Today is our blogiversary. We started Voreblog a year ago with a few very basic aims: 1) We wanted to write about the books, music, TV and movies that we like, and when necessary those we dislike; 2) We wanted to write something our friends would enjoy reading; and 3) We wanted to write with (hopefully) humor and honesty about being married.
Besides that, we agreed we’d try our best to write a post a day but observe a blogging Sabbath every Sunday.
Since then, we’ve taken a few unexpected turns; we’ve done our best to follow every one of them. When we began we didn’t anticipate that our cat Scooter Thomas would become a guest blogger, or that we’d tell the story of how we met through This Day in Vore History posts. We didn’t expect to launch an anti-Cincinnati Bell crusade or that Jeremy Piven would become the target of our wrath. We didn’t foresee becoming Nic Cage apologists or that there’d ever be such a thing as Win A Date With Voreblog. And while we hoped our friends would read and occasionally comment, we couldn’t have predicted the characters and personalities that have emerged from Readers Forums and comment threads. You, our friends, are funny people.
We also thought today might be an appropriate time for a slight rebranding. The official name, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Blogging,” has garnered both confusion and criticism. A play on Raymond Carver’s short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” we realized — and some readers helped us realize this, most notably Eric Bescak — that a more appropriate title would be “What We Blog About When We Blog About Love,” since the conversation we’re having isn’t really about actual blogging as much as it is that “word known to all men” (subtle Ulysses plug!). We’re writing about things we love, and we’re writing about love. So today it’s official.
Finally, In our research for today’s post, we put together a little chart we’ll call “Voreblog By The Numbers.” At the risk of becoming overly self-indulgent, we’d like to highlight just a few statistics before wrapping this up:
0 – Number of grandchildren we have produced for Jon & Susie Beers since becoming bloggers. (This post is easily the favorite of our “Golden Readers.”)
1 – speeding tickets we’ve racked up since last June 11
1 – colon cleanses we’ve tried in that same time period (this is easily our most reviled post)
2 – extended stays by Winnie the Basset Hound at Chez Voreblog
4 – catnip toys purchased for Scooter Thomas
5 – subpoenas we’ve received to appear at the Hamilton County Courthouse since being robbed in March 2008 (our thief still has yet to be sentenced)
8 – marital arguments which have spilled onto the blog for all to see
10 – posts referencing Christian Bale
11 – Readers Forums to date
13 – posts referencing Nic Cage
19 – comments received on the controversial An Open Letter To Pittsburgh Steelers Fans post
29 – links on our blogroll (you should read all of them!)
59 – comments by Mark Hoobler, the fifth highest total among any individual
62 – comments by Matthew Leathers, #4
63 – pictures we took of ourselves wearing Snuggies (20 of them made the blog)
72 – comments by Eric Bescak, #3
89 – comments by runner-up Scott Guldin
92 – our favorite number!
139 – comments by Andrew Cashmere (We counted. Seriously.)
1,471 – comments to date, total
∞ – our love for you, dear reader
Thanks for reading.
Blogging will be intermittent to nil for the next week as we vacation in State College, PA. In the meantime, why not read James Joyce’s Ulysses?