I missed my own damn blogiversary.
I always think of April 1 as the day I officially switched over from Pointless, Incessant Barking to Shapely Prose, but as that post shows, it was actually March 30, 2007. I have been doing this for a year and a day now.
Thank you SO FUCKING MUCH to all the Shapelings who have made this such an incredible community, and to Fillyjonk and Sweet Machine for raising the standard of discourse by a mile, even if they don’t swear quite enough for my tastes. A year ago, I sure as hell did not expect to see my name in a New York Times article and my face on the cover of a magazine, or to get an agent, let alone a book deal, within a year of starting to spout off about fat hatred. HOLY CRAP, Y’ALL. This blog has become so much bigger than me (and that’s saying something–*rimshot*), which is entirely thanks to the readers and commentariat who make it so much fun to keep going every day. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
ETA: I can’t believe I forgot to mention this before–big, fat thanks are also due to Melissa McEwan for inviting me to be a Shakesville contributor and Joy Nash for linking to me at the height of the Fat Rant craze. Those two things had a huge effect on the success of this blog, especially because they came right together. Every time I talk to a reporter, they ask why I think the blog got so popular so fast, and I say, “Well, I was invited to blog at Shakesville, which has loads of readers, and then Joy Nash plugged me when the whole world was talking about her video, and I think those two things brought my traffic to a tipping point, after which word of mouth could keep it snowballing.” The reporters are always just like, “Oh,” and that factoid never makes it into the articles. I think they want me to say something like “The fat acceptance movement’s time has finally come” or “Well, it’s the natural consequence of having my finger on the pulse of the Zeitgeist, duh.” Nope: Liss, Joy, word of mouth. So thanks loads to the two of them!