Seven Years of Watatting

“So I write about things like: What is a friend? How do you keep a friend? How does what you do by accident change your environment and how do you come to grips with that? Wouldn’t it be cool to drive a bus? You know, the sort of fundamental, deep emotional questions that we all have.”
-Mo Willems in “Why Books? The Zena Sutherland Lecture,” The Horn Book Magazine (November/December 2011)

Seven years ago today, I posted my very first entry at watat.com, appropriately titled “Hey! Wow! I Don’t Know What I’m Doing!

I still don’t know what I’m doing.

I’m glad to be here, though, and I’m glad that people choose to be here with me. Watat has taught me to look at life more sharply, to see the stories going on around me every day, whether I wind up posting about them or not. The blog’s helped me think through a lot in my life. It reminds me all the time that people think about the same things I do, that people care about me and the things that are important to me. I love the conversation, the community, and my friends and family chiming in.

My life has changed a lot in the last seven years, and a lot has stayed the same. Looking back, I am grateful. Looking forward, I wonder what the next seven years will bring.

I have no idea.

And that is awesome.

19 Comments

  1. momster
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    I still remember that email I got from you while you were in class…Happy anniversary!

  2. Posted December 23, 2011 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Happy anniversary! I freakin’ love this place.

  3. Posted December 23, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Happy Blogversary! The Eight Balls, the cats, the Lucas (and now Max) episodes… plus the book talking (of course) – it’s all a hoot. Glad you’re here.

  4. skb
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    I love how you invented the verb “watatting.”

  5. adrienne
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Thanks all around!

    Momster, That class changed my life a little. You never know when that’s going to happen.

    Jules, Ditto 7-Imp.

    Tanita, Thank you! I’m glad you’re here in the blogosphere, too.

    SKB, Queens such as myself can do that kind of thing. It’s in the rules.

  6. Jenmcmitchell
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    I like knowing that people think the same way I do, it makes the world a little less scary.
    I mean, if Miss A is thinking the same thing, then I can’t be crazy. Right?
    (right?)

    Do you have any favorite entries from the past couple years? Anything you can’t believe you blogged? Anything that got more of a reaction than expected?

  7. adrienne
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Right. Either that or we’re crazy together, in which case it’s still okay.

    The entry that got the most comments ever is an old one: http://www.watat.com/?p=862. I love this entry. Not because I wrote anything profound, as I only posted a poem that day, but because of the debate that ensued among some of my dearest friends over the worth of Wallace Stevens which then morphed into a debate about copyright. Throughout, people were alternating between criticizing me and defending me, and also poor Wallace Stevens, who kept getting kind of lost in the shuffle. The Oxford comma came up. There was swearing. Every time I read through those comments I laugh my head off and love everyone who commented with every little corner of my heart.

    I’ve never blogged about anything that I’ve regretted. I am careful to keep some things to myself, and it’s true that I am almost never telling my best stories here. I’ll put all those other ones in a book someday maybe, though, and make some money off it. That’s my mantra.

    Favorites over the last couple years? I can’t even think of what I’ve written about. I’m really pleased that I’m back to doing Poetry Friday most weeks, and I enjoy writing a lot of those posts. This is one where I helped myself think clearly: http://www.watat.com/?p=2021. That felt like a turning point for me, that realization, and life’s been getting progressively better since then. Then there’s this one that documents part of a day I’ll never forget: http://www.watat.com/?p=1949.

    I kind of post and forget about things, and I hardly ever look back and read old entries, unless I’m looking for something specific I want to link to. I’m like that about a lot of my writing. Once it’s written and published, I’m kind of done with it.

  8. Posted December 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    “to see the stories going on around me every day”

    I love that. Happy Blogversary!

  9. adrienne
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks!

  10. Posted December 25, 2011 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    Really, I think, the whole purpose of WATAT has and always will be, once focused through a very particular prism, a singular and large debate about the Oxford comma.

    I re-read some of the comments on the Stevens entry and I think it’s best summed up by this:

    “It is a *Prooven Fact* that people who don’t use the oxford comma are self-centered assholes.”

    Oh, and there was some talk about copyright law and I often think about to this day.

  11. adrienne
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    I almost quoted that, too, Jeffrey.

    You know, it’s not like we’re even really debating the Oxford comma, as everyone has conceded the point. It’s more that we are in a self-satisfied way going over and over the fact that we are right about it and that everyone who doesn’t use it is an asshole. I believe we have called these people assholes, specifically, multiple times.

    The copyright discussion changed how I do Poetry Friday, and I rarely change my behavior based on other people telling me I should. So that’s something.

  12. momster
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    “…but the hearts of men are easily corrupted and the ring has a will of its own…” Tolkien-The Fellowship of the Ring

    Merry Christmas!

  13. adrienne
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas! I’ll be doing a Christmas entry later today, after I go to Tammy’s to see if Santa got me that thesaurus and dictionary of synonyms I asked for.

  14. Posted December 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Was there any doubt that Ronclaus would come thru?

  15. Posted December 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Oh! Hey! Happy seven years!

  16. adrienne
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Tonderdo, Well, he did seem baffled by my wanting those books, but bless him, he got them.

    Thanks, Travis!

  17. Posted December 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    He’s baffled by much of what we do but he stick with us.

  18. Posted January 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    I’ve rethought it. I meant to say “lengthy and determined rumination on the Oxford comma.”

  19. adrienne
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Jeffrey, This comment is an example of why you must always be in my life.

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