Can you believe it?
One hundred and eighty-odd posts later and here we are – looking back on a year of blogging.
I started Rant and Roll because I love to write and because I am easily destroyed by issues that either break my heart or force steam out of my ears.
My amazing friend Sherie encouraged me to write down my rants, mostly due to the fact that she would absolutely kill herself laughing any time I was on the warpath, orating and gesticulating widely (like the modern day – severely pissed off – Pericles that I can be.)
And so I did.
At first all of my posts really were rants – calling out injustices, lamenting social ills, and waxing long on my huge beef with institutionalized sexism.
But then, little, by little, my small corner of the internet began to evolve.
Sure, I still wrote about issues near and dear to my heart (I don’t think I could stop even if I tried.)
However, I also started to write about other things – my relationship with the brilliant man whom I share my heart and home; our kitty cat who rules the roost; and my travels both near and far, new and old.
I began sharing pieces of fiction and poems.
My tricky relationship with the fashion industry has been well documented (as have the very good and very bad pieces I’ve stumbled across whilst playing dress-up on my lunch breaks.)
I’ve written about my past struggles with eating disorders and an experience from my youth that has left me scarred, but not broken.
I’ve written about my rocky relationship with hockey and my slow-building courtship with soccer.
In April I was Freshly Pressed and it was pretty much the COOLEST THING EVER.
There were days that I was so tired coming home from work that I cried.
But I also drooled on the metro.
I made pea soup and I cooked breakfast for dinner.
I hiked a mountain in California, and came third in my third ever half-marathon.
I was a Tough Mudder.
I took on the “I don’t watch TV” crowd.
I laughed a lot.
It has been simply smashing.
So what have I learned from this brilliant experience? What do I take away from three hundred and sixty-five days of blogging?
Well, the first thing is that I am darn proud of my little R&R.
On day one I swore to myself that I would write three times a week, no excuses.
At first it was hard – I wanted each piece to be INTELLIGENT, and THOUGHT PROVOKING.
But then I just started to sit back and let it flow. I made sure not to force any one post into being something that it wasn’t – that it couldn’t be.
Looking back, there were some weeks where I wrote four, even five posts – not because I felt like I had to, but because I was inspired, and passionate, and excited, and so so happy to feel my fingers a-tap-tapping, flying across the keyboard, just trying to keep up to the pace of my frantic thoughts that were just spilling out of my head, onto the desk, and all over the floor.
I’ve learned that pictures and media are a good way of adding colour to your blog (no pun intended).
(Or just to drive home the point of how truly bonkers you really are.)
I’ve learned that spam bots will leave comments that leave me breathless from laughter, and that real life people will leave comments that melt my heart into a puddle of mush.
(This is a good thing.)
But it the end, what I first and foremost take away from this crazy year of blogging is the opportunity to make my way through the remarkable WordPress community, read some outstanding blogs, and get to know some truly phenomenal people.
To all of my brilliant and beautiful blog friends, I wouldn’t want to do this without you.
You make me laugh at your fantastic wit.
You make me cry with your profound prose.
You make me fall in love with your children and your pets.
You make me jealous of all your amazing fashion pieces, and your delicate eyes for mixing and patching different patterns and palates.
You make me run faster, and work out harder.
You make me marvel at your art, your photography, your writing.
You make me want to be a better blogger.
You make me want to be better.
So thank you. Thank you all.
Here’s to another year of blogging.
So everyone buckle up – here come the terrible twos.
42 thoughts on “A year of ranting and rolling”
Looking forward to your tantrums!
YOU WANT TANTRUMS? YOU CAN’T HANDLE MY TANTRUMS!!!
In all seriousness, I am super glad to have met you and always enjoy reading your posts/insights. You are good people Versi.
Right back at you!
Happy blogger-versary Eth! I didn’t know we were the same age (in blog years)!…. I’m very happy I found you. I always enjoy reading your posts, even if I don’t comment or like (if I am pressed for time I read them in via my email…) Hugs and smooches! Here’s to many many more!
I am so happy to have found you too! It’s always nice to have someone your age with whom you can relate :) Thank you so much for you lovely note – I look forward to another year of awesome blog friendship!
=) PS: ha ha I am so not your age… I’m 41
Ok I’m an idiot who can’t remember her blog comments from one day to the next. :) please disregard my “age” comment!
No worries! You will always rock my socks at whatever age :)
Congrats – loving your blog, so keep it going – here’s to the Next Adventures!!! Happy Monday:)
Thank you so much Ms. R! It’s amazing folks like you that inspire me everyday. :)
Happy One-year! Your rants (and photos!) are quite enjoyable, and you make a fabulous Emperor Palpatine.
This may be the best thing anyone has ever said to me. I regret not purchasing my Master’s robes – at least then I would always have a Halloween costume right?
And thank you so much! :)
LOve you happy one year!!!!! So very proud of you V.
Thanks sista! If only we could go for a drive to the airport, or maybe North Vancouver for some Tim Hortons to celebrate!
Happy blog birthday!!! This is something to celebrate! I’m so grateful you started this blog, that I was able to “meet” you and the friendship we’ve shared. Your blog is a happy rest during my mornings and you’ve brought so many smiles and laughs, I’ve lost count. You’ve accomplished and documented so much over the last year, it’s amazing to look back! :)
So I raise my mug of coffee to another year of your fab photos, fun rants, heartwarming posts. Love you bunches, Ethel!!
Audrey! My sister from another mister :) I feel exactly the same way – I am so lucky to have had the chance to get to know you through your blog. You are such an inspiration and your words never fail to brighten my day. I cannot wait for the day that we actually have the chance to meet up (although the space-time continuum might fall in on itself!)
I am so very happy to have met you. So. Very. Happy.
Keep dancing, sister (and mudding, and marathoning, and photographing, and cooking, and shopping, and getting new hairdos…. but, most of all, keep writing)!
I feel the exact same way! I love reading your writing – it is funny, poignant, biting, and brilliant!
I will keep writing, but you must promise to do the same!
Just try and stop me! LOL!
Happy birthday, Rant and Roll. Here’s to another beautiful year of rocking my socks off.
Thank you Ms. Kacy! I am so glad to have found your blog. You knock my socks off in equal measure. :)
Happy blogoversary! Your posts always make my lunch break a lot more enjoyable >_<. Keep on ranting and rolling!
Thank you so very much! I am glad to know I can brighten up a lunch or two :) And I definitely will!
Happy blog anniversary! I’m so proud of you :D
And thank you for highlighting some posts I missed :)
Looking forward to many more great posts.
Thanks beauty cat! Your support means more to me than I can say. :)
Happy one year, Ethel. I’m a newbie to the blogging world, but right from the get-go your blog has been a favorite of mine and an inspiration. You do great things here. Your blog is what mine wants to be when it grows up.
Looking forward to the next hundred and eighty-odd posts! (And yes, the odd ones are great too!)
Thank you so much! This comment put a huge smile on my wacko face. I’m sure that there will be a number of oddball posts in my future.
I too love reading your blog. I’m glad to have found a fellow Canuck who embraces the funny with the weird!
Can’t wait for year 2, as I love your writing and always enjoy reading your blog!
Thanks so much! The feeling is mutual :)
Happy anniversary! I love your rants, keep on rolling!
Thanks Liz! I will do my very best :)
Congrats, my dear blogging friend. I enjoy reading your blog and look forward to new posts…and I’m so glad to have found a fellow writing friend, even though we only talk over WordPress! :)
Here’s to many more years of blogging.
Thanks sweets! I too am so glad to have met you! I always enjoy reading your posts and look forward to many more :) Internet friends FTW!
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& i was touched and (azzz yoooz-yoo uhl) Mpresst how kwicklee you responded to my “are you a trust funder? do you work?!”
Haha, thanks! I wish I had a big ol’ trust fund to dip into every now and then…
I am so thankful that I happened to spot your Freshly pressed gym rant on the first day I opened WordPress! My life would be less fresh without your bounding spirit and gritty bravery and frankly fruit-loopy goofiness. Here’s to the next year’s bloggy goodness! xx
Meep! This makes my heart smile like a nutter. I too am so so glad to have had the opportunity to get to know you and read all about your highland game exploits. You never, ever fail to bring the mad lols and huge grins. To another year!
What a milestone! Congrats and keep your fingers tap-tapping and words a flowing because we love to read them! Cheers!
Thanks you so much Miss! I too look forward to another year of reading about your adventures :)