Monday, April 30, 2007

Culture Kills celebrates its Blogiversary

I started this blog early on the morning of April 28, 2006, or late late in the evening of April 27th(it was 2:22 AM), with no direction in mind, no real idea of where I would end up when I started out here at Blogger, and what a year(and 2 days) it has been.

For instance, I didn't know that in the space of roughly 24 hours at the end of every week that I would be handing out an award and putting together a comic at this time last year, but somehow I ended up doing both, though at times I am not particularly adept at the latter. And yet, that is exactly what has come to pass.

I've alluded to the freeform way this blog came together in a few posts throughout the year, and looking back at the things I've written about always surprises me. This is not a clip show however, as I've done enough of those. No, this is just a simple, understated celebration of another one of those milestones a blog has.

But I thought it would be funny to, I don't know, look back at what I said in my very first post at Culture Kills and see just how accurate my predictions really were:

This is not a high wire act. If I fail, then I am willing to accept that and go on.I just hope that the third time truly is the charm.


Hitting the one year mark is a good sign, and knowing that I have put down approximately 3 times more entries during this year than I did at my previous two blogs combined is also good for my esteem and the future of this blog.

I sort of feel like I am moving into a new apartment here… it is a little plain at the moment and the place needs a little sprucing up. Of course, it will take me a little time to get the place to better reflect my tastes and sensibilities (but I pray, not my housekeeping skills, because no one needs to see that). For starters, this blog’s name may change, as “Culture Kills… wait, I mean cutlery” may not really reflect what I am doing in this little green backwater of the blogosphere, so I may have to roll with what’s going on.


Let's see, I stayed at Culture Kills, and I did indeed stay green... though I don't know if I am in the backwaters or now. Part of me still thinks it is a little bit of a stupid name. I was contemplating moving away from the trademark plaid background of the site as well this week, but really, it is tacky and oh so me. It is like a nice warm blanket that I wrap around myself to keep me warm. I mean, what would I go to? Polka dots? Stripes? Random strings of flashing obscenities?

Nah. The Tartan is staying.

To begin with, I am… how shall I put this mildly. I’m cranky. Not in a bad way or anything. My crankiness is woven from the finest materials, the rich Corinthian leathers of the cultural universe if you will. Sometimes I am entertaining, sometimes I am annoying… and you have to take the good with the bad.


Yep... I am still as bitchy as ever. In fact, I am just a walker and housecoat away from being one of those grumpy old men who yell at kids for playing on my lawn.

Will you laugh? You just might. Will you continue to read this blog (by whatever name it takes)? Only time will tell.


Well, I did stick around, and I know a lot of you were around during my first few weeks, so I guess that held true as well. Of course, I've made quite a few more friends throughout the blogging world as well, and there are a few new things up my sleeve for the upcoming year as well. And for the bloggers out there that stoppped blogging during the past year, here's hoping you come back and do some of your best work. I feel like pouring a 40 on the street for those who no longer rock us with their blogging words, but alas, that is a waste of perfectly good alcohol, so I can't do it.

So what will the future hold for Culture Kills? As my past self said 367 days ago: Only Time will tell.

24 comments:

Burbanked said...

Happy Blog-Birthday-Plus-Two. I may not have been a regular at the beginning, but your simple and kind act of bestowing a Transmundanity award on me (Week 36!) made all the difference in the world.

I'm a big fan. Congrats on the milestone. Yours is a fun, fresh voice that I enjoy reading each day and I hope you keep up the great work.

Mel said...

Matt, I'm glad you stayed, and I'm glad you're here now. And I totally wouldn't say you're cranky, or if you are, you're the nicest cranky person I've ever met. :)

MC said...

Burbanked: And I hope Tom Hagen enjoys the wonderful world of Rebel vs. Empire action. *can never get enough of being called fun and fresh*. Now, to figure out why I suddenly want an orange and some Sunny Delight.

Mel: I use my cranky for good, not evil. ;)

Karl said...

Happy blog anniversary, dude. May you rock and roll for years to come.

Hilly said...

Happy Blogiversary Matt! You rock, you roll and you deserve the best!

Bluesky_Liz said...

I hope you keep writing this blog for a long time to come. It's one of the handful of blogs I will actually come back to read. And, I think I've gotten used to the backgrounds. Just fine.

- Liz

MC said...

Karl: And my California continue to bring you wonders. Thank you.

Hilly: Thank you. Hope the puke came off the camera.

Liz: We have a long history in the bloggerverse, and I am glad I can still call you a friend and peer.

DutchBitch said...

Aaaaahhh! Happy Blogiversary! Mine is on May 5!

Jim Squires said...

Happy birthday, Culture Kills! Here's to another 367 days! :D

Paul said...

Happy anniversary, MC! Glad you stuck with it - and thanks for all your help when I was in my first blogging days (daze?). Now, to get me one of them awards...

Mayren said...

Huzzah!!!!!!

Thanks for hanging out in the blogosphere! *huggles*

Happy Blogaversary!

Rev. Qelqoth said...

I've ordered a pint-sized midget stripper for your blog's second birthday.

I know it's not that old but they have to know about biology at some point.

Besides, you should see what that midget can do with crazy string and golf balls!

MC said...

Dutchy: And from looking at your first post last year, I am under the impression that you had been around the blogging world at least once before?

Jim: Well, that is how long a year is to me. ;)

Paul: You do the right things in any given week and it can happen to you too.

Mayren: Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! May your armies always be victorious.

Qelqoth: As long as tiny clowns and a baby elephant aren't involved, I think it will all be good.

Paul Levinson said...

Well, happy anniversary, Matt - always a pleasure to run into a fellow traveller appreciator of popular culture...

Paul

MC said...

It was a pleasure making your acquaintance this week Mr. Levinson. :)

Semaj said...

Man, that was a great post. I tend to look back at my first month of blogging and cringe.

back in the beginning, my posts were a little more personal and less pop culture/reviews.

Happy Blogiversary!

I'm glad I've become a blogging friend. I've always got a kick out of your posts.

Keep up the good work, MC

Jess said...

I'm running a few days late here, but congratulations on your blogiversary! Here's to another great year!

MC said...

Semaj: But you also have to remember that I had some experience under my belt when I wrote that post here.

Jess: I'll drink to that.

Jeremy Barker said...

My belated congrats to you as well MC. It's been good to get to know you - such as it is - and perhaps we'll even meet some day. I don't think we've seen the last of each other yet. Keep doin' what yer doin'.

MC said...

I don't think we've seen the last of each other either. ;)

gary said...

It's a bit late, but happy blogiversary, MC.

MC said...

Hey it is totally cool. The party is still going on.

Chris said...

Huzzah for the blog-keep! I can attest to how much of a pain in the ass running a blog can be, especially one like this that tries to generate entertaining material. Good job!

MC said...

Oh... those days when you've got absolutely nothing... the tank is empty... those ones will test you.