This day in history

I remember that day. St. Paddy’s Day, 2007. Yes, a magical day by all accounts.

No leprechauns leaped. No green beer was guzzled. No four-leaf clovers were molested.

But I did have the luck of the Irish : wink :

It was on this date, two years ago, that Oh Fair New Mexico breathed its first blog post.

It was The Good Man who first suggested the theme for my blog. He went with the “write what you know” angle, and it worked. Ok, more often than not, this blog is my personal ramblings and not really NM related, but that’s ok too. I took the idea and ran with it, as they say.

I’d wanted to write a blog for the discipline of writing something every day. I wanted more than an extensive journal rat-a-tapped in Word and kept on my hard drive. I wanted a place to publicly air my thoughts and twisted ideas.

I remember in the beginning, I timidly sent Avelino Maestas an email asking for advice. His blog seemed so freaking cool, what with his gorgeous photographs interspersed with is his witty, smart writing. I had NO idea how to blog, and Avelino very kindly gave me some pointers and encouragement and then out of the nest I fell to test my own ideas.

So here I am at 532 blog posts later and I think my wings are getting a bit stronger.

My work as a writer has increased IMMENSELY because of the discipline of writing this blog every weekday. Some days I cramp up for ideas and then I force myself to write something anyway, even if it’s terrible. Some days, I have more ideas than I can put down in writing.

Often, my loving husband (who was but a boyfriend when this whole thing began) will say, “I can’t believe you blogged about that” (most recent example was about the toilets at a restaurant we visited).

Occasionally I have blogged about something that hits me on a very deep emotional level, and I know that maybe no one wants to hear me, but I have to say it anyway.

Once or twice I’ve even gotten political.

My most popular post thus far caught me off guard. I wrote it for me, the melancholy of a NM ex-pat longing for home at the holidays. But it evidently struck a chord with some of the folks back home, too.

So I continue on with my blog. It’s for me. It’s for you. It’s for New Mexico. Each year I go through the agony of missing where I come from and reconciling to where I live now. The ebb and flow of life.

For all the folks who give me a read now and then, thank you. I actually cannot properly express my gratitude. As someone trying very hard to make a go as a writer, any pair of eyes on anything I write is a genuine gift.

I realize that these sort of blogiversary posts are rather self-congratulatory. Heck, in the midst of all the rejection letters I get from publishers..if I don’t pat my ownself on the back, who else is gonna do it for me?

By the way…The Good Man has promised me a dinner at a really nice restaurant when I get 100 visitors in one day on this blog. The closest I’ve come is 88. So my goal in the third year of blogging is to finally collect on that dinner! I know ya’ll can help me with my cause!

Meanwhile, Oh Fair New Mexico, you still sing a song in my heart. You and me, we are one. Thanks for the inspiration and for my humble beginnings.

Cheers to the next 500 posts!

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  • Natalie

    Congrats! I love reading your blog and know I can always count on you (bloglines, not so much) for a consistently good, daily read.

    So, thank you for the last two years. It’s been a pleasure!

  • Avelino

    Though we’ve never met, you and Kathy (all the way over in England) have been kindred spirits for me – folk who are New Mexicans struggling with detachment from the Land of Enchantment.

    Karen, you’ve got this great thing going: the site isn’t flashy and there’s no fancy widgets or doodahs. Just clear, thoughtful writing that is obviously rooted in your passion for life.

    So, congratulations to you on your second blogiversary!

  • dave bonner

    In this post, written twenty six-months ago, you are looking for a hundred visitors but had topped at eighty-eight. May I ask what your numbers are like here in May of 2011?

    I should get some sort of award. I read slow. I started in March of 2007 and have read, from the bottom of the page upwards, every post for every month. This is Thursday; I started Sunday or Monday and am only half way through. Don’t let it go you your head! You aint all THAT interesting…. or funny. I am just obsessive compulsive and don’t like to get beat.

    You are interesting and occasionally humorous. And you do it from a female perspective without getting too mellow dramatic and “poor miss girly girl’. And I like the corporate world middle management aspect. I didn’t go that way. I elected to be a truck driver and now a minor slum-lord. I have a lot of curiosity about the ways of the world I drove away from.

    A suggestion: you could do a bit better about finishing up topics you open up. For instance…I read in Dec 08 or so that you were eating crabs again. So what ever happened to the oil spill and the crabbers? I don’t do tv any more but I watched ‘Deadliest Catch’ while me mum was trying to croak. You could have shown pictures of the ‘Crab Pots’ you mentioned in 2007 so we could see if they look the same.

    All in all… nice writing. I hope you find the fame and fortune you desire in writing and move back to DA county and write best sellers.


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