I can’t believe it folks but as I sit here I am writing the 100th post of this blog, our blog, started in June 2010 at the urging of my twin sister. I think that’s super exciting!! Break out the champagne. It’s our centennial…where’s the balloon drop??
It’s taken almost 21 months of each one of us posting every Sunday to get to this point. I can still remember the early morning drive to the Raleigh airport in March 2010. I’d been visiting Oami in celebration of our birthday and I was on my way to catch my return flight to California. It was still dark out and rain was beating down when my sister brought up the idea to me: a weekly, bi-coastal ‘conversation’ between us in the form of a blog. “Blog?…” I said sleepily, “What’s that?”.
I should take a moment here to praise my sister and her deft design and organizational skills for taking on the behind-the-scenes work of researching our choices, setting us up on WordPress and putting the whole blog-thing together. Sounds simple enough to some of you but for me I’m like a deer in the headlights with this stuff (as evidenced by my reluctance to start a spin-off gardening blog despite repeated requests from y’all. I’m always like, “oh, I don’t know how to do that”).
In the beginning I couldn’t even figure out how to insert images or manipulate them if I wanted to show two side by side. Like a true troglodyte, I would email the pictures to my sis in North Carolina and she would add them into the post for me….duh. We are a little more streamlined than that now, and for the most part I don’t have to sit on the phone every other Sunday with Oami patiently acting as tech support. It’s only taken me 50 posts to get there people!
We acknowledged our one year anniversary in this post last July but still we weren’t up to # 100. For some reason 100 seems like a BIG deal. One hundred is a regularly honored cultural milestone as we know; a century, a centennial, a natural stopping point to stop and take stock. According to our friend Wikipedia, 100 is significant in many ways from being the number of Senators in the U.S. Senate, the emergency phone number for the police in Greece, Israel, India and Nepal, as well as being the number of episodes a television series generally needs to be considered viable for syndication. Yoo-hoo, Mr. Television Producer, we’re ready for our close-up!
But one hundred can also be seen as a small amount, if for instance you are this guy who blogs about the process of whittling his personal possessions down to just 100 things. Thinking of 100 in that light it doesn’t seem like much at all. Just a fraction really of all the posts that could be written. Merely a beginning if your goals are lofty and involve coffee-table books, merchandising tie-ins and movie rights, as mine do.
Talking on the phone to my sister/co-creator about this newest milestone I remarked to her that I had heard somewhere that it takes doing something 21 times consecutively for it to become a habit. She told me that she’d heard that one is considered a master at something once they have done that thing 10,000 times. So here we are today somewhere between a habit and mastery, still going strong.
Does this 100th post represent a completion of some kind? ( job well done, we became bloggers). Or does it mark the beginning of a new era? If we go to 200 posts we’ll be writing to you from early 2014 and who knows what any of us will be up to by then??
On this particular Sunday we’d like to appeal to you and your opinions, dear readers and friends. We want to hear your voices. The biggest thrill of this whole experience has been knowing that people actually read this thing. Some are devoted fans who check in diligently each week (thanks Dad!) while others of you may just drop in once and a while just to see what’s new..and that’s great too! I love it when someone unexpected stops me in the supermarket and says, “I’ve been reading your blog” or the other day when a mama-friend at school came up to me and proclaimed “I read it out loud to my husband and we laughed and laughed”. Nothing could be more satsifying. Really.
So today is the today. If you’ve commented before, please do so again and tell us what you’ve liked (or didn’t like, but be gentle). Is there something you would like to see us cover in the future? If you are a usually-silent reader, now is your chance! We would love to hear from you, is there anything special that keeps you coming back? And if you just happened to have stumbled across us for the first time today, Welcome (you’ve got alot to catch up on, 99 posts to be exact!).
Me, I’m off to put up my feet and rest these blogging fingers, and maybe scrounge up a glass of that alleged champagne…