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.
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 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.