June 23, 2013

I had to talk myself into writing this post because I don’t know if I have anything to say that I haven’t said before. Let’s see how it turns out.

Three years today, I started this blog. I had no idea what I was doing, but I figured that it didn’t really matter because no one would care about anything I had to write. (Except for my best friend, Chris). He’s gonna be so happy about that shout-out.

I thought that I’d send it to some friends to read and make an occasional Facebook post about it just to fulfill my duty as a social media user with something to shamelessly brag about.

Little did I know this blog would turn into something that reaches people all over the world. I have no idea how it happened.

The friendships I’ve made with bloggers has been incredible. There are some of you who I’ve actually had lengthy conversations with outside of the WordPress walls. That is something I never expected when I was putting this site together at 2AM, three years ago.

The talent and creativity I’ve come across over the last three years is inspiring. There are celebrities in this world who have no talent and have never changed a roll of toilet paper in their life, yet everyone knows who they are. Meanwhile, there are bloggers I’ve come across who deserve to be known worldwide for the words they share.

I started this blog to write about sports. Then I started writing about life and hypothetical questions. Then I started to complain about things like long lines at the calamari station.

And then I threw caution out the window and wrote things that I thought were funny and, much to my surprise, other people found them funny too. You’re all sick.

But to know that I put a smile on someone’s face, or that I made them laugh when they needed to the most, makes me proud.

Lately, I’ve been writing some poetry and fictional pieces. And you guys stuck with me. You encouraged me. You gave me confidence that I could write about absolutely anything and still have your support. I can’t thank you enough for that.

People often say that they blog for themselves and I guess I would say the same thing. But I’m not blogging just for me. I blog for the people that might read the words I write who might be able to relate, smile, or laugh with me.

That’s what makes a blog different from a diary. You can’t impact anyone’s life with a diary. No one will read it. A blog is all about the interaction. It’s about strangers reading things you write and seeing things from a different perspective.

I consider myself to be extremely lucky to have this blog and to have made so many connections with people all over the world.

I had just graduated from university when I started this blog and said goodbye to many friendships. It’s no one’s fault. It’s just impossible to stay in touch with everyone you used to see on a daily basis.

This blog has helped fill that void. I have gone from being terrified of receiving comments from strangers and wondering if they’re a criminal, to being genuinely excited when I get a notification from another blogger, while still wondering if they’re a criminal.

If I’ve learned anything from blogging, it’s that there are people all over the world looking for a reason to laugh, smile, think, or even just say “me too”. All of us have the ability to be someone’s reason.

That’s why I continue to blog and I hope if you’re reading this, you continue to blog too, or start a blog of your own.

Your thoughts matter. Your words matter. People need to read them. If you share, someone will always care.

Now then, who wants pizza!?

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About Paul

This is the part where I'm supposed to write something interesting about myself and you'll read it and think, "That's not that interesting." So let's not do that and just think about pizza instead, on the count of three. One, two, three. Donuts. Now, wasn't that interesting?
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76 Responses to June 23, 2013

  1. Tony Burgess says:

    Happy Blogiversary. Keep on blogging my friend.

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  2. Me!!!!!! Loved this ❤

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  3. brittanyanna says:

    I relate to this so much! Do you know that you were one of the first people to follow my blog? It meant so much to me that someone out there cared about hearing what I had to say. Thanks for posting this and thanks for inspiring me to keep writing since the beginning!! 🙂

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  4. casondra2rey says:

    Yay!!! You’re awesome. I’m so glad to have come across you in my blogging journey. You make a lot of sense. This isn’t just for ourselves, it’s for all of us. Didn’t want to believe it when I started but it’s definitely true now.

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  5. Ward Clever says:

    Happy anniversary! I’ve had a 5th on another blog, and it seems like yesterday.

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  6. Julia McGeown says:

    I look forward to reading you posts Paul. I often wait to read them, until I have time to enjoy your blogs.

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  7. Mon ☠ says:

    “If there’s anything I’ve learnt from blogging…. ” yeah I learnt that too. ME TOO ☺😊😀😁

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  8. Oh this made me smile! Glad you stuck with it and I really do look forward to your posts. Take care! 😉

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  9. Miriam says:

    Happy anniversary Paul. Yay for you, three years is awesome, I’ve been going for one and love it so much. I agree with everything you wrote here, it opens up a whole new world of interaction. Keep enjoying … and yes, I’ll have some pizza please! 🙂

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  10. Jess says:

    I tend to pull a U-turn at an intersection with a sign that reads, “No U-turns.” Your suspicions of criminal activity have been correct.

    Happy anniversary Paul! So glad to have stumbled across your blog.

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  11. Happy 3 years, Paul!! Your blog has always been one of my favorites. I’m so glad you keep it up! Also I WANT PIZZA.

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  12. Little Rants says:

    Happy Blogiversary Paulooooooo. You do you. And YES TO THE PIZZA which I’m currently eating all by myself btw.

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  13. rebbit7 says:

    I have been with you since the last blog anniversary (maybe even a bit before) and your posts never cease to make me happy! Regardless of the changes in your blogging themes over the past year, past months, I always look forward to your posts whenever they pop up on my feed. I look forward to more posts from you, and I anticipate your fourth blog anniversary next year (and many more thereafter!).

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  14. peckapalooza says:

    Happy blogiversary! And thanks for posting this. You said a lot of the same things I’ve thought about blogging over the years.

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  15. James says:

    Dammit I missed your blogiversary! Is there any pizza left?

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  16. anshurao says:

    Hope this doesn’t come off as nitpicking,but Anne Frank made an impact through her diary . Anyway ,always enjoyed your blog , looking forward to more reads

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  17. Wow I can’t believe I (once again) arrived late for the party!! My favorite event of the year! Graduation made me jump off the boat for a while :0 I am so proud of you 🙂 This sounds a lot like that post I wrote a while ago- we blog to make an impact! Love love love. Happy blogiversary 🙂 I gave you a shoutout in my latest post!

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  18. Congrats on three years.

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  19. oh prankiss says:

    Hi Paul. I really like your posts because it somehow inspires others and also myself. I’m a student who still finding my own passion and sometimes

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    • oh prankiss says:

      ..sometimes i feel stuck of doing things that I’m not sure if I really love doing it or just pretend that I would like to do it. You know what I mean? I like to write but I’m not sure if that is my passion. Maybe I love doing it, but sometimes I procrastinate a lot too. I love one-to-one interaction with people. But sometimes I just don’t know what to talk about. Do you have any advice on how to find own passion and how to be consistent with what you are doing?

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      • Paul says:

        Hey! I know exactly what you mean. It’s hard finding something to be passionate about and stay consistent with it all the time. Like I enjoy writing but there are some days, or even weeks where I don’t feel like writing anything. So I fill that time doing something else I enjoy and eventually I feel like writing again. My advice to you would be…don’t feel pressured to find one passion. Do things you enjoy whether it’s writing, reading, drawing, cooking etc. and when you don’t feel like doing one anymore, don’t. Only do things when you want to do them, not because you think you should be doing them. I don’t know if any of this made sense, but I hope I helped a bit!

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      • oh prankiss says:

        Yes exactly! Thanks for ur advice! 😀

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  20. Barb Knowles says:

    Congratulations! I was/am so happy to have found your blog and enjoy our conversations. Especially since I’ve decided you are definitely not a stalker. I love the WordPress forum/platform for writing. But the amount of time I spend checking my stats belies my original notion that I would be writing just for myself. Keep writing and I’ll keep reading 💟

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  21. rebecak says:

    Happy belated blogiversary, which also happened to be my birthday! 🙂 You make me smile and laugh. Thank you!

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