Sunday, March 11, 2007

A Blog About Nowt: Year 2, Day 1


On Friday night, I said to Wife, "Y'know, maybe I'll just stop tomorrow. One whole year of blogging, then 'So long, and thanks for all the fish. I've been * (asterisk)... Good night!' That sort of thing."

"Yeah, right," she said. "You couldn't do it."

Truth is, maybe I couldn't. Actually, I think I could, as it happens. But, like with drinking alcohol, why would I stop? I like it. It tastes good.

And I've met a lot of what I could almost call friends here in blogland. I don't mean that in a disparaging way when I say "almost". Simply that it's quite difficult when you've never met someone -- in some cases never even seen their faces or know their names -- to consider them friends, but it is amazing how closely you can connect with people out there.

The way you feel when:
people shut down their blogs, and you just want to know they're okay;
people are ill, and you know there's nothing you can do for them;
people experience personal loss, and you just want to hug them;
people have a new baby, and you want to feel her squeeze your finger;
people take more than three days off, and you worry about them...

But there can be personal contact, too. Red and/or I have sent and/or received packages to at least four different bloggers. Again, people we have never met other than in this weird and wonderful Blogger space.

I never would have figured the way things would go, way back on Saturday 11 March 2006. It was just a bit of fun, a way to record some stuff that I might do with the missus, an outlet from the boredom of work a couple of times a day.

Now... Well, let's just say I could easily fill a day going to my favourite blogs and writing my own new posts. Is that insane?

And what else has blogging done for me, except take up much of my spare time and give me lots of new friends?

Well, let me count the ways...

It's made me far more of a photographer than I've ever been before.
It's allowed me (rightly or wrongly) to share some of my music with "the world".
It's reignited my enthusiasm for film-making (albeit thus far in a rather limited way, time constraints being what they are).
I've now got a Flickr account, two MySpace accounts, a YouTube account, several blogs...

All in the space of a year.

It's kind of made me realize that the Internet is so much better than I knew for so long. We are at the dawn -- well, perhaps elevenses -- of a really exciting new era, and I'm happy to be able to share it with a cool, interesting, and diverse group of people based all over the world: the UK, Italy, the United States, the Philippines, Hong Kong...

Most especially, though, of course, I'm most glad that I've been able to share it with Red, who was cynical at the outset. I'm so glad she (graciously) conceded to giving it a go. It wouldn't be half the fun without her.

So, guys -- here's to Year 2. Thanks.



Blogger Red said...

Happy blogiversary, my lovely.

It's gone quickly, hasn't it? And now look! One year's worth of posts, almost 600 entries, and you have magically grown a face!

I'm still half-formed and faceless...

11 March, 2007 11:17  
Blogger Milla said...

Happy happy birthday to Blogaboutnowt!!
Hurrah hurrah! Celebrations all around!
I'm glad I did that New Model Army search last year and came across you (and of course Red and gorgeous Cat).
Is that you on youtube? If so, you're a very handsome mofo, you know that?

Word verification 'mafod'
That's what Pisko says in the morning: 'where'z ma fod, bitch?'

11 March, 2007 12:09  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Red: It's flown by in one way; but it seems way more than a year since Venice. Tempus fugit and all that. My face grew overnight. Weird!

Milla: Grazie, grazie. I remember that you found me via NMA. Not much NMA on here since, though. Is that false advertising?! Handsome mofo, io? Oh, why, thank you... Pisko is funny. And oh so charming!

11 March, 2007 13:08  
Blogger Karen said...

Handsome Mo'fo indeed! Yay! We finally get to see (and hear) the real *A.

Happy blogiversary
Happy blogiversary
Happy blogiversary
HAAAAAAA-PPY blogiversary!

Ok, so my imitation of the Flintstones doesn't really translate when I try to type it. Congratulations babe!

11 March, 2007 14:01  
Blogger Tanya said...

OH!!! It's YOU! ~Without the mask or the jumper covering your face! Congrats!!!!!


Thanks for having such an entertaining blog. Really glad we 'met'.

11 March, 2007 14:04  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Karen: Thank you! The real me, yes. Scary, ain't it? I'm trying to do The Flintstones impression in my head at the same time...

T: I feel quite exposed and naked! I'm glad we met, too.

11 March, 2007 14:40  
Blogger Suze said...

Congratulations Asterisk! Happy Bloggerversary to you and here's to the next year of reading you.


11 March, 2007 15:55  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

wow! a whole and unblurry face!!

congratulations!!! (and please don't stop... that would be devastating)

can't wait to see what this year brings :)

11 March, 2007 16:32  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Suze: Cheers to you, too, girl!

Martha: Yup, all visible and stuff! I'll keep on going, don't worry.

11 March, 2007 17:15  
Blogger martinobhoy said...

All the best for year 2.

Keep fucking swearing!

11 March, 2007 18:32  
Blogger Tanya said...

naked? really? You're wearing a shirt in the video... does that mean you have your trousers down?


11 March, 2007 19:33  
Anonymous Cliff said...

Happy Blogiversary. Here's to the next two years.

11 March, 2007 20:49  
Blogger Lee said...


I know how you love that word!

So nice to put a face on you...I'm glad to have found you and Red. Maybe someday we'll meet at the Oyster Bar in NYC!

11 March, 2007 23:38  
Blogger _z. said...

You are one of the most honest and sincere bloggers I have met on the net so far. And you are also one of the best reads I have had the privilege to read, throughout my blogging experience.

I have learned so much from you; especially on the musical side.

You have been (with Red) tremendously supportive during the war that raged our country. You helped carry the voice of truth to your world; the big world.

YES, you've been "almost" my friend for some time now.

I am honored... my friend.

Please don't stop communicating.

Happy blog year.

Your "almost" friend,


12 March, 2007 01:09  
Blogger Radmila said...

Happy Blogiversary.
This blogging thing certainly is addictive.

I like you (and including you) have met some wonderful people through blogging, and some have become real life friends...When I started on a whim, I couldn't imagine all the great people I would meet, and even though on occasion, I've considered packing it in...I knew I'd be back anyway.


How do I get in on this package sending?

12 March, 2007 03:24  
Blogger Shep said...

Look man - it's you!

(nothing like me...don't know what all the fuss was about...)

Good to see you x

12 March, 2007 06:44  
Blogger Cynnie said...

You do have a face !..
and quite a nice one at that.

I have "met" people in this world that I really do care about.
Blogging has made the world such a teeny place..isnt that cool?
you're practically next door darlin.

12 March, 2007 09:27  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Martino: I fucking will, don't you fucking worry about that.

Tanya: I mean metaphorically.

Cliff: Thanks fella!

Lee: Me, love cunt? What makes you think that? That Oyster Bar meeting sounds perfect. We should definitely do it sometime.

12 March, 2007 10:17  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

_z.: Wow, what kind words. I'm blushing. I was only too happy to be a part of bringing the Lebanon crisis some publicity, albeit in a tiny tiny way compared to what it needed. I shall keep on for the foreseeable future, my friend, no worries.

Radmila: It is addictive, isn't it? And it's so much more inclusive of other people than I had imagined. I thought it would be a pretty solitary pursuit. How wrong can you be?

Shep: Yep, it's me. Now you know my name and my face.

Cynnie: "Quite a nice face"? It's bloody lovely, what're you on about?! It is a tiny world, and that's so cool.

12 March, 2007 10:23  
Blogger mister anchovy said...


12 March, 2007 10:57  
Blogger Pickled Olives said...

Happy Blog anniversary! It's awesome you and Red do this together. I found you and Red off of Studio 23. I lurked a bit before leaving comments with you two. I remember when i realized you were together, I thought: Now, there is a cool couple. I would love for Poor Bill to blog, but he's a very serious sort and can't quite see himself joining me yet. I'll have to keep working on him!

12 March, 2007 13:02  
Blogger Pendullum said...

Happy Happy Anniversary to your dear Blog...
Looking forward to reading more in year 2....

12 March, 2007 15:11  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

"love cunt" "oyster bar" what kind of a blog is this anyways?

I have several things i say...catch phrases, things to break the ice, random things picked up from movies or some event

and one of them which brings howls of lughter to me and makes Stagg laugh is "Tony Blair is a cunt"

I think that is what sealed the deal for me with you and your blog. I laughed the rest of the day.

I might drop a bag of groceries or see someone not scoop their dog poop or bad drivers and I say, "Tony Blair is a cunt" and it makes everything not so frustrating.

Funny that you were hesitant about starting to blog and so was Red. So was I...dragged into it by Mister Anchovy who had been blogging for years. I didn't think I'd have anything to say, ha ha ha ha!

And look at you so productive and wordy, 600 posts in one year, who knew?

I am so glad to meet you online and you give a big laugh and different insight into so many things and I love reading your movie reviews!

Keep on keeping on to another year!


12 March, 2007 15:14  
Blogger Sheamus the... said...

here here

12 March, 2007 16:57  
Blogger ldbug said...

Happy blogversary!

Blog friends, I know what you mean, they're not people you've met, but that doesn't make their friendship any less important:-)

12 March, 2007 20:08  
Blogger Underground Baker said...

Happy Blog Year!!!

And I am so happy now that I know how to say "Nowt".

Thanks for your notes of late...they are greatly appreciated.

I'm starting to get back on my blogging feet. If I stop writing I always think "red and * won't come by for visits if there's nothin' there". So thanks for the inspiration and the pure pleasure I get from reading your posts.

I can send you and red some of those chocolates if you want something in the actual post!

12 March, 2007 21:24  
Blogger Camie Vog said...

Oh my! Happy year one!
Remember how I've said that I've had dreams with you and Red in them?? Holy crap, you look the same in real life, as you did in my dreams. Very weird!! Now it is Red's turn...

Oh, and BabyVog says she'll squeeze your finger anytime!

12 March, 2007 22:05  
Blogger Adam said...

I'm speechless haha, you've revealed your secret identity, it's like you're a real person now!

13 March, 2007 04:12  
Blogger Sheamus the... said...

uh...I just realized I saw your One less mystery in the world. Its actually...weird. Because you look exactly as I imagined. As least your better half is still shrouded in mystery. Here's three cheers for another year.

13 March, 2007 04:12  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Mr A: And to you, sir, thank you.

Olives: We enjoy it. We're simple that way! It would be great if Poor Bill started up. Some people have said that it really shows two sides to a person and a relationship. Which I guess is true.

Pendullum: Thanks petal. I shall keep writing.

13 March, 2007 08:54  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Candy: It's all spiralled out of cunt-rol. Who knew?! I'm glad I'm able to give you something of a "serenity now" moment once in a while! That's very cool. I'm glad to have met you, too, pet.

Shea: Where, where?

LDB: If I were to go back and edit, that's one thing I might change. Lord knows I have many truer friends in blogland than I do in real life. Maybe it's better this way, after all... I agree, then, that blogmates' friendship is at least as important as that of other people in my life.

13 March, 2007 08:56  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

U/Baker: Re the notes, you are most welcome. It's a tough time. I'm happy to have made your acquaintance of late and love popping by to see what's new at your blog, so yeah, you'd better keep it up!

Camie: I know you've said you have this psychic thing going on. Maybe it's that. Or maybe your subconscious brain has pieced together all the bits of my face from the past year. Like you didn't have enough to think about! I don't think Red will do it. And I've deleted mine now, too. It was a time-limited offer! I had BabyVog in mind when I wrote that.

Adam: No, no, no. I've gone back in time and changed it!

Shea: Noooooo. And just like that, it was gone.

13 March, 2007 09:01  
Blogger Tanya said...

oooh. you removed your video. Excellent! I thought I had been thwarted. Now I can do the cartoon I wanted to do AND ask the big question: is * a Ninja?

13 March, 2007 09:07  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

nearly stopped after a year. Tried a new one then came back. No place like home. Happy bloggoversary mate

13 March, 2007 11:32  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Tanya: Yeah. I always thought I'd remove it after a week, but even two days proved too long! That's the big question? Of course I'm a ninja!

4D: No place like home... Quite right. Cheers, 4D.

13 March, 2007 11:35  
Blogger Tanya said...

no need to do the post then.

13 March, 2007 12:49  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

T: No, go on, do it, do it!

13 March, 2007 13:20  
Blogger Tanya said...

*sigh*... If I must....


(Watch out for it over the next couple of days. don't have my crayons or scanner at work....)

13 March, 2007 13:36  
Blogger Odat said...

Happy Blog's funny that I met you on your one year....I too considered stopping after a year...but i just can't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!And it's so worth it, meeting all these new blog buddies....

13 March, 2007 16:17  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

T: Huzzah! I'll keep me eyes open (though I'm not about much tomorrow).

Odat: Thank you! It is worth keeping on going, that's for sure.

13 March, 2007 18:14  
Blogger Spangly Princess said...

Congratulations. keep it up! and I'm sad I missed the video, I've been away from the computer, dammit!

13 March, 2007 23:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

u 2 r awesome

15 March, 2007 03:06  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Spangly: Maybe there'll be others. But probably not.

DP: Thanks, bro.

15 March, 2007 08:49  

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