Or maybe just a day that shall live in narcissistic mediocrity.
Either way, it was ten years ago today that I took leave of my senses, put together a few strings of copied HTML code with some chewing gum and chicken wire, and started this blog - which even back then had the glorious name of The Misadventures Of Super Librarian. I rambled a lot in the early days, flitting from topic to topic, not really having a strong focus with my blogging. These days I think there's too much "pressure" to have a focus - which always makes me feel sorry for newer bloggers. It was kind of fun to muck around on my own, fumble around in the dark like a teenage boy with his first girlfriend in the back seat of his father's car, basically throwing up things on my own Internet wall to see what would stick (and for how long). I have ten years of "content" on this blog now. Ten years of posts that are not very good, are sort of OK, and others that are so frackin' amazing I wonder what good drugs I was on so I could repeat the cocktail.
I started this blog in Michigan, moved to California, and it's seen me through ups and downs in both my professional and personal life. This blog has kept me relatively sane and it gave me something that was wholly mine. It gave me an outlet. It gave me a "place" before social media really took off (I'm not counting MySpace because holy mother of God, MySpace was a dumpster fire). And to this day it's a little shocking to me that this blog, this thing I started on a lark because hey, Rosario and Laurie are doing it, so why can't I do it too?, has turned into something that has given me way more than I ever really put into it.
I came home from work last week, feeling a little - out of sorts I guess. My Man was already home from his day job, and I sat next to him, put my head on his shoulder and said something along the lines of "I'm still a good librarian....." He said to me, "Hell Wendy, you were Librarian Of The Year - that's all anybody should ever need to know to realize you're a 'good librarian'."
This blog got me Librarian Of The Year. It really did. I may have gotten it on my own eventually. I reviewed over at The Romance Reader from 1999-2007. Over the years I've worked with several authors on library-related to-dos. But really, it was this blog. It's how anybody within the romance spectrum who knows me? Yeah, knows me. It's also how and why I've had some great opportunities come my way over the years. I'm always a little tickled when anybody asks me to be a part of something - another blog, a project, a speaking opportunity. Usually my first reaction after dumbfounded flattery is, "Seriously, have they read the mess that is my blog?"
The kicker? They have. And they still ask me.
Honestly, it's a kick in the pants is what it is. But you know what? As great as a lot of that stuff has been, the best part about blogging has been the people I've met - either online or in person - over the last ten years. I have met so many awesome women. Friendships that I never would have made otherwise if it weren't for this bizarre hobby of mine of blathering online about romance novels. I've met awesome people from all over the country and even some readers from all over the world. We shared our mutual love of westerns and category romance and smart erotica. We went on rants about too-stupid-to-live heroines and whatever bizarre plot conflict pet peeves we have. This blog opened up a whole other world for me. This blog showed me other women, out there, who were, on one hand, like me but on the other? Maybe very, very different. I've met people who I suspect are my long lost twin and other people where we have zero in common - outside of romance novels. And I love every single one of you.
I started this blog on a lark and I'd still probably blog even if people stopped reading it tomorrow. But you know what? This blog is a helluva lot more fun because you're all here, with me, and we're all sharing in something that we truly love - romance novels. Yes critics, "silly," "fluffy," "trite," romance novels. And you know what? We didn't ask you anyway, and I'm still a "good librarian."
I toyed with the idea of doing something "special" to "honor" (however dubious it may be....) the occasion of my blog's tenth birthday. In the end, I got nothing. So instead I thought it would be fun to open up the floor for comments. Regulars, lurkers, newbies, swing on by - leave a comment. Share something with us all. When you started reading this blog, where you like to hang out online, hell - maybe you've read a great book lately? Ladies, you have the floor.....