A blog experiment by Brad Mills.


Happy blog anniversary

I started this blog exactly one year ago, making today my blog's anniversary. Hooray! I don't know what I'm supposed to do for the occasion, so I guess I'll have a couple of cookies and wear a funny hat.

By the way, which is it: blogiversary or blogoversary?

Up in the header area I refer to this as a blog experiment. Having been at it for one year now, can I still make that claim? I think so. I still make occasional tweaks to the software running behind the scenes here, a little at a time to minimize breakage. Just tonight, I added a url shortening feature (hover over the Twitter link at the end of this entry to see it — and hey, go ahead and click it if you want). I'm working on a medium-sized update right now as well, which will hopefully be fully tested and rolled out in a month or so. After that I should be done there for awhile. But from that end of it, it's definitely still experimental.

I'm also looking at Twitter and am considering putting something in place so the moment I finish an entry, it gets "tweeted" out to the world. This is despite saying earlier I didn't see the point of Twitter and probably would never use it. So yes, you can now follow @Weirdbook on Twitter. Please do — I'll be serving crow along the way.

But maybe the most experimental part is exposing the words I throw together to the entire world. Well, to the dozen or so people who read this blog, at least. It's a classic ongoing existential crisis. I believe there's a certain bravery in the act of exposure, and I admire bloggers and writers who do it in whatever degree. Some expose their entire souls, some pick and choose, and some confine themselves to certain topics and turn it into a more professional venture.

I don't claim to be a professional, at least not in that sense. Maybe one day. Rumor has it I have a few short stories floating around in a mostly-finished state, and another on a long-neglected back burner somewhere. Maybe I should blow the dust off these things and see what happens.

For now, though, I'm having fun — and I hope it's fun for everyone reading this right now too. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Thanks for reading.

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