So A Year Ago I Started This Blog…
Well folks, it’s official. “Until I Get Married” is one year old. In honor of the day, this is the first of two posts. At the bottom of this post you can click to the second one entitled, “Girls You Shouldn’t Fall For: The Confusingly Pretty Girl Edition”, if you haven’t read it already.
I really don’t know what to say because I still don’t know whether or not I intended to be doing it for this long when I started it. But here we all are, one year later, and though people usually like to say things like, “Wow it went by so fast,” I don’t feel that way at all. As a matter of fact, I feel like it’s taken me a long time to get here, but I’m fine with that because I plan on doing this for a very long time.
For the last year, I have written five days a week the majority of weeks and I can’t say it’s been easy. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do as a writer. But the fact is, I’m also now obsessed with maintaining this blog. I don’t think I could stop even if I wanted to.
My main mission with UIGM was to start the kind of relationship blog people could relate to, not just debate with or bounce ideas off. Like I always tell folks, the key word in the title of my blog is I because it’s about me, but it’s for everyone.
Since I started this blog, a lot has happened to me and I have chosen to share most of it, for better or worse. There was the death of one of my best friends, the wedding of another best friend and my quest to find a date for the occasion. I became an uncle for the first time and I struggled with the one year anniversary of my biological father’s death.
All of this stuff and more has happened to me and for whatever reason I always put it out there. I don’t do it because I think so many people care about what I went through. I do it because I think so many people have gone through similar things, and whenever I post some of my more personal posts, it’s refreshing to see comments that say things along the lines of, “I went through that same thing.” Things like that confirm the feeling I had when I started this blog; the feeling that my story isn’t a unique one, so much as it is a shared one, and someone out there has to know what I’m going through because they went through it too.
I want to sincerely thank every single person who has ever read my post. For me, it’s been an honor to write for you and believe me when I say, I have no plans to stop anytime soon. If anything, this is just the beginning, so be on the look out for some more things in the coming months from UIGM. My business partner and I are doing everything we can to take this concept to the next level and I hope you come along for that journey.
Now before I get out of here, a couple of things I’m going to ask from all of you.
The first is very important because I’m only going to ask this once, and the favor has a time limit. Here it is:
Because of you all, I am nominated in four different categories for this year’s Black Weblog Awards. The categories in which I’m nominated are as follows
Best Sex/Relationships Blog
Best Personal Blog
Best Writing In A Blog
Blog of the Year
Before I ask anything of you guys, let me first say thank you for this honor. Nominees are decided by votes, so to be nominated in all of these categories is a testament to the support you all give me. It’s a humbling thing just to be on the list.
Of course now, I would like to win at least one. But I’m not going to be stumping for votes between now and the August 31 deadline. This will pretty much be the only time I ask you all to vote for me, though I do believe you can vote more than once. So here’s the link to the ballots. Thank you again, to all who have supported me and honored me with enough votes to get me nominated. If I win anything, I’ll celebrate.
Now for the second favor:
Back when I wrote my 200th post in April, I asked all those who read my blog to go into the comments section and tell me how long they’ve been reading UIGM, where they’re from, and how they discovered the blog. Well, since then I’ve received quite a few more readers, and I would appreciate for those who have come along after April or never left a comment on my 200th post to please do so in honor of my one year anniversary. The greatest joy I get from doing this blog is knowing it’s being read by people from all over, so this is your opportunity to reveal yourself and let me know where you all are from and how you got here.
Once again thank you to everyone for the support. It’s been one hell of a year. Enjoy the ride as I keep it going.
In honor of my one year, for the first time I decided to do two post. The first one is the one you just read and here is the second one: “Girls You Shouldn’t Fall For: The Confusingly Pretty Girls Edition”