It’s kind of funny how WordPress has the option of letting us directly upload their handy little stats page, like they’re offering us an out from finishing Postaday2011 with a bang.
WELL, REJECTED, WORDPRESS. THIS IS GONNA BE LEGIT.
(But if you’re interested in my shiny, monkey-created stats page, it’s here.)
This year was an incredible whirlwind. I can’t believe that it’s been an entire year since I was sitting in this same chair with my same laptop, reading about this new idea called Postaday. It seemed like a brilliant challenge, to blog every day for a year. Something that would force me to write all the time. So I considered the idea for approximately two seconds before reblogging their pre-written acceptance form and throwing myself into what would turn out to be the most challenging task of 2011.
It wasn’t necessarily the writing that was hard, but the consistency. You don’t want to write? Do it anyway. Too much homework? Deal with it. On vacation? Better pre-write some posts, or just jack somebody’s WiFi. Nothing interesting to share? Find a good YouTube video, add some snarky commentary.
I make it sound like I was some fierce warrior princess, battling fatigue and risking life and limb to get my thoughts out to the world (or at least a few subscribers), but in reality I couldn’t have done it without the people that took charge when I was missing in action. Mercy and Olivia, you guys are the coolest, most incredible friends ever. When I left on hiatus, I had no expectations that anyone would notice, much less that people would step up and take over the blog for almost two months. It blew me away, and I don’t think I can ever thank you enough. I love you guys.
Huge thanks to Hope, Mom, and Dad as well. Not only did you guest post when I had too much homework, or fell asleep on the couch, but you stood by me every step of the way. In December when I told you that I was doing this crazy thing called Postaday, you didn’t laugh and tell me that it was a stupid idea. When I made the emotion-filled decision to quit blogging and discard Embracing Insanity altogether (due to other circumstances), you convinced me to wait it out and take a hiatus instead. I’m so glad that I didn’t throw in the towel, because it turns out that blogging had exactly the therapeutic effect that I was needing. When we went on vacation, you lent me your phone so I could blog, and every time I asked to go home from a party early so I could make my midnight deadline, you picked me up.
Another enormous inspiration, and the reason I kept writing through the year, were my blogging buddies and friends. Mike (and family), Faith, Anna, Mercy, Kirsten, Olivia, Bush, ZNZ, Titania, Nia, Seashell, Tangy, Katherine, Tigers Eyes, Mangoz—each and every one of you has made this year so awesome.
Anti-thanks (?) goes out to my teachers who gave, and continue to give, ridiculous amounts of homework. You made Postaday really, really hard.
Every time I think about how this is my last post of the year, and how tomorrow I can actually not blog, I get really emotional. (Watashi no baka ^.^)
WE ACTUALLY DID IT. WE ACTUALLY LLAMA’D DID IT. YOU, ME, EVERYBODY, WE ACTUALLY SURVIVED THIS JOURNEY.
Just so you know, you’re amazing. I’m so proud of you for sticking out a whole year! Here’s to 2012 and another epic blogging year! I’m so glad that you kept blogging 🙂
Happy New Years, and that’s an uber awesome accomplishment! Congrats, Aloha!
Congratulations! It was an honor to take over the blog for a few months.
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!! You go, Aloha!!! You did it, you did it, you did EET!!!! 😀 😀 I’m so proud of you! *picks Aloha up off the ground and swings her around her awesome blog* Happy new year, dear Aloha! May you have a superbly blessed one, as you continue to bless others through your blog! 😀
*reads stats* You got some of the most hits on your blog by people searching “llama”?! :rofl:
Glad to hear the old year was as cool as I know your new one will be!
I totally took the easy way out and posted the WordPress complilation/round-up of my blogging year today. I’m such a slacker *skips around the house happy with my laziness and the free time I got today*
I like your look back on the year much better! Thanks for sharing,
Congrats!! That is quite the achievement 😀 But look, you’ve made it and now you’ve got a brand new year to look forward to. And nice stat page by the way 🙂
Good job. Does this mean you won’t have any more new posts to read? That’s almost worse than the Armageddon you allude to so frequently.