My 2nd Blogiversary

Posted by: ST on October 2, 2005 at 4:32 pm

Monday October 3 will officially mark my two year venture into the blogosphere. 

I started out blogging via  Blogger/Blogspot.com.  The web address that time was prezeedente.blogspot.com (which, if you visit, automatically brings you here now).  My first post as a blogger was on the Rush Limbaugh/Donavan McNabb ‘controversy,’  an ‘issue’ which was much ado about nothing (and incidentally, yet another example of a Republican talking about race issues and being blasted because of it) under close examination, similar to the Bill Bennett "controversy" we are reading about today. 

Liberal media bias combined with Democratic hypocrisy on any number of issues, along with my passion about conservatism were the big reasons I started blogging.  The blogger I read most at that time prior to my starting my own was Andrew Sullivan.  I no longer read Andrew’s blog, but I do give him some of the credit for inspiring me to start blogging about the issues.

For the first ten months of blogging – which I did on blogspot - I didn’t know that much about  how to run a successful blog.  I had the trackbacks and comments features via Haloscan but I rarely got comments and never got trackbacks.  I don’t think I sent a single trackback those first ten months, either.  In fact, I don’t think hardly anyone knew I existed.  I decided to go for a more polished look with a domain name in August of 2004 with the help of Lisa at Elegant Webscapes and I’m so glad I did.  I can’t tell you what having a domain name and a new look did for me in terms of really wanting to turn this into a successful blog.

Even after getting the domain name and new designs, though, I still didn’t know my way around the blogosphere that well and had a series of ups and downs for the first half of my second  year – where I was considering whether or not I should continue blogging at all.  There were time issues involved and not only that, but I think about 20-40 people were visiting here a day and it was making me wonder if this was something I really wanted to do.  It wasn’t until June of this year that I finally decided that this was something I wanted to continue to do, because whether I had 20 readers or 20,000, I was blogging about what I felt was important and if only 20 people found it important, that was ok too.  That’s one of the things you learn over time when you blog: if you blog based only on what you think others want to read rather than what you think is important, you might as well get out of it. 

So with that decision in mind, I’ve gone forward and had a great summer of blogging and good start to the fall.  I’ve got a good group of readers and commenters here who I enjoy conversing with, even if I don’t have as much time to do that as I used to.  And though I know there is some hate out there in the blogosphere directed towards this blog, it’s miniscule compared to the volume of hate mail that some bloggers receive.  The hate email and hateful comments I have received as a result of starting this blog are few and far in between, and those I do receive only add fuel to my fire and desire to continue doing what I love to do and that is to write about the issues, and give my opinion on them. 

Thanks to all of you who have helped in making this blog a success.  Here’s to another year of passionate discussions about the issues … I’m sure there will be many :)

Monday Update: Wow – Captain Ed’s 2 year blogiversary is on the same day as mine.  Here’s to many more, Ed!

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    1. Lorica says:

      Let me be the first of many that say, Thank you Sister. I cannot tell you how happy I am that one day I clicked on a link to this webpage. You have a wonderful blog which you do an excellent job of running. You are a very precious person, and it is my great honor to know you and hear what you have to say. God Bless you every day from now until Eternity Dear. Always – Lorica

    2. Denise says:

      Happy Blogiversary! Some folks rely on the MSM for their news information. I rely on you! I’m forever grateful that I found your site. I feel well-informed upon leaving your page multiple times a day. Not only are you a wealth of information, you are a kind soul.

      Here’s wishing you another year of success. I, for one, am soooo glad you decided to go full force with your blogging!!!

      -Denise

    3. Steven says:

      Dear Sister Toldjah, just wanted to say congrats on your anniversary. I recently discovered your blog (via AceOfSpades, I think) and enjoy it a lot. We have similar backgrounds as I am also a semi-lapsed Democrat (I mostly vote GOP now, but keep the ‘Dem’ regis card mainly just to annoy the donkeyheads).

      One question however, with respect… why do you no longer read Sullivan? I know Ace mocks/derides him for his (hyper-overwrought?) disagreements with the Bush Admin over Abu Gharib, gay rights, etc., but after reading some of his posts, he seems– to my ‘centrist’ viewpoint– exactly the secret weapon the GOP needs to rhetorically nuke the donkeys off the map: a sensible, anti-terrorist, pro-Iraq, pro-civil rights individual who nevertheless loves America and believes in good ol’ RIGHT and WRONG. Maybe I’m missing something, but I just don’t think he’s traveled that far off the reservation.

      PS. Apologies for being so forward…but since others have mentioned it, I will too… you are GORGEOUS!! I wish you lived here in the southern California (Long Beach) area…I would love to meet and treat you to a fun, classy evening if you’re ever out here.

      Anyhoo… just wanted say thanks for your fantastic site and wish you many years of successful blogging. Thanks for letting me blab on so long…

      STEVE
      Lakewood, California
      (the real-life 40-year old virgin!) :cool:

    4. Rob says:

      Two years! Congrats. Your blog is nearly as old as mine. For some reason I didn’t think you’d been doing it that long, which seemed odd because you do it so well. Now I know why, you have plenty of experience.

      Keep up the good work.

    5. Thanks for the kind words, ya’ll!

      Steven, to answer your question, I don’t read AS anymore because he’s gotten more and more like a one note Willy lately, and blames everything wrong in the world on the religious right, it seems. After a while, that gets rather tiresome. He’s been this way ever since the President made the call for a Constitutional Amendment stating marriage as being made of one man and one woman. I really did enjoy reading his commentary at his blog before that, even though some of it I disagreed with.

    6. Bachbone says:

      Kudos on lasting and being strong enough to put up with the cretinous personal attacks. Such flaming finally drove some good bloggers (e.g., Michelle Malkin) to drop comments, and syndicated columnists (e.g., John Leo)to drop his e-mail address, altogether.

      I like Donald Sensing’s method of handling the nutcases who usually want only to see their name or advertise their own blog. As long as commenters disagree with what he said in a reasonable manner (with no profanity), he posts their resposnes. But he deletes personal attacks and off topic comments. As he says, why pay for someone else’s use of his bandwidth for that?

      Hang tough, Sistah!

    7. “I like Donald Sensing’s method of handling the nutcases who usually want only to see their name or advertise their own blog. As long as commenters disagree with what he said in a reasonable manner (with no profanity), he posts their resposnes. But he deletes personal attacks and off topic comments. As he says, why pay for someone else’s use of his bandwidth for that? ”

      Exactly! That’s pretty much my philosophy, too.

    8. Jason Smith says:

      Congrats on 2 years! Proving quality and quantity can co-exist!

    9. Evon says:

      Congratulations and thanks for a blog well worth reading.

    10. LCVRWC says:

      S.T., it’s always a pleasure to read what you’ve written, and I wish you many more years of succesful blogging!

    11. ST does her best Elvis impression: “thank ya, thank ya veruh much”

      :mrgreen:

    12. Mike says:

      Hey Sister,

      Thanks for the great post and the story of your blogging experience. Sounds a lot like mine. :???:

      I still haven’t quite made it into the minor leagues yet, but every success story like yours gives me a little more hope.

      Congrats,

      Mike

    13. Jack Yoest says:

      Say Sister! Congratulations on two years! We pray for many more for you — Is there a “terrible twos” for bloggers?

      We owe you,
      Jack and Charmaine

    14. Jack Deth says:

      Happy Blogiversary, Sistertoldjah!:smile:

      Hope you’re feeling better. Stay bundled up with lots of tea and juice.

      Jack.

    15. Mike: Thanks! Keep plugging away! It’ll happen. Just remember to blog about what you enjoy blogging about and do it well and often.

      Jack and Charmaine: Haha on the terrible twos! So far so good on the second year :) Thanks for your well wishes and keep up the good work on your respective blogs :)

      Jack Deth: Doin’ much better now, Jack – thanks :) Amazing what Tylenol and a good rest does for you!