September 16th, A Day That Will Live In Blogging Infamy.

Know what today is? Go ahead, think about it…I’ll wait.


Ok I’m done waiting, it’s my Blogiversary!

Yep, that’s right, one year ago today The Cubicle Views was born with this first post. It was actually a glorious Friday. OK, not really, it was like any other friggin day in the cube. A bright fluorescent-light shiny day with the typical cubicle din going on. Cubicle George was doing his usual stuff – arguing with a coworker about something they actually agreed about. WikiWally was running what appeared to be a seminar over the phone that had something to do with astrophysics. And, generally people had their talk volume knob on 11 (after all, it’s one louder than 10).

In this first year of The Cubicle Views, a lot has changed. For example…hmmm…well…OK so really the only thing that’s changed is that we’re all a year older. Pretty much everything in my little slice of cubicle heaven has stayed the same. Unfortunately.

I have, however, learned a lot in this year and I’d like to take a moment to celebrate the end of my blogging honeymoon by sharing with you at least some of the observations that have come to mind while blogging.

********

When I first thought about writing a blog, I was really worried about having enough material to keep it going and to keep people interested. Boy was that a misguided concern. Turns out that cube life has a tremendous amount of B.S. that makes for great (at least in my mind) topics. Shocking, I know.

A year later and here I am with this being my 122 post. Almost a post every 3 days. Nuts.

********

Oddly enough the concepts for my posts don’t actually come to me while in the office. Nope usually they come during my commute. Funny how much you can think of while spending anywhere from 1.5-2 hours a day (round trip) going to and from the office.

Heck even the commute itself spawned a post.

********

While the topics tend to flow pretty easy, I find the writing of an actual post rather time consuming. See when I write a post, I typically do it all in one fell swoop. I sit down and write. And, edit. And, edit. And, edit. That’s what makes it so time consuming for me – the editing. English class was never my strong suit – pretty sure that’s evident in my writing style (or lack thereof). Auto spell check and auto grammar check are two of my best writing friends. But, the real problem is the Type A perfectionist in me.

********

One of my biggest fears when starting the blog was what most people who write blogs probably think – Will people read this shit?

That first post had virtually no views. Not surprising given no one knew about this dude CV and his site. But, over time it has spread…not virally, more like a decent size puddle of maple syrup…slow, steady and oh so sweet. OK, very slow and mildly sweet (again in my opinion).

There have been days with not a single view on my site. And, the best day I’ve had was 231 views the day I posted The Anatomy of a Meeting.

As of this writing I’ve hit 10, 379 views. Mind…BLOWN!

********

The other fear I had, and still do have, when I started this blog was being outed. No I’m not gay…not that there’s anything wrong with that (said in my best Jerry Seinfeld voice). But, I am kinda in the closet. I write stories about work primarily. All of these stories are true. Yes, that does make them even more sad, doesn’t it? But, while I’ve obviously changed the names to protect the innocent assholes, I’m always worried about putting a little too much out there and having someone say, “Dude you are so that CV guy!”

So far, still comfortably in my closet.

********

Having said that, one of my dreams is that I’ll be hanging out with a friend, a coworker or ideally at a Starbucks and hear this, “Dude, you so have to read this guy called CV…he’s hilarious!”

Dare to dream.

********

Sure, writing this has been somewhat therapeutic for me, but I had always hoped that people would read it. Having people read and enjoy my posts is what makes me smile. Actually it’s more than that. Seeing that on any given day I have readers is very rewarding.

I’ve got some very loyal readers who have subscribed to the blog in one form or fashion. And, I thank you. That you readers might actually get some form of enjoyment out of this is what keeps me going.

********

The other thing that keeps me going is Comments. Dude, seriously, comments are like crack to bloggers. So addicting. So want more.

I had heard this concept of comments being like crack early on from some fellow blogger friends out there. However, similar to the – until you’ve had kids you don’t realize how rewarding they are (and a pain in the ass), until you’ve had comments you really can’t understand how rewarding they can be to a blogger.

********

Having readers and getting comments on my blog has made me read other’s blogs and comment on them more often. In my mind, that, is what I think is the viral nature of blogging.

I write. You read. You comment. I write again. I read. I comment. You right again.
The circle of blogging.

********

Earnest Hemingway said:

“Write drunk; edit sober.”

He had something there. Although, like anyone worth their salt, you learn from others and adapt to your needs. Thus, I tend to write drunk and edit drunker.
Again, I was far from an English major.

My drink of choice while writing is either a good red wine or a whiskey and Coke.
Side note – while there are good and bad red wines, there are no bad whiskey and Cokes.

********

Being read by others is great. Being recognized by others on their blog or via an award or being a featured writer is awesome.

I’ve been lucky enough to be a featured writer on Sudio30+, which is a great site for and of writers.

I’ve joined another community of writers with the folks over at A Nervous Tic Motion. Despite their better judgement they asked me to be one of their two token males. I think it’s all about balance really.

Also, I was featured on BlogHer as part of their spotlight. Holy crap! What an honor that was.

********

It’s been a pretty cool year overall. I’ve met (virtually anyway) some pretty cool people because of this little ol’ blog. And, I’ve read some really awesome stuff out there, because of this little ol’ blog.

I hope that going forward I can continue to bring you some of the stories that stem from Cell Block D (aka, the east wing of the second floor at my company’s office) that will make you laugh.
Oh, and make you comment as well.

Cheers to all of you. And, thanks for reading!

********

P.S. The traditional gift for one’s first year anniversary is paper. Somehow this just seemed appropriate.

Happy Blogiversary to The Cubicle Views.

Advertisements

About CubicleViews

Observations, thoughts & random bitching about cube life, food, beer, wine, whiskey and sometimes politics. Living the dream in a 6×8 doorless polyester walled cell.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

27 Responses to September 16th, A Day That Will Live In Blogging Infamy.

  1. Congratulation on your Blog anniversary! Time goes by fast. Every time I come visit I laugh so I am glad you keep it up.

    • CubicleViews says:

      Yes, time goes by fast…about as fast as laundry piles up. Thanks or the well wishes, I’m glad to have made you and others laugh and hope to continue it as we go down the industrial grade carpeted aisle way.

  2. stuffbymichele says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I promise to stop by more frequently and take the time to comment. You make living in the cubicle world bearable. Dude, you’re funny!

  3. So glad you decided to take pen to paper – er, um, keyboard to virtual screens worldwide? It’s been a great year reading your rants. English major or not, you’re a great writer and keep us all laughing. (Something we all need in the cube. Along with Jack spiked cokes in company mugs.) You speak the truth (sadly) but you’re one of my favorite bloggers.

    • CubicleViews says:

      As Gib’s buddy said in The Sure Thing: “You’re flunking English. That’s your mother tongue, and stuff.”
      I could’ve been Gib.

      PS in this case Gib is not one of the Bee Gee’s. I couldn’t have done that…my hair (head and chest wouldn’t have cut it).

  4. free penny press says:

    Well happiest of birthdays to the CV, the blog.. I can’t sing, wish I could but if I could it’d be like this:

  5. free penny press says:

    oops, fix my damn typo (blog not log..) I owe you a JD on the rocks 🙂

  6. workspousestory says:

    Congratulations! And I’ve just discovered how unprofessional I am – no drink of choice?! If anything it’s usually coffee -how boring – no cigarettes to spice things up even!

  7. nicki says:

    Happy bloggerversary…..so glad she introduced us. You’ve inspired me to lament my job less….blog and mock more

    Plus you were a first commentor (is that even a word? No….well run with it anyways) on my blog….you hold a special place in my um interwebs heart

    Keep on keeping on and entertaining the crap outta the rest of us

  8. *Bleep* says:

    Happy Blogversary! That’s awesome! Who knew that life in the cube would inspire thousands to stand up to tyranny. 🙂 Or, to just tweet about how shitty their bosses are.

  9. Lucie (UK) says:

    Yay!

    I keep up regular from the good ole UK. This post has prompted me to comment.

    Cubicles are not common in the UK, but I work in the equivalent – an open plan office. It’s amazing the parallels I see with what you write and the peeps I work with. People can be the most annoying teeth-on-edge part of working life. But on the other hand some of my colleagues are the funniest and make the whole day rock. Sometimes my cheeks hurt with laughing which is the best. We are not politically correct in here and some topics are probably potential lawsuit material!

    Keep it up C.V.

  10. Sorry kid your mom doesn't play well with others says:

    Happy blogiversary! I just found you… Read half your post from another site and went to read more and it took me to this post. First of all I love drunk writing, I do it fairly often myself! Second comments are like crack! I love interacting with my peeps… It’s nice to have friends live inside a computer, you’re never invited to ugly sweater parties forced to converse with unknown other people, you are never asked to babysit or have to uncomfortably decline a wedding invitation…I’m going to stalk your page after the kids are in bed

    • CubicleViews says:

      Awesome! Another great feature of having peeps inside the computer you never have to wear pants when interacting with them like you do when you are invited to their house. Awkward!

      Stalk away, but if I see you outside my house I’m expecting you to mow the lawn.

  11. Pingback: The Weekly TPS Report – Sept 21 | The Cubicle Views

  12. Jen says:

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!! How exciting! I just found you about twenty minutes ago via The Bearded Iris. In all honesty, I just wanted to look at your tomato (Sorry – I’m a shameless perv. Anything that compliments a tomato boner HAS to be awesome). But then I started poking around and figured that you deserve to be on my bookmark list. And also commented upon. Because you’re right. Comments are like crack. I just started my own little corner of crazy a month or so ago, and while I don’t have many comments yet, I giggle-pee every damn time I get one. Hopefully, people will continue to visit your site (and comment) so we can all wish you a Happy 2nd Blogiversary!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s