No, it’s not my birthday! It’s my blog, Square Piece’s, birthday!
This time last year, after years of ignoring the urge to write, I finally produced my first, little post. It was a humble post written after a long, hard day. (In the later months, I explained the details of what had transpired in The Birth of Square Piece; take a minute and discover what pushed me over the edge. It’s not every day that a cop shows up on your door step.) In my first few posts, you’ll see that my “Momma Comments” were only “Donna Comments” at the time. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback that my readers love my posts, sure, but they also love seeing what Momma has to say about them. Momma has a reaction to each post and I love that she shares those reactions with us. (In the beginning, if I didn’t see her comment within the hour, I’d have to call and inquire, “Did you reeeeeeeeead Square Piece yet? You haven’t commented.”)
My second post, however, was less humble as I began my journey into two categories: The Husband Funnies and Incidents. They both began as I recalled the infamous Cottage Cheese Incident. If you don’t already know, my husband, Brian Spears, pre-approves every post in which I write about him. Embarrassing him is never my goal. On the contrary, we find a lot of entertainment in laughing at ourselves and, I’m sure you’ve noticed, don’t need to resort to belittling others for amusement.
My favorite series in which we’ve laughed at Brian has GOT to be The Dreadlock Incident.
My favorite series in which we’ve laughed at ME has GOT to be The Christmas Tree Incident.
If you’ve been keeping up, you know that I’ve written e.v.e.r.y s.i.n.g.l.e day since then. Brian and I even turned our cell phones into hot spots for the week that we vacationed in Illinois so that I could keep up with Square Piece. Had we not done that, I wouldn’t have been able to share Vacation Day 8, Ross’ Leather Pants. There you’ll see that sometimes silliness can merge with reflection and make for a Chicken-Soup-For-the-Soul kinda moment.
It took a while for everyone to catch on that this is a daily blog. Being that I work a full-time job (Why I’m Your Hairstylist – it’s a good one!), sometimes I post at 12:01 A.M., and sometimes I post at 11:55 P.M.; but I always post once a day. If you haven’t seen the post show up on Facebook, that doesn’t mean that nothing’s posted. Nope, Facebook is just one avenue in which readers have access to the latest post. But (and many readers have expressed surprise about this) Square Piece isn’t actually linked to Facebook in any capacity other than to get the word out. Square Piece is its OWN website (www.IWantASquarePiece.com). Therefore, for the readers who have subscribed via email (option on the right sidebar), I – Square Piece herself – am the only one who has access to your email addresses. There is no other website with whom I’ve entered into agreement to be able to run Square Piece; so I consider this a safe place. While it wasn’t free to build and run my site as it would have been if I used Google’s Blogger, privacy and individuality was a gift that I was willing to afford for myself.
And what a gift it has been! Square Piece has been the source of much laughter and countless smiles in this household. Even Brian gets a kick out of all the feedback.
So thank you for being a part of Square Piece’s first birthday! Please join me in my little celebration!
(Perhaps a good “birthday gift” would be to share Square Piece with your friends, posting something like, “This blog has caused me to think/laugh/smile/etc. a lot in the past year,” and maybe include a link to a specific post that you’ve enjoyed.)