Nine Years of Blogging

When I started this blog in 2013, I didn’t think about how long it would last. The idea of a blog anniversary was the furthest thing from my mind. I’m not even sure I knew it was a thing that people celebrated.

I remember the night I put this blog together. It was easy, but overwhelming.

The thought of writing an About Me page was petrifying. It still is, if I’m being honest. There’s so much pressure to be entertaining, cool, and likeable, all within a few short sentences.

You have to sound like someone others would want to be friends with, or else they aren’t going to stick around. And if people don’t stick around, then who is going to read my stuff?

That’s what I thought, at least. Turns out, none of that is true. Even if you are likeable, people won’t stick around. It is an internet myth.

And then came my very first post. I second guessed every sentence I wrote because I told myself someone would pick apart my writing in the comments section. I imagined critiques of my sentence structure, word choice, and punctuation.

In reality, no one cares about that. It is another internet myth.

When I think about what I have done here on The Captain’s Speech, I am so proud. There isn’t a day that goes by where I’m not thinking about this blog and things I could write about. That may be hard for you to believe, since I seem to come and go every few weeks without putting up a, “Sorry, We’re Closed” sign. Just know, it’s always on my mind.

I didn’t think that writing words and posting them on the internet would be fun, but it is. I love it. This feels like my own sectioned off play area, where I can just be myself. This blog challenges me and allows me to be creative.

One day, it’ll be fun to go back and read my old posts and see what I was thinking at a younger age. At least, I hope it’ll be fun. I may just avoid it altogether, actually. I don’t need the embarrassment.

By the way, my blog anniversaries feel like they are getting closer and closer together. Are we sure that full years have passed? I swear, the last anniversary I remember was at four years.

What is time and how do we stop it? It’s been rolling downhill an awful lot lately.

Anyway, I just want to thank all of you for reading my blog, embracing me, and not critiquing my sentence structure.

Honestly, what is there to critique anyway?

I’m normally able to ramble on and on and on, but I’ll cut this post short. Why? Well, I tried to write it last night, but couldn’t get anywhere, so now I’m rushing.

Oh, I must mention that June 23 isn’t only the anniversary of this blog. It is also the 17-year anniversary of my Grade 8 graduation. On top of that, it is the 5-year anniversary of the time a pizza place messed up my order and gave me an extra pizza for free.

This day is truly blessed.

Thank you for being along for the ride for the last nine years, or whenever you jumped aboard. I really appreciate it.

I’ll try and make my 10th anniversary post a lot more special. Key word is “try”. Don’t hold me to it.

Anyway, I’m off to have pizza now. I suggest you do the same.

Bon appΓ©tit.

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24 Responses to Nine Years of Blogging

  1. peckapalooza says:

    I’m constantly impressed by the community of bloggers that we have here on WordPress and I feel like a large part of that is due to your efforts to bring people together and encourage us to explore each other’s blogs. So thank you for sticking it out these nine years. Here’s to many more!

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  2. Happy Anniversary, Paul. When I’ve stepped away from blogging or WordPress in the past nine years, I have always found my way back here. Believe it or not, I just had pizza for dinner too…

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  3. Sarah Warsi says:

    Happy Blog-iversary, Paul! I still remember the first time we interacted with either other’s blog! I believe it started with my post about reverse parking. πŸ˜€ So happy to be connected all these years. Keep doing your thing! Here’s to many more milestones to come. πŸ™‚

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  4. Rebecca says:

    Nine years on WordPress! Congratulations, Paul! I’ve technically been following you through my other blogs much longer than this one, and I’m pleasantly surprised that we’d started blogging around the same time (with you earlier in the year, and myself at the very end in 2013). It can be a challenge staying consistent with blogging, especially with more years under your belt, to keep the material fresh and engaging…but you’re doing a great job, and I can’t wait to see what your 10-year blogiversary brings!

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    • Paul says:

      Well said, thank you! Honestly, cheers to us for sticking it out this long and for going through what feels like a dozen different peaks and valleys in the blogging world over the last 9 years.

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  5. Happy blogiversary! Nine years on WordPress is a huge milestone indeed, and I’m a little bit behind you, and those years just seem to fly on by, don’t they? Wishing you many more years to come, and let’s see what’s in store for your first decade anniversary!

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    • Paul says:

      Thank you, I appreciate it! I guess time does fly when you’re having fun. Next year’s anniversary is going to be very weird to process.

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  6. Catherine says:

    Happy blog anniversary. And thank you for creating some kind of community here. Without your “share your blog” posts, for example, I wouldn’t have seen many great blogs. So, thank you for bringing people from all-around the world together…
    I hope you enjoyed the pizza πŸ™‚ xx

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  7. Bex says:

    Well here I am reading this a day later and yet I still celebrated unknowingly by having pizza for dinner last night! It was a glorious BBQ chicken pizza with onions in avocado in case you were curious… Thanks for being a dependable blogging friend. πŸ™‚

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    • Paul says:

      Okay, you’re the third person to comment saying they had pizza last night. This is incredible. Thanks for the kind words, I always appreciate your comments and stories of woe.

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  8. Dutch Lion says:

    You’re the man Paul! Sounds like you’re about a 30 year old man now. Am I right? Hey, I’m not sure if I’ve ever asked but I think we’re all wondering the same thing…. what is your “day job”? What kind of work do you do besides writing this blog? Happy anniversary and as you know, I think you’re a terrific writer. The sky is the limit regarding your future. That’s it for now. I’ll hang up and listen to your answers.

    Later, Reid

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  9. Happy Blogaversary! Yep, that’s definitely a thing. I like your other memories, too!

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  10. Becky says:

    Awh happy anniversary! πŸŽ‰ remember when we’d send polite, grammatically correct messages to each other? πŸ˜…

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  11. Happy blog Anniversary!! One more year until a big milestone!

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  12. Hey, I just published my Post for the Blogger Games,. You know I don’t know how to share with only you or whatever. Truthfully, I never saw the Announcement.

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