Ten Tiny Turtles on the Telephone

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Today this blog is ten years old. I feel like I should say something really profound, but depth eludes me right now.

I’m what I’ve heard many of us refer to as an “Old School Blogger”. I’ve been around the blogging block, as it were. Really, blogging was the original social network. Believe it or not, we used do this thing where we would read and leave comments on other people’s blog posts and they would do the same in return. The mind, it reels.  This was a thing, I swear.

I’ve met the majority of the people in my life thanks to the Internet and blogging, specifically. Since this blog started, I met some of my dearest friends, people I call family; I finally traveled to another country, wrote a book about blogging and began a thriving web design business I’m really proud of.

On the flip side, I lost 100 lbs and gained a bunch back in front of everyone, which wasn’t really, you know, the plan, but all you can do is dust your ample ass off and start again.

Through blogging, I’ve seen friends experience great joy and sadness, loss, hope, triumph and so many manicures I can’t count.  I have experienced the best and worst of people. I’ve been vilified and mocked, but mostly I’ve been embraced, uplifted and cheered on when I’ve deviated from my usual social observations to bare my soul, however rarely.

If I may get a little soft focus on you, I’m grateful for blogs, for connecting me to people… for connecting me to you. Thanks for the decade, chickens. :)

New-ish in Life, thoughts
  • 1/22/13 21:47 Nina Bargiel:

    I’d buy your blog a drink even though she’s only 10.

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    • 1/23/13 9:19 Joelle:

      I won’t tell the authorities. ;)

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  • 1/22/13 21:47 Nina Bargiel:

    I’d buy your blog a drink even though she’s only 10.

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  • 1/23/13 6:25 Theresa:

    Only 10? Are you sure? I think I started blogging in 2001 and I’m pretty sure you were around then. I’m not good at math, but I think that’s 12 years? Unless you’re not counting various other blog incarnations. This is making me feel old : I, too, am grateful for blogs that connected me to people like you and Kathy in the pre-Twitter, pre-Facebook dark ages of the internet. :)

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  • 1/23/13 9:19 Joelle:

    Aw, me too. And yes, only 10. But, I’ve been online a lot longer. I’ve been blogging, before it was blogging, via HTML on my oldest site, joellapalooza.com from 1996-1999 and then also ran a chick-centric message board community called newgirlorder.org for a few years before I started this blog on January 22, 2003. :)

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  • 1/23/13 10:44 Kathy:

    BOK BOK

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  • 1/23/13 11:05 Annika Barranti:

    Hooray for ten-year-old blogs! Mine turned ten in August. We’re practically twins! (No we’re not. But never mind.)

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    • 1/23/13 11:26 Joelle:

      Thanks, Annika! I feel I’ve been blogging for so much longer… getting old, I guess. :D Congrats on your blog birthday, too!

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  • 1/23/13 11:20 Sizzle:

    Congratulations on ten years! That’s quite an accomplishment. I don’t know how I found your blog but I’m really glad I did. It’s been fun to be internet friends and I hope some day we get to have a drink in person some day.

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  • 1/23/13 11:25 Joelle:

    Thanks, Siz! We definitely need to get together. :)

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  • 1/23/13 11:40 Joe Crawford:

    Congratulations, and here’s to many more years of Tenth-Musings!

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  • 1/23/13 13:15 jozjozjoz:

    Love from another “Old School Blogger!” I guess that’s better than just “Old Blogger…” To another 10 years of a rockin’ blog!

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    • 1/24/13 11:27 Joelle:

      Thanks, Joz! We’ve been around a while, eh? ;)

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  • 1/23/13 18:14 Ash:

    Wow! It seems like it has been more than ten years since I started reading your blog. LOL. I have enjoyed reading your posts over the years. Don’t ever stop!

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  • 1/24/13 11:27 Joelle:

    Thank you, Ash! :D

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  • 1/24/13 12:53 Lake:

    Congratulations!! I’m a long time lurker from the Donut days. Thanks for blogging!

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  • 1/25/13 13:14 Joelle:

    Thanks, Lake! I appreciate it. :)

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