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Time to Rumpus Most Royally!

Well, here it is officially June 10, and two years ago, bored at work because everyone was off at a conference or something and I was left to man the phones, I started this foolish blog, knowing nothing about blogging whatsoever. I started originally on Blogger, but quickly got frustrated when the formatting would randomly go wonky, the photos would disappear with no warning, and when I’d schedule posts, they just wouldn’t post. WordPress beckoned and I answered the call and haven’t looked back.

Two years, you guys. That’s a long time. So much has happened over the last two years. Things that I could never have imagined when I was sitting at the reception desk of my office looking for something to do to make the hours go by more quickly and thought, “Well, you could start a blog.” I’ve met some of the world’s most amazing people. I have friends in my life I’d never have met without my blog; friends that I was meant to know, and without my blog? They wouldn’t be here. I’d have never met them. The thought of that breaks my heart, because my life would be such an emptier place without them in it.

Today’s advice to you? Well, I of course saved the best for last. Did you doubt I would?

The most important thing I’ve learned over the past two years of blogging?

Ignore all the advice. Write.

I know, right? Totally bait-and-switched you.

Hee, I love that the first thing to pop up in Image Seach for "bait and switch" is Lucy and her football. Fortuitous!

Hee, I love that the first thing to pop up in Image Seach for “bait and switch” is Lucy and her football. Fortuitous!

Listen. You can read a million how-to-blog articles. How long your posts should be. When you should post. How frequently you should post. How you should or shouldn’t market your blog or yourself. Your use of social media. What you should write about. What you SHOULDN’T write about. There are plenty of places that will give you advice – sometimes conflicting advice – until you’re so confused you’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off, all squawky and discombobulated. Also, it is very hard to count chickens with their heads cut off. All that blood makes for incorrect chicken headcounts.

But the way you’re going to learn all these things, the best way, the way it’s going to stick with you, is to just DO it. To sit at your computer and write out the words in your head, whatever those words might be. Are you going to fail? I’m not going to sugar-coat it. Yes. You are probably going to fail. Probably more than once. You’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to do things you’re not proud of, looking back on them; freshman mistakes, I suppose you could call them. These things happen. They’ll continue to happen. Even when you’re no longer a freshman. It’s life. Life’s one long learning experience, so take the lessons as they come.

Just like the Game of Life. With the little pegs and shit. Learn your lessons, chickadees.

Just like the Game of Life. With the little pegs and shit. Learn your lessons, chickadees.

You’ll know when it’s working. It’s something you feel inside; this click, this feeling of rightness. You’ll know because you’ll start building a community. Your words will resonate with others. You’ll start…I don’t know how best to explain this. Ripples. You’ll start creating ripples. And those ripples reach others. And on and on and on and you connect, and you have this whole network around you. All these points of life. All these people whose lives you’ve touched, whose lives you touch. It feels very good. It feels very safe. And you did this. You did this with your words and your work and putting yourself out there.

You can read all the advice; you can even follow some if you want. Yes, you’ll get less hits if you post on a weekend. Yes, it’s good to network with other bloggers. Yes, a presence on social media is a good thing.

But mostly? Just get out there and write. Take the words inside you and get them out of you. Share them with the world, where they can take root and grow and touch others and on and on and on it goes.

It’s the start of a grand adventure. It’s your own royal rumpus. The only thing I know for sure is that your life will never be the same for it.

Thank you to everyone who’s come along with me on my royal rumpus over the last two years. Everyone who’s read a post, who’s commented, who’s shared something I’ve written, who’s been here. Thank you to my friends, who I found along the way and who are so precious to me, so dear, I don’t even have the words.

Thank you. Just, thank you.

Now, finally, my top post for the past two years. Some of you might have already guessed this, I think, and if you haven’t, it’ll make sense once you see it.

Top post in the past two years!

With 3,490 hits – almost 3,500 hits, you guys, is that not insane? – in the past three months…

You’re gonna carry that weight, carry that weight a long time

Freshly Pressed did a lot of that, and you guys did the rest, with your comments and your shares and your reblogs. You’re a glorious group of people. A brave, strong group of people, who feel things deeply, who connect deeply with things, who want to make a change in things that are broken in the world.

I’m glad this post connected with people; I’m glad this post helped people connect. I’m glad Freshly Pressed decided to share it with a larger audience so more people could see it. I’m glad you were all here for it.

Thank you for the past two years, my most beloved little chickadees. I don’t know what the next year will bring; that’s the joy of the future. It’s as-yet unwritten. It’s a shiny new blank journal, waiting for you to start your chicken-scratching.

Off I go to start chicken-scratching all over my shiny new year.

I hope you come along. It wouldn’t be the same without you.

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32 responses to “Time to Rumpus Most Royally!

  • Le Clown

    Amy,
    In our last year of blogging, we met one another. I’m so fucking in for another year with you…
    Le Clown

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    • lucysfootball

      Yes we did, didn’t we? I’m glad you’re here. You’re a great find of mine in the bloggiverse. Another reason I’m glad I started this thing.

      Here’s to another year of blogging for both of us!

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  • mfennvt

    Happy Second Birthday for your blog! What a joy to read, you are. :)

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  • Charleen

    Congratulations on two great years of blogging!

    (Also, when you started the “rumpus” posts last week, were you aware that your blogiversary was on Maurice Sendak’s birthday? Or is that a happy accident? I only just made the connection today, mostly thanks to the Google Doodle.)

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    • lucysfootball

      Thank you! No, I had no idea it would line up with Maurice Sendak’s birthday! I just like saying “royal rumpus.” I think because I’m a bit of a wild thing. But I’m completely cool sharing my bloggiversary with the birthday of one of my favorite authors!

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  • aliceatwonderland

    It’s your blog’s second birthday and my daughter’s ninth. Time does fly. So does this birthday include your blogger time? I’ve always wondered whether to include that in mine. Technically, my one year on WordPress will be July 30, but I was on blogger quite a while before that, though I didn’t post much because blogger kind of sucks. Anyhoo, happy anniversary.

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    • lucysfootball

      Yes, I decided to count it all together. I was only on Blogger for – um, I think three months? Maybe 4? – before I switched over. I posted daily over there, and imported all the posts (you can tell the Blogger posts, the formatting’s all wonky and I’m too lazy to fix it) but struggled with it so much I ran away, and gladly. So I count it as the first day I posted anywhere, since all the posts are here now.

      Thank you! :)

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  • Andreas Heinakroon

    Happy blogiversary, Amy! And that’s a very worthy 1st place post. I’ll comment more when not on my phone.

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  • sj

    Thanks for starting to blog 2 years ago today so we could find each other.

    <3

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    • lucysfootball

      Thank you for being here. I don’t know what I’d do without you. No, seriously, I absolutely don’t. I’d be lost and wandering. And I know there would be much less laughter. And who would I recap Billith with, I ask you? WHO?

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  • Samantha

    Happy bloggiversary, officially! So glad to start another year reading your blog, I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve been here so far :D

    Much cake and ice cream and birthday candles! :p

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  • Corvidae in the Fields

    Dear Amy,

    I like saying “rumpus,” because I get to say “rump.” Does that make me a bad person?

    Sincerely,

    Nate

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  • Andreas Heinakroon

    Right. Back at a proper keyboard.

    I’m glad You’re gonna carry that weight, carry that weight a long time ended up on 1st place. It’s a very powerful piece and it deserves all the attention it has gotten and much much more.

    I am also very glad you decided to start to blog two years ago. It made it possible for us to become friends. Plus, it has been quite a ride, following your blog.

    I believe I might have threatened with looking up the most favourite post on my blog, so here goes:

    It’s not to do with women with sideburns, weirdly enough (that’s number two), but it’s It’s lonely at the top – the last human species. Huh. A paleontology post. Who’d guessed?

    But never mind. Again: congratulations on your blogiversary! And here’s hoping that we get to read many more interesting, fun and clever posts from you in the future.

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    • lucysfootball

      Aw, Andreas. You always have the best words.

      That’s the best thing that’s come of this, you know. Meeting the people that have become part of my life. I can’t even imagine what life would be like without you in it now, and to think, it all happened because I was bored one day at work. I know you don’t like when I invoke magic…but it’s magic, a little.

      See?! People LOVE the sciency posts! I keep TELLING you!

      Thank you. I’ll do my best to keep up the cleverness. Unless the zombies come. If the zombies come, it’s every man, woman, and child for him or herself. I’m sure you understand.

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  • Aleksandra (@yeksovic)

    Congratulations! I’ve been following your blog for a year and a half, I think, and it’s one of the few blogs I read regularly and always catch up on. I never know what I’m going to get, whether I’m going to laugh or cry, but it’s always worth it. So, thank you and to many more years of blogging!

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    • lucysfootball

      Thank you! I never know what I’m going to write, either, so we’re on the same wavelength there. I wake up in the morning thinking, “Oh, crap. What WILL I blog about today, I wonder?”

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  • jbrown3079

    It seems like I have been reading your posts for much longer than this. I figure that may be because of the richness of the writing. Thanks for the last two years. I am looking forward to as many more as you want to share.
    I would have written yesterday but we were on vacation in SW Oklahoma where the reception is spotty.

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    • lucysfootball

      I know, it does seem like longer I’ve been writing them, too. Time has a weird flexible quality sometimes, doesn’t it?

      Thank you, John! Hope your vacation was good!

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  • Kris

    I think I found your blog shortly after your switch to WP. I think you posted in the FB Geek Girls group, on the thread about who has blogs. I’m glad I started reading! You have provided many a snort-laugh, many an outright guffaw, and more than one problem with allergies. As I said before, I love the variety – one never knows the kind of post that will appear on a given day, but one can be assured that it will be very well-written!!

    Thank you for being part of my day, and making me laugh/have allergies. You have been a very good addition to my life during what has been (and continues to be) a very challenging time for me, personally. So, thanks.

    And Happy 2nd Bloggiversary!!!!

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  • Stephanie

    Happy anniversary.. I am just new to your fold and have enjoyed your world so far.

    Thank you for this post as I am just new to blogging and still trying to find my way and this has helped heaps. I kind of blog in secrecy cause my family think I am silly and coworkers don’t know (embarrassed, scared?). I am not sure whether I have anything worthwhile reading about.

    But I will keep persevering, you never know.

    cheers

    Stephanie

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    • lucysfootball

      Thank you!

      I didn’t tell anyone in real life for five months. The only people that knew I was blogging were my online friends and my parents. I totally understand. Once you tell them, be prepared to be underwhelmed by their reaction. People just don’t care, I’ve found. You might get a few real-life followers, but don’t take it personally if everyone isn’t running to read. I think people just have so much going on that a blog is one more thing, and they don’t bother.

      But yes! Definitely keep persevering. It’s never a waste of time to write.

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