Nine years of I Will Dare, that’s a hell of a lot of bullshit

Neko Case Quote May06

Holy cow, I Will Dare is nine years old. MOTHERFUCKING NINE YEARS OLD! How the hell did that happen? I have the attention span of a flea. Last Sunday I was over at Sister #2’s house and we were watching some TV there were two-hour long shows we’re addicted to and since I was in the mood for grilled animal flesh prepared in the outdoors, I conned Ben into grilling out.

After we ate, we watched the first TV show. As soon as that one was over, the second one began. About 20 minutes into the show she turned to me, “We’re going to have to watch this again when you leave.”
“I know,” I said. “I’m sorry. I only have the attention span for an hour of TV at a time.”
“I can tell,” she said. “Because you haven’t shut up since it started.”

So the fact that I can do anything for nine years in a row comes as quite a surprise to me. Nine years.

When I interviewed at The Nerdery last fall, I remember I told them that they might find better bloggers, more popular bloggers, but they’d be hard pressed to find one with more experience. I don’t know many bloggers who have nine years of archives in a single spot to prove that kind of statement. I can. It’s all there in the archives — good, bad, and ugly — though I do admit to deleting quite a few posts about sandwiches, and those where I cryptoblogged about how much I hated Shaky McDougal but never really said that I hated Shaky McDougal.

If I ever get to travel back in time, the first thing I’d do is kick my ass for all those improperly captialized sentences. The second thing I’d do is just fucking write about what I wanted to write about. Is there anything more annoying than coy cryptoblogging? Oh yes, it’s coy cryptoblogging that lacks capital letters. If there’s going to be any kind of theme for year nine, it’s to write what I want to write about. I’m sick of pussyfooting.

Nine years as a blogger and I’ve seen a lot. I could pontificate about it all — on the mommy bloggers and the group blogs and the newspapers turning into blogs or blogs turning into newspapers, the life-streaming and the twittering and the social media hooha, and how back in the olden days we were all bitter about not being “A-list bloggers” (do they still talk about the A-list?) — but I’m not in the pontification mood.

Instead, I will just sit back in revel in my accomplishment and feel smug about my early adopter status. Hell, I’m only a year younger than Metafilter (user 11847, right here). How awesome is that?

Anniversaries past:
31Jul00 Eureka!
31Jul01 happy anniversary!
31Jul02 add it up
31Jul03 still bleeding
31Jul04 happy blogiversary to me
31Jul05 Sometimes you cannot deny the existence of five
31Jul06 alert the media! is 6 years old today
31 Jul07 Today is the 7th Anniversary of
31Jul08 Eight years of I Will Dare

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  1. Aden 31.Jul.09 at 9:23 am

    Happy Anniversary!

  2. Jodi 31.Jul.09 at 9:42 am

    Thank you so much Aden.

  3. tam 31.Jul.09 at 10:56 am

    After hitting the eleven year mark and having all kinds of stupidity occur during that time span, I can definitely say that hanging in for nine years is definitely a milestone that should be celebrated.

    Congrats and happy anniversary!

  4. Moe 31.Jul.09 at 11:02 am

    Like I said on twitter, congrats!

    I’m only at 8.5 years (but user 3053 on Metafilter!)

  5. Jodi 31.Jul.09 at 11:03 am

    I bow at your impressive Metafilter number. Wow!

  6. bakiwop 31.Jul.09 at 11:16 am

    good grief, and you;re still rocking out!

    i even remember how i found your weblog back in 2000, you were one of about three twin cities area webloggers.

  7. david 31.Jul.09 at 12:41 pm

    Happy anniversary, Jodi. What amazes me about IWD is its consistency over the years, and I appreciate the thought and work that goes into the site.

    By the way, I am Metafilter user 11843:


    We joined the same day!

  8. babee 31.Jul.09 at 12:43 pm

    congrats! i love your blog! 🙂

  9. RJ 31.Jul.09 at 5:10 pm

    Just as the Angel Moroni always points his golden trumpet towards Salt Lake City, so shall I tonight raise a Heineken in the general direction of Minneapolis.

  10. shokkou 31.Jul.09 at 9:00 pm

    Could it be time for you to write a book about your own experiences. I’m imagining a tale that’s funny with an underlying ‘zeitgeist’ ala Douglas Copeland or Tom Robbins (hope you don’t hate them). I don’t see any reason that you couldn’t write a book as entertaining as any of the books you’ve reviewed for us. You know what YOU like and don’t like in a tale. Write one like that!

  11. Peabo 01.Aug.09 at 9:42 am

    Happy anniversary, friend!!

  12. Jodi 01.Aug.09 at 10:39 am

    Why was your account disabled?

  13. bakiwop 01.Aug.09 at 12:38 pm

    i think i may have been a big meanie doodie head although i can’t remember for sure – it was a while ago.


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