old stuff like regurgitated carrots. Looking forward to your root vegetable of choice next week; keep (bringing) it up!!

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    • May 12, 2017 at 10:37 pm

      I’ve always enjoyed beetroot

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  14. May 11, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Happy Blogiversary! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 12, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      Thanks 😊


  15. May 11, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Like a that famous, tardy rabbit, I’m running late to the tea party… but congrats on the momentous achievement! I wondered where you’d gone, clearly you were just preparing the cake and bunting 🙂
    I’m not far behind you, I’ll make sure I forward an invite for next month’s shindig.

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  16. May 12, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Huzzah on 2 years!! That’s quite an accomplishment. No cake here, but I will gladly eat my banana in you honor! 🙂

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    • May 12, 2017 at 10:43 pm

      Much appreciated, but it’s no substitute for cake…

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  17. May 13, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Happy anniversary! I had my recent 2nd year anniversary too last month.

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  18. sportsattitudes
    May 15, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Happy two year blogiversary James! Looking forward to many more posts…and many more smiles. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 30, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Thanks – I seem to have been negligent on the posting front recently but I’ll be back soon I hope.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Jay
    May 19, 2017 at 3:18 am

    Happy blogbirthday!

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  20. May 24, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Happy 2 years! I’ll raise a glass to your accomplishments, and while I am just as an inconsistent reader as I am blog writer, I do believe I’ve been a subscriber from the start. Cheers to your irreverent writing from your friend in Pennsylvania (USA for those not familiar with the Keystone State), which I think puts me in that category of ‘all over the world.’


    • May 24, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      p.s. Don’t you like how I turned my comment into being all about me? HeHe. Keep writing!


      • May 24, 2017 at 3:17 pm

        p.s.s. Because this is fun. I am liking the positivity in the title of this post. A new category perhaps?


      • May 30, 2017 at 11:04 am

        And yes I had noticed that – but it’s no more than I would do so I won’t hold it against you 🙂


    • May 30, 2017 at 11:03 am

      You are indeed one of my earliest subscribers and for that I will always be grateful – and indeed as far as I’m concerned you are from ‘all over the world’. I’d like to make ‘James Attains’ a new category but that might mean having to actually go out and do some stuff. I’ll give it some thought 🙂


  21. May 30, 2017 at 12:05 am

    The cake was lovely, but bloomin’ expensive. Sending you the bill!

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 30, 2017 at 11:01 am

      I sympathise, but sending me the bill will only cost you more in postage stamps. Feel free to send me cake however…

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  22. June 1, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Congratulations James! Thank you for all the laughs and amusing times you’ve shared- I can’t wait to see what the year ahead has in store!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 1, 2017 at 8:11 am

      Neither can I, although I seem to be struggling at the moment – but hopefully the creative juices will start to flow again soon 🙂


  23. June 1, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Congrats on 2 years. I am new to the blog and look forward to reading more of your posts. I just followed you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 2, 2017 at 6:00 am

      Thanks — glad to have you on board 🙂


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