I want to have a bloggerversary.

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Because over the years, everyone else has done it and I can’t remember if I ever did, aside from a few yearly posts saying “I’ve been blogging for X years now! Woohoo, me!”.

So, um, ja. This is my 795th blog post. I started blogging in August 2004, a few months after my daughter died. It was an emo blog if there ever was one. The saddest, dullest, most boringest blog on the internet, fact. Oh em gee, not even I could stand the writing, so I used to write it and publish it and go back a week later to read it. It was so bad, it was private. No public readers, whatsoever.

After joining up on an international chat site, I started a new blog and for the first time in my life, I let people read what I’d written. Rob Dashwood was my first ever commenter, with Australian Amy a very close second. She’s still with me today, and I her. Except she has fish on her blog header, so I don’t ever click on her actual blog and comment – I keep her words safely away tucked in my Google Reader.

My first South African commenter was Glugster and then HardSpear, I think. Angel came soon after that and she’s never left me, through rain or snow or even the blogging drought I seem to have every March, Angel has been there commenting away.

This was my first ever public blog post. I sincerely hope my writing has improved since then. Looking back, I didn’t realize at the time that this particular post would pave my future blog’s drive way. Humour. Who would’ve thought? I think it was the reaction I got from the original readers* that blew me away and made me realize something: I am much more likeable when funny. Which is kak for a blogger, actually. Because I’m not always funny. Being funny is hard. And the pressure! It’s unrealistic man. So I decided I can only be funny when I can be funny, which isn’t very often. So imagine my surprise when I was in the running for funniest South African blog a while ago…

I started writing when I was a little girl and although they were letters filled with spelling errors and no punctuation, my mom loved it. And she still does to this day; she’s my no. 1 reader. If I haven’t blogged I get a call asking why I haven’t blogged, when am I going to blog and can she check my blog to see if I’ve updated my blog (see what I mean? Pressure!).

Being a blogger has opened many a door for me. It’s first or foremostly allowed me to meet my current circle of friends: Cath, ExMi, Heidi, Angel, Megan, Briget, Bergen, The Two Richard’s, Justin and Jess.

I’ve laughed over my blog, I’ve been excited, I’ve fallen in love, I’ve fallen out of love and I’ve cried over my blog.

My blog has been hijacked, my blog has been stolen. My blog has changed servers, my blog has changed domains. It’s changed looks and it’s stayed the same.

My blog gave me NerdMag, it gave me Twitter. My blog gave me awards, votes, interviews, radio shows, other writing gigs and it’s given me a few jobs too, my current one included.

But most of all, my blog gave me Me. I don’t know who I would be if I wasn’t SheBee. It’s changed so much of my destiny, and affected many of my choices.

One last thing my blog has given me. You. All of you. Without you, days at previous jobs would’ve been dull. Nights when I couldn’t sleep would’ve been long. Days when I couldn’t smile would’ve been bleak. You guys have made me want to carry on with my blog.

So basically what I’m saying is, I may have written just short of 800 blog posts, but I guarantee you that 92% of them were written with you guys in mind.

I know I certainly have enjoyed the ride, I hope you have too.

*This was imported into my current blog post after my last one was hijacked, so it lost all its original comments. What a sad fact.

13 comments

  1. Amy says:

    Happy blogaversary! I just celebrated my 300th post on Blogger so i’m only a little way behind you :p
    Also, if i take the fish off my header, does that mean you’ll comment?

  2. ExMi says:

    you’re so gay. you with your parlotones and your snortcopter. still love you. despite the fact that you’re the gay-est person i know. xx

  3. AnaVar says:

    I like your blog! I check it once in a while and always find interesting reading. So – happy bloggerversary to you! Ana V.

  4. Angel says:

    Many MANY happy returns Shebeeliciousness darling!! Here’s to 800 or so more posts!!!
    Love your blog. Love it. Love you.

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