It’s interesting to observe the life cycle of a blogger. When you first start to blog, you find all of these sites that are new to you, all of these cool ideas, all of these great widgets and so forth. You link to others and leave comments, hoping that someone will notice you.
As time goes on, you become more a part of the community. There are the sites you read daily, and you feel as if they are your best friends, even if you have never met yet. You become part of a social circle – or many social circles. You meet people, you participate in the good, and sometimes in the bad.
Somewhere in there, some people quit blogging all together. Others continue on, although their format and their style may change. They may open up more, or less. Most of the time, you can spot the more seasoned blogger. Hopefully they handle things differently, and most notable is that the things that matter shift over time. It is truly interesting to observe.
One of the things I remember wishing for long ago, when I first started to blog, was to be picked as a “Best of the Cool Daily Pick.” A site much older than this blog, it has been around since 1997. 6 years is forever in Internet terms. Joe Jenett has had other projects that I have participated in, including the Ageless Project. He also had a portal site that is now gone which I linked to for a long time. Basically, he is one of the “old school” people online to me – the ubercool that you can’t help but admire. Faith, Patti, and Miz Kitty are also in this category for me, in case you wondered – people that I thought were hip before I even had my very first web page, long before this blog.
As a fairly seasoned blogger, there aren’t too many milestones left for me. I’ve met a lot of bloggers and I’ve done a lot of things. Today I hit a new milestone though, one I had almost given up on in a way. It feels so good and I am absolutely giddy to learn that I was picked as today’s Best of the Cool Daily Pick! I know it may not seem like much to anyone else, but for me it has been a long time dream. Sometimes it is the little things that bring you great amounts of joy.
Thank you Joe for the honor. I am truly touched by your kind and flattering words.