One Year Down…

Tomorrow will mark my one year blogiversary of shutterboo.  And since it’s a Wednesday, a photo challenge post will don the page.  But every blogger feels the need to celebrate this day – it’s a complete sense of accomplishment.  Like when  you were in high school and you and you’re boyfriend had actually been going out for six months which is really like three years in the real world so it’s a big effing deal.  So is this.  Believe me.

Anywho, with 364 days of blogging under my belt, I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve picked up along the way, be it from a person or an experience.  None of which is helpful knowledge when it comes to actually “blogging”.  But things that will… crap I don’t know, just go with me here.

Be Real. Because if you’re one of those “my life is puppies and unicorns and I shit rainbows” kind of people, just know that the world A) knows you’re lying to yourself and B) makes fun of you.  No really, we do.  It’s A-OK to be satisfied with your life but don’t rub our noses in your overly-optimistic posts.  Actually, you don’t rub my nose in it.  Because I don’t read it.  Because I don’t identify with it.  Makes sense, huh?

Be Nice. Not every sentence has to end in an exclamation point [unless you’re one of those  ‘I heart unicorns’ people] but being real doesn’t mean you can’t be nice.  I tend to rant on certain topics that might be not-so-nice but I’ve never used this website to bad mouth another person or be catty.  Unless you’re that lady that keeps talking on her cell phone in the ladies room.  You I will bad mouth.  But you probably don’t even know that this little piece of the interweb exists.

Be Nice.  It’s that important. When you leave a comment, don’t be a jackhole.  I delete jackhole remarks.  Because I can.  But no one can be a successful blogger with a chip on their shoulder.  You won’t gain readers, you won’t gain acquaintances and you won’t gain respect.  Everyone has a bad day but take it out on a bowl of ice cream, not someone else’s comment log.  Lighten up.  But be sure not to leave rainbow encrusted bullshit either.

Learn To Be Disappointed. Just because you’re absolutely smitten over your latest post about your deaf dog doesn’t mean anybody else gives two shits about it.  If your stats are down or you didn’t get too many comments that day, be disappointed but don’t be defeated.  Remind yourself that you blog for fun and for you and you ain’t getting paid anyway so who cares.  It usually starts as a hobby and as long as it remains a hobby, you’ll be a rock star.

Be Prepared. Some of my best writing has been spontaneous.  But let’s be real, I ain’t creative enough to keep up spontaneousness as often as I write.  Having a notebook of ideas has not only made blogging easier but more fun.  Letting ideas fester, building on them for a few weeks… these become rewarding once I hit ‘publish’.  And the photo challenge gave me something to look forward to each week.  It works.  And it pays off.

Throw A Bone. List a blog you like on your blog roll.  Pass along a silly reward.  Mention a site and add its link.  It may sound silly to point someone to another house when you’re wanting to showcase your own, but it’s worth it.  And the favor is usually returned in some fashion down the road.  Blogging karma, if you will.

Be Friends. The best part of even starting this little blog here is the people I share it with.  It’s also the reason why I was hesitant (note: mean people suck).  My friends and family have been supportive and tell me which stories and photos they’ve enjoyed the most.  And I’ve made several internet friends that also share what’s on their minds through blogging.  And even though these internet people are complete strangers and don’t know me from the bum on the corner, they’re supportive and encouraging and incredibly fantastic.  A virtual community that keeps me coming back.

Here’s to another year of shutterboo – because looking into the future too far makes it less exciting.  Cheers!

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July 27, 2010 - 9:41 am

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - Boo, our blog birthday’s are one day apart? Coincidence? I think not. I’ve loved reading you over the last year and can’t wait to see what Shuterboo has in store for the terrible two’s! Hope it is filled with more jazz hands than jackholes.

July 27, 2010 - 10:07 am

Susan the PodMate - Congrats on your first year! I can’t wait to see what happens in year two!

July 27, 2010 - 10:10 am

katie o. - Sending big congratulatory hugs your way. Feels good, right? And what a fantastic way to look at your first year. I’ll never forget finding your blog on the freshly pressed page…”I heart my 50mm”. Yeap, well, now I heart you.
Keep it up kiddo.

July 27, 2010 - 10:11 am

katie o. - ps. the “feels good” part was about completing your first year….not the cyber hugs, but those can feel good too I guess. :)

July 27, 2010 - 11:06 am

Becki D - Happy Bloggiversary, and here’s to many more!! (I’m an exclamation point offender…sorry. I do not, however, poo rainbows. Yay!)


July 27, 2010 - 11:44 am

san - You put some good advice together here. For me, it’s all about connecting with other people… if someone’s just out to make the most followers, but never even acknowledges your presence as one of them, than it’s wasted time. I am here to make friends, not be a “fan” of someone’s blog.

July 27, 2010 - 11:48 am

Amy - Happy Blog-Birthday to you! I guess July is a popular month to start blogging, eh? So glad I found your blog and I look forward to reading many more posts. Your blog advice is spot-on, too.

July 27, 2010 - 3:09 pm

shemohn - Congrats! I have really enjoyed reading your blog over the past year. I <3 U!

July 27, 2010 - 4:05 pm

omawarisan - Congrats on a year…it is a huge thing!

For the record, I know the bum on the corner, and his blog was kind of a let down.

July 27, 2010 - 6:19 pm

jenbyjennifer - Hey there! It’s been too long. I just visited you again to find you moved. So I updated your link on my blog. I can’t wait to take the time to look through all I have missed. I think your photography is amazing and inspiring. Click on!

July 28, 2010 - 7:31 pm

Thomas Stazyk - Happy birthday and congratulations on staying with it! Great advice, too.

July 29, 2010 - 3:02 pm

Melissa - ok, so I use exclamation points way too much, but however I do not shit rainbows! (see I couldn’t help it)
“Be real” hit home for me today. I am trying to not let my negativity toward life right now affect my blog, but I feel the need to use it as an outlet. Nothing negative about anyone or anything, just emotion about life. I think my real and blog friends understand though.
congrats on 1 year… you rock!

July 29, 2010 - 3:52 pm

beautiful lie « live life. addicted. - […] am posting this because today Shutterboo reminded me to “Be Real”. The need to express myself in this manner is heavy on me […]

August 1, 2010 - 1:11 am

Brooke - @everyone – Again… the people make it worth while. Thank you for your supportive words. And Wendipants, it’s on like donkey kong with the jazz hands. :)

August 1, 2010 - 10:01 am

Anamaris - …and maaaaanyyyy moooooooooooore! [I’ve decided to pester you with these ! on this auspicious day!!!] How else am I gonna let you know how effen much I love your blogaboo?!!! And how much I enjoy your deaf doggy obssession! And how much I respect and envy said obssession! And how much I dig your wisdom! And pictures! And the fact that you love 80s music even though you were like a little bleep in a bad x-ray picture! And how tickled I am when you leave me a comment, cuz I imagine you singing to Lose yourself!
Happy blogiversary, Boo!!!!!!!!!

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