Woa, Nelly -- pop corks: one year ago today I launched my little blog-boat unto the vast sea of teeming cyberspace, and incredibly enough it's still afloat.
178 posts and 1450 comments later, still nattering on, I'm just grateful that some fellow travelers found me who care enough to literally give me the time of day.
This is the primary wonder of it all: I've encountered so many friendly funny people, a bunch of which I think I can rightfully call friends. Even though in most cases we've never actually met.
Quite the variety, too: from Austin, Texas JJ, the Purgatorian -- one of my earliest "regulars" and still a stalwart support, cracking me and you up on a weekly basis -- to more recent regular ranter Markensparklefarkle, who had been a friendly but distant old friend of mine from Back in the Day... yet due to this blog now feels like one of my closest contemporary companions. I'd like to thank (along with the Academy) and name each of you intimate strangers (the 17 year-old Brazilian rocker, Our Woman in Alaska, all the Europeans and evidently a serious bilinguist in Japan, et al) but that's a bit much, isn't it?
And it's not as if we're going anywhere, are we? (Yes, I'm talking to you -- keep away from that Back button.) Yet I must note a shift re: the year to come.
I love writing these posts (though I'll never be able to second-guess the Living Rom-Com audience: invariably every time I write something that makes me think "they'll love this!" it's met with awesome indifference, while things I toss off thinking I'm in my own private Idaho garner 25 comments). But because I like to Do It Right, which in LRC terms means prose-honed mini-essays with photo and link bells-and-whistles aplenty, the work-load has become prohibitive, on top of the rest of my work -- i.e. liable to make my brain start leaking out my ears.
I love being an active part of this community (it's so cool that you can instantly shotput yourself, via comments, into various and sundry people's universes, and have them pop up in your own just as quickly). So I've been faithfully posting three times a week, with rare exception. Well, in Year 2, I gotta cut back to two. You don't mind, do you? Chances are good you don't really care, there being oh, another 40 million + blogs that'll take up the slack.
I know, I know, he who posts less loses readers, it's one of the grim Laws of Blogdom (and I know that this blogoversary take-stock-and-reconfigure bit, including the old "I thought about ending it but I just can't quit you" moment, is an obligatory Blogging Stage, as predictable as the Kubler-Ross 5 stages of grieving). But I'm gonna figure you folks are into quality over quantity.
Right? Hello...? Still here?
Anyway, as my little gift to those who have been with me and those who've just joined us, I have assembled the following Living the Romantic Comedy Index. Here, for quick and easy reference, are the most useful posts (according to you), a sort of "best of" a few categories covered here thus far (for personal faves, see the Clouds in My Coffee archives and the My Romance in Amsterdam serial on the sidebar), each category's links organized, natch, in most-recent to oldest order:
Writing Craft / The Writing Life
Rom-Com Screenwriting Craft & Reference
Finally, I extend an invite. Since these 80 posts (60 on subjects cited + 20 film reviews) represent only my own myopic sense of what's been working thus far, please do take this opportunity to tell me: what do you want to see more of? Less of? What might I be doing here that I haven't yet done (aside from ritual suicide)?
'Cause it's all about the love and the laughs here, and we aim to please.