Wednesday, March 30, 2011

So Today Is My One Year Blogiversary...

A year ago today, I created this blog and wrote in it for the very first time.

I had a lot to say on that inaugural day. So much that I posted twice, actually. After my melodramatic introduction, I launched into a bunch of idealistic babble about why I needed to travel the country.

Looking back on that first set of posts is quite strange. It's hard to believe a year has already gone by since I was freaking out about graduating from college and planning the Jack Kerouac-style adventure that never happened. Wasn't that just last month or something?

At the same time, it seems like an entire lifetime ago. I lived in a different town back then. I was still in school. I had completely different friends. I had vague goals for after college, but none of them involved breaking up with my boyfriend, moving into a commune, and starting my solo music career.

I guess you can say I've changed a lot in the past year. It feels like I have, anyway. But then I look at some of the words I wrote last year at this time, and I realize I am exactly the same.

The following excerpt is from Tuesday, March 30, 2010...

I live in America, where all functional members of society are expected to go to school until they obtain a degree that will land them their job of choice. This job will then pay for all the expenses of life but drain the life out of a person in the process.

I'm not ready for that. I don't know if I'll ever be.

The truth is, I've spent my whole life just wanting to make music. That is what really makes me happy. But I've also spent my whole life hearing people laugh when I say that all I really want to be in life is a rock star. People think it's a joke. People think it's impractical. People don't understand why I can't just be "normal" and go after a job that will make good money and suck out my soul in the process.

I'm done listening to those people.


A year later, I'm still sitting here thinking I want to make music for a living. But I'm also beginning to feel skeptical. My friends from my "old life" are quickly becoming balloons in the orbit of society and I'm wondering if I missed the memo. Even the guy that was going to travel the country with me in the name of trash rock now wears collared shirts and uses words like "investment."

But I'm too stubborn to give up on the crazy dreams I have. If I turn out to be the next best failure, at least my stories will be more interesting than most.

Anyway, I'm beginning to get all introspective. The Universe is probably going to show up and demand a cup of coffee if I don't knock it off.

I know I've said this before, but it never ceases to amaze me that people actually read and follow this funny little blog. A year ago, my audience consisted of my bandmate and my mother. Now I have nearly 80 followers. This blows my mind. I was even blogger of the month over at 20 something bloggers. The amount of encouragement you guys have given me is unreal and I am thankful for all of you guys. I didn't expect this to happen a year ago, but I definitely think of some of you as friends (The Transatlantic Support Group is totally proof that you can make friends over the Internet!).

So, thank you for making my first year of blogging a good experience. And thank you for putting up with rambling, self-reflective, link-loaded entries such as this one.

Here's to another year of "lauren vs. reality."

I'm off to acquire some more coffee. Over and out.


  1. Hooray! Happy blogiversary. I'm glad that you stuck with it, and I'm always glad that I found your blog. If it makes you feel better, I view you as a rock star. =]

  2. Happy one year blogiversary! That's an awesome achievement! Keep it up! I love your blog!

  3. Happy Blogiversary! I actually have my 2nd year anniversary coming up - yikes!

    Funny how things can change and stay the same - If I look back at my life a year ago I was working the same shitty job, but I've also met new friends and have improved myself a lot.

    And yes, you can make friends on the internet. I might be skeptical of Online Dating - but I am a believer in online friendship. I think it's awesome to find people more like you through blogging.

    Keep it up!

  4. congrats! and i loved your excerpt from last honest i fucking loved it.

  5. Some people just aren't meant to live by a 9 to 5. I don't think I am either and am trying my best to find a way to make a living out of what I love. I wish you all the best, and HAPY BLOGGYVERSARY!!

  6. I could have written your exact same initial blog a few years ago, and I would never take back the couple years I spent living like a Jack Kerouac novel. I wish that I could have kept a better account of that time so your blog is a great way to never forget. I will say that even though I live a much more subdued life than I ever planned, I am happy and remind myself that life would be so boring if we had it all figured out;)

  7. happy blogiversary!!! keep it up, I love your writing!!! :)

  8. Happy blogiversary! I think it takes great courage to pursue your dream; a lot of people want to do that and talk about doing it without actually doing it. I've been in grad school for what feels like forever, to the point that it does sometimes feel draining. But it's part of the pursuit of my own dream of becoming a professor, even if it means I occasionally have to work minimum-wage part-time jobs to support myself while other people my age are earning six figures and buying houses.

  9. Happy Bloggyversary Lauren <3

  10. :D Thank you so much, everyone. Really. I <3 you guys.

  11. Hey Lauren :) I found your blog maybe a few months ago and really like it. Just wanted to say I can relate to having friends from college who have normal careers while I...don't. Unfortunately, my art didn't pan out so I'm in a weird place sort of in between artists like you and normal career people like our friends. But I admire the creative people in this world, I do! All the best to you and your musical pursuits!

  12. Happy Belated Blogiversary Lauren!

    It doesn't surprise me one bit that you've had so many followers and been recognized on 20sb as blogger of the month. You're hilarious, insightful, and the kind of person EVERYONE wants to be friends with :)


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