Monday, March 12, 2012

One Year Extragamavanzasplitaculariffical

 








Despite your encouragement, Blarah, I soldiered on with my blogbitions.


Little did you know your words would feature so prominently in one of my early posts.










And so I blogged.


All the sadness in my heart spilled out onto the screen, all the desperate grief and disillusionment.


It broke me to write those early posts.


Have you ever taken out your guts and flung them at a loved one? Posts like this one were my way of doing that.


When I was finished, there was nothing left of me.


 I was empty.

Then, people started to visit.

And suddenly I felt immense pressure to dance. 

 


And dance I did, like a little monkey of drawing and writing.


All of you have been clapping so wonderfully and whipping bananas at me.


Thank you.


My most visited post: It's not a short bus
Someone Stumbled this post and gave me like 30 million hits. That was cool. Feel free to Stumble all of me!


The post that I do not entirely hate by now: Evolution is real, I am proof
This one I drew in like three minutes on a total impulse. All the rest of my posts annoy me now, I guess because I have to spend so much time with them.


In fact even this post is really running out of gas.


Crappy extragamaplasmaticversary.


I am grateful to all of you readers and commenters.


I try to respond in a timely manner but I know I miss some, please don't feel unappreciated.


Well.....sooooooo....um....man this awkward....shew, this weather...with the sports....and the doing stuff outside...and the people at the...those people who....do all that...all those things....yeah them


I can't think of a tidy ending, so-

50 comments:

  1. LOL. I have had 2 visits to my blog.. apparently I'm big in Germany and Russia. I feel your pain, and celebrate with you Extragamavanzasplitaculariffically. Congrats! and yeah.. that weather.. with the things.. and the rain/snow gear.. and the team.. go sprots!

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    1. Go sprots! You understand where i am coming from.

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  2. Go shortie, it's your birthday.
    Turning one in blog years is pretty impressive. I think that's something like 30 in goldfish years. I'll have to think of something really great to get you. Stay tuned.

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    1. Money is great, especially in large quantities.

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  3. Guilty feet, got no rhythm....

    Total epiphany for me in those words, right there... All thee years, all 900 of them, I thought the line was "guilty feelings, got no rhythm..."

    Oh.
    Mah.
    Gahhhh.

    Thank you, Gweenbrick.

    I will no longer look a fool at karaoke.

    Meanwhile, happy blogaversary!!! Even though you once compared me to a tattood circus freak, I still look forward to your new blog postings like a fat kid looks forward to a pizza party.

    //madlove

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    1. I said that about you????? I take it all back. You have been a great supporter of me, and I am so glad I could aid you on your journey to never look foolish at karaoke again.

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    1. Oooh thanks Mandy. I love all that weird traffic that comes with Stumbleupon

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  5. I love it when you sprechen! You are one of my favorite sprecherers.

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    1. July will be five years of blogging for me! But it seems more like fifteen because I have pen-pal-ed for a decade before that, so same content, slightly larger audience now. Itz all cool. Plus I now meet more people, I enjoy blogging far more than Facebook.

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    2. Congratulations on five years! Its like celebrating sobriety. Thanks for all your continued support esb!

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    3. You are most welcome! It always cheers my day to see a new Gweenbrick show up on my reading list. I run out of things to blog every once in awhile, but I don't fret too much about it, cause based on previous eXperience I know the universe will soon give me a blizzard of bizarre.

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  6. "Sadness without cause, is the luxury of the obese"...I think I read that in a medical journal once.

    Happy extragamaplasmaticversary to you too gweenbrick.
    May your reign be long and your snack draw plenty!

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    1. Thanks lily! I think I got that line from my copy of The Quotable Pretentious Man

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  7. Happy Blogabirthary! Good times.

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    1. Thank you Jrose! Thank you for reading me all this time and giving me encouragement! You are an exceptional member of the blogging community!

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  8. Happy Blogoversary !!!

    *sings happy birthday song to computer*

    I for one am very glad you didn't listen to that stupid librarian :)

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  9. your blogoversary falls on my real wedding anniversay (coincidence???). The Husband and I have been married 12 years now. Because we got married when I was, uh, 16. Yes. So now I am 28. Not sure why I look 40, because I am 28.

    Anyway, happy blogoversary, and I hope your blog takes you out for a nice dinner and glass of wine, like The Husband is planning to do. Well, I mean, he better be planning to do. Eat a piece of cake for me, or maybe the whole cake if it is really good.

    xxo
    MOV

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    1. Happy Birthday MOV! I just want my blog to give me a foot rub.

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  10. Happy anniblogary! Someday around post 1000 you'll look back and think "why the frak did I start a blog with illustrations?! I should have done one of those cat photo with captions blogs!"

    Also, your attention to detail in your drawings is pretty remarkable -- for example the Lego piece on the desk and the "speech" coming out of the TV. That said, I don't see a career in botanical illustration in your future. Those mountain plants are "difficult to identify" to put it mildly. I've got an eye for that sort of thing.

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    1. Ha ha I cracked up when I read this, but I must disagree with you. Those are Tibetan clumps of ridge grass, I looked them up before I drew them. They are made when snowmelt comes down the mountains and pools in the edges of mountain switchbacks. Then goats with pollen on their legs walk through the puddles. Then there is photosynthesis.

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  11. We have loved joining you on the journey.

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  12. I thought only teenagers used tumblr. See, you can learn something new every single day. You shouldn't learn anything on sundays, though. That's a day for drinking beer and praying to Jesus.

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    1. Hey that would make sense because she was the teen librarian-

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  13. HAPPY BLOBDAY!
    I am glad Lily turned me onto this blob, I really adore it.
    And BTW- what is stumble, other than my weak attempt at walking on a regular basis?

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    1. Thank you so much for reading Violet-Lily is awesome and I love her blog. Stumbleupon is that site that mixes up a million different sites and lets you randomly "stumble" from one to the next by pushing a "stumble" button. Blogs can get a ton of traffic from being stumbled, but most of it is like insta-bounce, people look for one second and then click away. But still, its fun to get that many visits.

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  14. Hahhaha Happy Blogiversary!!!

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    1. Thanks Gia, and thanks for always reading!

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  15. Wow! A year already? What an entertaining year it has been. It was nice to reminisce over some of the older posts you referenced. I will try to be better about stumbling your posts. It's only a matter of time until the StumbleUpon world finds you.

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    1. Thanks Danny! It does not really matter about the Stumble thing, but I do appreciate you always reading and commenting

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  16. Gweenbrick - you're my favourite blogger (that's still blogging and hasn't gone on to gweener pastures...I'm glad you started blogging - you're a real artist!

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    1. Thanks Julie! When I went back to look at my older posts, I was completely surprised to see how many you had commented on. Thanks for going back and reading all that old crap, it really means A LOT to me that someone would take the time to do that.

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    2. You don't get it Gween - it's not crap. You really are good. The emotion, the way you pull readers in and astound us with what comes next, and it seems so matter of fact and un-worked. You're a good writer - aaaaand you can illustrate.

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  17. You're such an expert blogger I would have thought you've been at it more than a year! Remarkable progress!

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    1. Aw Bozo, you flatterer and drawer of naughty monkey pictures, thank you.

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    2. Lol... but I wasn't being a flatterer (right then anyway) I really meant it ;-)

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    1. Thank you eke-I loved your Batman suit! That drawing was awesome.

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  19. congratulations and happy anniversary! If I met you in person, I would give you a cake and a hug, but that would probably make you very uncomfortable and possibly inspire a blog post that would make me uncomfortable, and then things would be really awkward between us. So it's probably better this way.

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    1. This comment is one of my favorite ones ever. You understand me so completely Kelly that I want to take you as a second wife.

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  20. How did I miss this post? How and, of course, what?

    Happy bloggaversary!

    Regards from England

    Jules (The)

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  21. I'm glad you danced like a Monkey.
    It's lead to me looking forward to your hilarious stories. It's nice to laugh at your misfortune (I mean that in the nicest possibly way).
    Happy first birthday :D Sincerely hope there are many more to come!

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    1. It's such mild and terrible inconsequential misfortune that I don't mind you laughing at it Aysh.

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  22. Sorry I'm late to the party.
    "Happy blog-berfday to you!"
    "Happy blog-berfday tooo you!"
    "Happy blog-berfday dear Gweenbrick!"
    "Happy blog-berfday to you!"

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