Coming Soon: A Blogging Update PSA
The year was 2009. Maybe it was 2010. Either way I was in my first two years at West Point and there were some rough days. I used to wait eagerly for Tuesday afternoons, when Allie Brosh updated her blog, Hyperbole and a Half. I’d try to read the new entries slowly, but they were too funny, and I would end up reading them as fast as I could, then read them again more slowly, savoring them, enjoying the illustrations, laughing so hard I cried. They made me so happy.
And then there were the weeks she didn’t update on time. Or at all.
I’d read old entries. I’d refresh the screen idly, hoping that maybe a new entry would appear. I’d drool on my keyboard, praying to the gods of the Internet to be kind.
Eventually she stopped updating, consolidated her cartoons into a book (which I own, duh), and now many of her cartoons are memes so ubiquitous that people don’t even know their origins. (Last week someone referred to her “CLEAN ALL THE THINGS” self-portrait from her entry, “This is Why I’ll Never Be an Adult” as “the girl with the fire stick, haha that one is so funny.” What. That is not a girl with a fire stick; that is Cartoon Allie Brosh with a broom, you ignorant wench.) So that’s that.
I never updated weekly like Allie did, so hopefully you never sat sadly at your keyboard, drooling and hitting refresh, hoping for an update from me (if you did, that was a lot of weeks of drool, and I apologize. Here’s a bottle of water. Hydrate up, champ). So there’s the plus side.
On the down side, I’ve been quite negligent, and my most devoted fans have reminded me of this fact rather lovingly, and encouraged me to get off my convalescent butt and write. You might have noticed that there was a three-month break between the most recent entries, and that they were both book reviews.
“Book reviews!” you cry. “We don’t want these wretched book reviews! We want humor and wit! We want to laugh at your misfortune and clumsiness! Get typing, you cripple!” (Oh yeah, I had hip surgery again, so I won’t be running away any time soon if you come after me with torches and pitchforks. So it would be kind of you to give me a head start.)
So to give you hope for the future, I want to reassure you that I have been far less drugged-up and lazy during this second period of convalescence following my hip surgery than I was during my first, and I have a few drafts in the works of blog entries coming your way. (Promise.)
Here’s what you have to look forward to in the coming weeks:
- Shopping tips for the child-at-heart (i.e. how I managed to shop at Disney World and yet did not fall into crippling debt)
- The Third Annual Margo Awards (late, as per tradition)
- and, Responsible pet ownership (i.e. why spaying your fur babies should constitute a personal day from work)
In the meantime, feel free to follow my growing Instagram addiction:
- @livingbookishly for all things literary
- @fitfierceandlovely for all things fitness
- @ladybettybunny for all things Dragon Bunny
- @duchesslovelylocks for…well, this is just my Instagram. The rest are because I have decided I like to compartmentalize.