I have an anniversary coming up...
One year ago, on Tuesday, February 12th, I posted my very first blog entry. It was my fascination with American Idol that inspired me to launch a web log dedicated to the critique of the contestants on this popular television series. My first entry premiered during American Idol's Hollywood week, Season 7. Now, I'd like to say that I've come a long way baby...but in fact...my last post was about American Idol's Hollywood week, Season 8. Hmm. Seems I've come full circle.
But rest assured, throughout the year my blog has evolved into an outlet for me to write about a wide spectrum of topics from my BFF, to Girl Scout Cookies, to Day Camp Immunization Records, to the first day of school. Along the way, I discovered that I much prefer to write about un-Idol-like matters. But, despite my best efforts, I quickly learned (with the help of Statcounter, a web log tracker) that my American Idol posts were the ones that generated the most traffic (not a huge surprise given the popularity of the show).
So imagine my surprise when I learned that the posts about my husband's layoff and my family's reaction to our new situation received an even greater response than the Idol posts. Seems I hit a nerve with readers when I started blogging about the economy (or lack thereof). I guess it's a bit like a train wreck: it's disastrous and distasteful, yet morbidly fascinating. You don't want to stare, but you can't look away, either.
So it seems I've found my niche and for the time being, I will continue to blog about the trials and tribulations of unemployment. But, don't expect me to write about how to develop your job marketing strategy or how to brush up on your interview skills. I'll stick with what I know best: how to save money by using the freezer burned chop meat in your fridge, or what you can say to a recently laid off friend to avoid coming down with diarrhea of the mouth (which is often brought on by attempting to dance around the issue.)
I'll continue to blog about American Idol, so long as I continue to watch American Idol. And who knows, maybe next year I'll have a brand new topic to blog about...let's hope so.