It’s my blogoversary.

It's my second blogoversary. It's also a time when many of us look back and evaluate the previous year.

In all honesty (which I suppose is the purpose of this blog), 2010 was a stagnant year. Maybe it was a transitional year.

It was the year that Five started school, which was a more difficult transition—for me—than I anticipated.

I started off my blogging year with a cracker of a post about my crumbling marriage. (Dead End.)

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Then I joked about using my blog for therapy. (Where am I going with this blog?) And I tried to find an audience for my neurotic navel-gazing. (I need some street cred.)

I began to despair about the possibility of making any lasting friendships in the village. (Notes from a country bumpkin.)

Eventually I realized that airing one’s dirty laundry is a faux pas. (I’m tired of people raising their eyebrows at me.)

In August my friend Suzy gave me a body makeover, which I showed off in her sidebar.

In August I also participated in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). I wrote 31 posts in 31 days!

And I ruffled some feathers whilst on my soapbox. (Clean, green New Zealand. Yeah, right. and How tolerant is America?)

I had my first (and probably only) giveaway. (Spring has sprung and a giveaway.)

I started a tumblr, and I wrote a novel for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

I joined in my friend Neil's Fifth Annual Blogger Christmalhijrahanukwanzaakah Concert, which did make me feel like a part of a larger community.

Thank you Suzy and Neil, for making me laugh and for your good advice. Thank you to Lisa and Jayne for continuing to inspire me with your replies and e-mails.

And thank you to my mother, Sweet Jane, Aliceson, The Empress, Madame DeFarge, TechnoBabe, and Happy Frog and I for your comments and e-mails.

Thank you to everyone for reading, and thank you for your comments. And a special thanks to a couple others—you know who you are—who have supported me in difficult times. It means a lot to me.

As 2010 draws to a close, I'm noticing a different side of New Zealand. It's a place from which many Kiwis long to escape—because of its remoteness, its provincialism, its lack of opportunity.

Despite the beautiful setting and the friendliness of the people, I do feel isolated and lonely here. I don't know if I can build "real" friendships in this village, or online.

I thought that I had found my purpose in blogging—to make friends—but it seems that most "normal" people want to separate their online friends from their "real" relationships. In time I too will treat my blog more like a column (instead of like a therapy session, or a chain letter to my pen pals).

In the beginning of the year, I wanted more "tiny heads" in my sidebar. Now I care less about the number of followers that I have. Sure, it would be wonderful to have 300 followers.

But I read some excellent blogs that are largely unknown. And sometimes I read "popular" blogs that have inexplicably large followings. I am more convinced than ever that the world is simply absurd.

Happy Holidays to everyone. Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2011.


Nik said...

Congrats on the anniversary!

lisahgolden said...

Thank you for the link. I've found that it's quality over quantity when it comes to blog friends. And I've made some truly good friends via the medium. Speaking of which, I need to stalk you more on Facebook.

I look forward to reading more of your posts in 2011. Maybe we can all feel a little less isolated.

Happy Blogaversary, Juli.

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uncouthheathen said...

YOYOYO - Happy Blogiversary! :) Woot! Woot!

Caffeinated Weka said...

Happy Blogiversary!! Here's to another great year of blogging. I knew you'd come around with the followers thing. ;-)

Suzy said...

Happy Blogoversary!! You're on your way to hating yours as much as I hate mine!!

Is this year over yet?

Neil said...

Hoping 2011 is a year of personal and writing growth and success for you.

Happy Frog and I said...

Hi Juli, happy blog anniversary. I've got my first coming up on New Year's Eve. I love your blog as you know.

If I ever get out to NZ again I will definitely pop over and visit. x

Aliceson said...

WooHoo! You survived another year! Wishing you a very Happy New Year with filled lots of blog material. :)

CiCi said...

You have had a busy time and lots of achievements. During all the other things in your life you kept up with your blog. Congrats on your blogoversary.

PaisleyJade said...

Congratulations on your anniversary - here's hoping that 2011 brings heaps of great true friends - online and offline. xoxo

Jenny @ Practically Perfect... said...

Happy {belated} blogoversary :-) I'm glad that I found your blog and get to read a little bit about what life is like in your part of New Zealand. Thanks for sharing!