It’s Not Me – It’s You

Tonight my ass is in the exact spot it was this time last year. How do I know? Because while I was working on this post, I received this little nugget from WordPress:

Happy Wordiversary

I didn’t realize it was our wordiversary. I had already decided to give a little something to the people who have shared the weirdest year of my life. My ass may be in the same place, but my head sure isn’t. This time last year I was as technologically advanced as a rotary phone. I didn’t have a clue how to wrap my head around the loss of my dear friend or the effort that would be required to market my first work of fiction. It was going to take much more than simply leaning into the learning curve, but my loyal follower said, “You’re great.  You can do anything. Now get busy.” So, that is exactly what I did.

I started my trip into the seventh circle of cyber hell. Frustration fueled by my results oriented impatience and my techNOlogic ignorance was too hilarious not to write about. So, I wrote about it and no one gave a shit. Post after post I bitched and moaned to maybe three people. (one of those was me) Luckily a couple of people with nothing better to do stopped by and gave me a reason to live keep writing. I thought I could use the word blogging in every title. Honie Is Blogging! Seriously? That was the title of my very first post. I planned to rotate “blogging” as the first, second, or third word in each title.

What a goober!

Then I flipped the scrip, got myself some real post titles. Yeah, nobody cared. Readers trickled in only a few at a time, but I kept writing. I discovered some excellent blogs and just kept on writing. 209 posts, 2 upgrades, and a theme change later, I’ve written about every topic I can think of with the hope of sharing my sense of humor, my genuine desire to communicate in a meaningful way, my zero tolerance policy for non-sense, my love for people and places and my belief that we are all connected. For the most part, I think I have accomplished that. I really didn’t have a set goal. Like most things I have done so far in my life, I’m all in, until I’m not any more. Honesty and humor always my priority, I am here now to share my little creation with you, my dear readers. It’s all about you. And me, but mostly you.

For those who have hung in there with me from the beginning, may you get everything your heart desires. For those who discovered my blog because of my constant commenting on yours or someone else’s blog, may you have pleasant dreams every night of your life. Those of you who are here because a scout for Freshly Pressed took pity on me and decided 200 was my lucky number, thanks for getting here before I dropped dead.

Here is my wordiversary gift to each of you awesome people. If your blog was left out, I promise it wasn’t due to malicious intent. Please leave a comment and I will be sure to feature your blog in a future post. Peace. Thank you so very much for everything.

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53 Responses to It’s Not Me – It’s You

  1. Hala J. says:

    Happy Happy Wordiversary!! Lovely video, too! :-D You’ve definitely come a long way, and God knows I relate to writing when you feel like no one gives a damn. But keep doing it, ’cause you know you’re good.

  2. Happy Wordiversary! My husband just walked through the room and muttered “evil laptop”–he does not know what he is missing — glad you are part of my world and I am part of yours!

  3. artsifrtsy says:

    Congrats on the Wordiversary – and I too have wondered about what my life would have been like if only I had gone to ITT tech instead of that silly art school! Oh the wasted years….

    Thanks for the shout outs – so many screen caps! Nicely done. Also thanks for being my tech support – IMADORK sometimes.

  4. Mrs. P says:

    I loved your video…and your post! There’s hope for me yet! :)

  5. Congratulations!! And may I say you have amazing techKNOWlogy, to be able to put together that video, and do it so well! Oh yes you do!! (And thank you! :-) )

    • Honie Briggs says:

      Easy peasy with Windows Live Movie Maker. The most time consuming part was cropping the print screen images. Just add music, stir and viola! No skills required. Okay some skill, but not much. Any spider monkey can do it. What I meant to say was, yeah, I’ve been working on it since before I even started blogging. :) Thanks!

  6. Carrie Rubin says:

    That was fantastic! I am so impressed. I can’t imagine the time that took you to create. I’m bowing to you as I type this. Well done. And thank you for including me! By the way, I loved your “special thanks” section (very funny) and the lovely picture of you at the end. :)

    • Honie Briggs says:

      Glad you enjoyed it. From start to finish it only took a few hours. Of course I was tweaking it at 3 a.m., trying to get the “special thanks” just right. Everyone I have encountered has been supportive, funny, friendly, thoughtful and inspiring. It’s been a great experience. Who knows what next year will bring. Maybe my printable clothing idea will catch on and I can devote my laundry time to blogging! HA!

  7. Congrats on your anniversary and thanks for the mention – you rock!

  8. Great accomplishment and congrats, looking forward to the next year!

    • Honie Briggs says:

      Thank you. Next year! Yes, what wonderful surprises and absolute bullshit are in store for us? We’ll all find out together, won’t we? Love the name of your blog, btw. :)

  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! And not just because my blog was in the video! There are a bunch in there that I’ve never seen, obviously I have much uncharted blogosphere to cover. But as much as I loved seeing all the blogs, the parts at the end were the best. I’m glad you thanked people for distracting the guards—it’s not easy without a good lookout, right? And I love that you thanked Doritos. But my favorite part was the shadow pictures of you. Thanks for making me laugh out loud, sister.

    • Honie Briggs says:

      If you need a map of the uncharted blogosphere, just ask me, I get around. You’re right, about the value of a good lookout. They’re worth more than a bag of Doritos. Great that you LOL’d! I appreciate your comments. Always!

  10. Wyrd Smythe says:

    Loved the video! Great tour of WP themes and blogs!!

  11. JackieP says:

    I’ve been following you almost as long as I’ve been blogging. I’ve always enjoyed you. But, I so understand the beginning and only talking to a couple of people. :-)

  12. runoffwriter says:

    Fantastic. What a great idea…we are all so honored to be featured:)

    Congrats on all your success, well-deserved. Don’t change a thing.

  13. Tech Tard says:

    Oh I so love your blog! I just recently started a blog, and it was supposed to be ALL about my (as you write) techNOlogical ignorance, but, seems like no one gives a sh*t :D I’ve thought about changing it up, too. Maybe that will help? Anyway, It makes me feel better to know that someone else experienced something similar. I think my writing sucks,too… and that could be a big reason no one gives a shit. HA! But it won’t get any better unless I keep at it. Thanks for inspiring me to keep at it!

  14. Well done and thank you for the nod. I think that if you had gone to ITT Tech the Help Lines would be a lot more fun. Congratulations on starting another year, you have raised the bar.

    • Honie Briggs says:

      Thanks Allan. Yes, fun and for certain there would be none of this “we’re experiencing higher that usual call volume, your wait time will be three hours and 26 minutes, please feel free to use our online “self-help” because we gutted our customer service and doubled our sales staff.” Another year, what will I do? I wish I’d taken that one-upmanship class guys get to take in high school. That would come in handy about now. HA!

  15. Le Clown says:

    Honie,
    Yay! (That is so hard to type so early with only one coffee under my one-ab). And I should make you a badge for being Le Clown’s friend. I am so very magnanimous™.
    Le Clown

  16. swlothian says:

    Way to go Honie. Congrats and it’s been great to read your honest and hilarious posts.
    Thanks for including me in your vid ……. it made me grin with pride.

    • Honie Briggs says:

      S.W. You’ve been here longer than just about everyone. I always look forward to seeing that Golden Scarab smiling back at me with pride. I appreciate you for hanging in there through the struggle for world peace, searching for the elusive word of mouth, my bouts of YouTubeitis, the rants and scorching summer heat. You’ve read it all. Thank you.

  17. Jon says:

    Nice! Congrats baby! See… You listened to meeeee!!! You did do it! Xoxoxox Jon

  18. Congrats on one year! And this dude loves that his day just started off with a rousing Propellerheads wake-up call. Thanks very much for that.

  19. Thank you — for a lot of reasons: reading, following, writing, commenting, sharing, making me laugh and more (and not necessarily in that order).

  20. Peaches says:

    ” Post after post I bitched and moaned to maybe three people. (one of those was me) Luckily a couple of people with nothing better to do stopped by and gave me a reason to live keep writing.”

    This is more true than I would like to admit, so it made me laugh. The truth is funny like that. lol

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