Today is the 7th Anniversary of iwilldare.com

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Today marks the seventh anniversary of this Web site, iwilldare.com. I wish I could say something pithy and provocative about blogging or the Internet after having been in the game for so long, but Alison said it beautifully a few weeks ago.

I miss the Internet from 2001 too. It seemed like a friendlier place. We were all bloggers. Now we have mommy bloggers or professional bloggers or photo bloggers or music bloggers or book bloggers or well, you get my drift.

When I started blogging I was an early adopter and now I’m passé. Being a single, childless gal writing about your life is not where blogging is at in 2007. I got no schtick.

Sometimes when I see the attention, the acclaim, the money, the book-deals other bloggers, who put no more passion and attention into their site than I do, get, I grow a little a bitter and stomp my foot much like the seven year old that iwilldare.com is.

Then I have to remind myself that I didn’t start this site for any of that. I started this site because I wanted to. Despite the occasional bitterness, the money or acclaim or book deal isn’t what motivates me to continue.

The only reason I continue after seven years in utter obscurity is because I want to. Which is just about the best damn reason I can think of to do anything.

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20 Comments

  1. Lori 31.Jul.07 at 8:25 am

    And ’cause we all love you!

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  2. shokkou 31.Jul.07 at 8:39 am

    being single and childress and a writer … i thought that WAS your schtick! U better WORK it grrl ’cause what else IS there???? ; )

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  3. zook 31.Jul.07 at 9:25 am

    Congrats! And thanks for being here or I’d have nothing else to make me laugh or provoke thought first thing in the morning at work.

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  4. wendy 31.Jul.07 at 9:32 am

    7 years. that’s nuts. but that probably means that i’ve been reading everything you write for about that same amount of time! holy shit. that’s gotta be the equivalent of a whole lot of grown up books, ya know?

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  5. Jodi 31.Jul.07 at 9:37 am

    In 2002, I was at over 200,000 words and War & Peace only has 660, 000. So I’d say, Wendy, you’ve read the iwilldare.com equivalent of War & Peace. Go you!

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  6. Peabo 31.Jul.07 at 11:53 am

    Happy Birthday, iwilldare, and happy Anniversary, Supergenius!!

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  7. phil 31.Jul.07 at 4:55 pm

    id be bummed if you didnt do this.i dont know why but i love your single,childless,writing style.and shit i dont even know you?

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  8. RJ 31.Jul.07 at 5:57 pm

    Kudos to you, Jodi, and your consistently entertaining blog.

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  9. miker 31.Jul.07 at 6:22 pm

    Congratulations Jodi!
    I’ll add my kudos for the fine job you’re doing – those without a shtick have to actually be good to get readers, and it looks like you have quite a few. 😉

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  10. Jena 31.Jul.07 at 6:25 pm

    Happy Anniversary I Will Dare. You have been a part of my daily internet life for at least five of those seven years. I wish I put half of the heart and soul into this site into mine. (Maybe if I did I would have the same one for a long time, and have a good reader base. ) I can’t thank you enough for you, being you!

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  11. Jena 31.Jul.07 at 6:25 pm

    Happy Anniversary I Will Dare. You have been a part of my daily internet life for at least five of those seven years. I wish I put half of the heart and soul you put into this site into mine. (Maybe if I did I would have the same one for a long time, and have a good reader base. ) I can’t thank you enough for you, being you!

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  12. Mark D. 31.Jul.07 at 11:40 pm

    Happy birthday! I bet great writing will weather the blizzard of MP3s and Flickr streams, so fear not. Retro-blogging is only one trope-twist away from putting us seven-year-old fogeys back in action.

    Hey are there any other Twin Cities blogs from back then (2000-01) still plugging along? Dack.com seems to be back in old-skool action, for example…

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  13. Jodi 31.Jul.07 at 11:49 pm

    Rex is still going at it, though he moved to Seattle. Does that count?

    To be honest, I am not even sure which Twin Citizens were around blogging that far back. I know a few of my favorite (bakiwop, mecawilson) gave up the ghost years and years ago.

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  14. Charles 01.Aug.07 at 8:14 am

    Please keep going Jodi. I think I would do something rash if you stopped.

    Bestness,

    Chas.

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  15. Anna 01.Aug.07 at 11:27 am

    Just to let you know, I read your blog almost daily and I am unbelievably thankful that you don’t have a child and that you’re not married. Those blogs get old and annoying extremely quickly, while yours remains fresh and interesting.

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  16. Tam 01.Aug.07 at 7:29 pm

    Happy Anniversary I Will Dare! (and big time kudos to you, Jodi, for putting out seven years of engaging content)

    I feel much the same way you and Alison do. I miss the early internet. I started blogging way back because it was a way to get pictures and news out to a massive amount of people 800 miles away from me. That was about a good year or two before Blogger started the decline of teh interweb.

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  17. mkh 01.Aug.07 at 10:25 pm

    Congrats on the anniversary, Jodi. I’ve been going through the same sort of flashbacking to the pioneer days as you, wondering whatever happened to the sense that we were all a part of a community. Now the community’s gone; having a site doesn’t give you anything more in common with someone than owning a phone does.

    But I read and enjoy what you write, and I hope you continue it for a good long time.

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  18. david 02.Aug.07 at 11:12 am

    “Utte obscurity” just like Emily Dickinson…

    Happy anniversary, Jodi.

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  19. david 02.Aug.07 at 11:13 am

    (I really should proofread before posting a comment)

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  20. Jodi 02.Aug.07 at 11:14 am

    i should proofread before posting an entry, and yet I never do.

    Thanks for the sentiments.

    I could be Emily:
    Because I could not stop for Fame
    It kindly stopped for me. . .

    Okay, maybe it doesn’t quite work that way.

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