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Ripping out my soul for your entertainment… examining my first year of blogging.

Before my Craigslist–mirror went viral, I’d decided that it was sheer foolishness to have ever thought I would make a dent in the internet.

In fact, if I had any sense at all, I would have quit blogging around six months.

Six months is what separates the sensible people— who go back to their lives.
From the total lunatics— who decide to double down.

Somewhere here, I more than doubled down.

I pushed all my chips in.
I borrowed money from the mob.
I started snorting cocaine in the high-roller suites and set fire to the drapes.

Somewhere here I stopped feeling like a writer.
Or a doer of house projects.
Or a researcher of toilets.

I turned into a version of myself that I had never met– someone who would do WHATEVER IT TAKES. To get people to read my blog.

The word that comes to mind is hustler.

The story of how my blog got popular, the frustration beforehand, and how I got people to read my blog.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

My people… If I could lock you in my basement, I would.

I have never once in my entire life done anything practical.

I have spent 36 years wearing a superhero cape and telling people I have magical powers.

I have leaped off more buildings than I can count.
Screaming—I’M SUPERMAN.
And then crashing into the pavement.

It has given me all kinds of problems.
Not to mention whiplash.

And also the realization that I lack the gene to learn from my mistakes.
In its place, I got an extra gene.  Of self-delusion.
The ability to cling to an idea regardless of reality.

Q:  Where did Rocky get the Kingdom mirror?  
Rocky does clean-outs.  It was in a storage unit.  

A story about a giant mirror, and Craigslist, and how much I LOVE you people. Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

One year of blogging – Tech tips, advice… things I did horribly wrong, Part 1.

In mid-April, I will have been blogging for an entire year…

An entire year of staring at my computer and thinking of YOU.
My readers.
You strangers…

Everyday, all the time… thinking how I can entertain you.
Thinking of how I can make sure you NEVER LEAVE ME.

And?  Frankly?
That’s been pretty exhausting.

I had planned for the one-year mark to be the point at which I could STOP thinking about you… And instead, think about the fact that now I was famous.

Tips for bloggers, how to improve your blog.

Yet another plan, gone awry.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.