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Ovation: DiatribesAndOvations’ First Blogiversary!


Today marks the first anniversary of  While I’m still somewhat curmudgeonly, my “exercise in self-therapy” appears to be effective.  I’m proud to say that I have been able to find something nice to say every other day for an entire year.  I’ve stuck to my guns and kept each post (relatively) short and sweet to avoid “over ranting” and I’m confident that readers appreciate the effort.

The most popular Diatribe post in the first year was about “family stickers”.  It must have touched a nerve because it’s the closest thing to going “viral” that I’ve experienced.  Lots of commenters supported my rants and just as many thought I was being silly.  The same can be said for the Diatribe about the Jack-In-The-Box commercial that aired for the first time during SuperBowl XLVI.

Surprisingly, the most popular Ovation was a simple post about Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World”.  I was experiencing a bit of writer’s block when I heard Esperanza Spalding sing this song as a part of the 84th Academy Awards and felt compelled to share a quick story about one of my grandfather’s favorite songs.

Throughout the year, I’ve learned quite a bit from the comments left by readers … both in support of my arguments as well as those that have pointed out the errors of my ways.  I’ve grown to understand opposing viewpoint and I appreciate everyone that takes a minute from their lives to share their thoughts with me.  Readers’ comments make me think.  And the most loyal readers and frequent commenters (you know who you are) are quickly becoming cyber-friends that I look forward to hearing from often. has been read by people all around the world.  The site gets hits from Malaysia, Ghana and Brazil … from France, India and Switzerland.  WordPress (the publishing platform) provides statistical data that has become a compulsive obsession.  Sometimes when I proofread, I do it with an accent imagining how a far-away reader might sound.  (“Aussie” is my favorite.)  I’ve never had an opportunity like this to learn that people are really more alike than they are different.

Most importantly, during the last year I’ve learned quite a bit about myself.  While it’s true that I am somewhat curmudgeonly, I’m also capable of finding good in more situations than in the past.  I notice myself smiling more often and complaining a tiny bit less.

Thank you, faithful readers, for your continued support and for sharing my thoughts with the people in your world.  I believe the “self-therapy” might be working.  I’m becoming more relaxed and feel less stress (except, of course, in traffic … learn to drive people!) and I vow to keep writing until it becomes more difficult to write a diatribe than it is to write an ovation.  That’s when I think I’ll find my better self.

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From → Ovations

  1. I congratulate you on your blogiversary. As an occasional blogger myself I appreciate the effort that goes into not only writing, but also researching the information you include. Also it is quite easy to find negative subject matter, but you have stuck with your premise-Diatriabes and Ovations, 50/50. Keep up the good work.


  2. G-man permalink

    Congrats on your first year. I don’t know if I really had a vision for where this would take you when I first gave you the challenge but I’m so proud of you for doing such a good job at it.

    I do think now you might go a little deeper into the hard hitting topics – politics being one of those. It’s such an easy target with some of those wack-jobs.

    One year here and as of 3/24 it’s 11 (15 really) for us. Lots to celebrate this weekend. I love you and so very proud of all you do.



  3. Happy Blogiversary, D&O!
    One of my first stops every day.
    Cheers to many more!


  4. Anonymous permalink

    I have to say, you have become an excellent writer. Happy Blogiversary. And, of coarse, happy 11th anniversary..


  5. Princess permalink

    Congrats Poodle! I am proud of you!


  6. My favorite part are the short personal memories you link to your subject. You are a master at doing that. Thanks for sharing…


  7. Happy Blogiversary — or should that be Blogirthday, since your blog is 1 year old. See, communicating with others is fraught with peril.


  8. Happy Blogiversary!!!!!! Very happy for you.. Keep up the great work.


  9. Happy Blogiversary!! Cheers!


  10. Rene permalink

    Congratulations! Yours is my favorite blog. I am always entertained, and sometimes inspired by your posts. Please keep blogging!


  11. anne marie in philly permalink

    well, happy blogiversary! I don’t always comment or read, but when I do I like what I read. please keep it going!


  12. Yay! that;s wonderful – i enjoy both sides – sometimes I save a couple of days so i have a choice of a rant or rave 🙂 but it;s a cool idea and you made it a year…here;s to many more to come 🙂


  13. Congratualtions! Here are the things that I love about your blog:

    I love your varied and engaging topics and I really have learned things from this blog that I haven’t seen or heard anywhere else.

    Your posts are like clockwork in that they are regular and always well written and thought through.

    I like the length. I love that they’re not too long. I follow some really good writers who I want to read, but it sometimes gets daunting and I sometimes end up skipping it because it feels like it’s going to be too big of committement. (I tend to be a bit lazy I guess!)

    I have never, ever seen a typo on your blog!!!

    Anyway, way to go and you are an inspirational blogger!


    • This comment really means a lot to me. I know that you’re a regular reader and I really think you “get” me. I promised myself when I started blogging that I would be consistent. I would post consistently (every morning at 5:00 a.m. CST), no post would ever exceed 500 words (like you, I’d rather read a dozen shorter posts than a couple really long ones) and I would spell-check and proofread every post twice to avoid typos (WordPress makes it so easy). Thank you so much for your kinds words! I hope you’ll keep reading and sharing your thoughts!


      • Your welcome! And it must feel really good to have fulfilled every promise to yourself — which has resulted in your establishing a credible and reliable blog for your readers! I will absolutely keep reading — always a good experience, always something to take away with me! 🙂

        I tend to make lots of typos. I think I’ll start proofreading my posts twice too!


  14. twunty permalink

    I’m a little late to the party but congrats!


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