A Year in Blogging.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Hello, dear friends!

Earlier in the week, I had my one year blogiversary. (Hooray!)

On December 22nd, 2008 I started writing my blog, just a small town girl. Initially, the blog was born in the hopes of distracting myself from the cabin fever I was experiencing after being snowed in with my family for over a week. It all started with this post, but what began as an activity to keep me from going straight up bananas turned into so much more. In a matter of just a few days, I was hooked. In fact, I was in love with blogging.

Maybe I should share here that I have always fancied myself a bit of a writer. (A little fact I have not always been comfortable expressing.) Words are one of the great loves of my life and this blog has given me the opportunity and the freedom to express myself in ways I couldn't before. Now, trust me, as someone who had been in graduate school since the beginning of time (or at least since Brad and Jennifer were together), writing for fun was not an option for a very, very long time. just a small town girl gave me the space to indulge in writing solely for the sake and for the love of it... not for a grade, not for a paper, but just because.

So, here we are. A little over a year later and, oh, what a year it has been. just a small town girl has been here to document it all. From being hung over on hope, to struggling with whether or not to blog about my boyfriend, to writing about what I would tell my younger self (my very favorite post, fyi), to the art of being down in the dumps. From my penchant for fish faces to the great love of my parents to Death Cab for Cutie. Then, somewhere along the way, a few of you magically started reading what I really only wrote for myself and my mother. So, with a new audience (of around eleven), I introduced myself and blogged on. The death of the beloved Dorothy Zbornak. My decision to move to Las Vegas. The journey of my own love story. My love affair with Mexico. Shaking my booty to choreographed dances from the eighth grade. I wrote about it all.

Then I finished graduate school, packed my bags and moved to Vegas. I felt more hopeful and excited than I ever had before, but I also felt more scared. Through it all, I blogged. I fell in love with my new life and learned some crazy lessons in my new city. From the passing of MJ to writing a letter to Jon Gosselin to my pounding puppy clock, I blogged. I blogged about the Biggie Smalls to my Puff Daddy and the hurt I thought I would never get over. The words kept coming. My favorite place in Vegas (and my second favorite place). My facebook fantasy status updates. The trip that changed my life. The old lady version of myself. I wrote and I wrote, but no post meant more to me than this one.

One year and 143 posts later, I am still just as excited to sit down and blog as I was that first day. It may sound incredibly cheesy, and for that I'm sorry, but taking the time to write has changed my life. Yes, there are a few changes I want to make in the next year to le blog, but more than anything, just a small town girl feels like a home away from home, a little space in the world where I can truly be myself. Even if no one ever reads a single word I've written here, the act of writing brings me comfort, but the fact that I have become a part of a larger community of bloggers is nothing short of amazing.

So, thank you. Thank you for taking the time to come to my little blog and read a little or a lot and thank you for making me feel, more than anything else, less alone in the world.

Happy blogging to you!


  1. Happy Blog Bday!!! I am so glad you started this blog...and that we got to MEET! Actually MEEEET real life yo! :)

    I love you, bug. love love love you. xoxo!

  2. Congrats on your blog-o-versary! I love it!

  3. a writer you are!! and i'm so glad i've been along for the ride, and i can't wait to see what's still in store! and the letter to your father was my favorite too. unbelievably touching.

  4. Happy happy blog birthday, lovely!! I've enjoyed EVERYTHING you've written so far-- it's all been wonderful :) here's wishing you another tremendous year in the blogosphere xoxo

  5. love this post!!! HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY and please never stop blogging.

    "Words are one of the great loves of my life" =
    your words are perfection.


  6. I am so happy you decided to start blogging and that I somehow stumbled upon just a small town girl. Your blog continues to inspire me.

  7. You started blogging about the same time I did! It's so fun to read back over things you've written and see how much can happen in just a year. Happy blogging!

  8. congratulations on one year!

    i am so glad that you started blogging and that we have become friends and i can't wait to meet you one day!

  9. Congrats on one year! It's so amazing to look back, isn't it?

    I love your blog. You truly are a great writer and I can't wait to see what else you write about!

    Also: Feb = Vegas

  10. Congrats on the milestone lady!! It's been a fabulous ride!!

  11. YAY! Happy Blogiversary!

    Love your blog and so glad to have met you in the blogosphere! :)