I Will Dare turns 12 years old today

And on this day in the year 2000 a blog was born. It weighed in at 13 words, 0 captial letters, and 1 Replacements’ reference. Two, if you count the blog’s name.

I Will Dare is twelve years old. Later tonight I will take her to K-Mart to get a training bra, some bubble-gum flavored lip gloss, and whatever kind of crap noise the tweens are listening to these days.

Twelve. TWELVE! People I know have gotten married and divorced and married again in the time I’ve been writing here on iwilldare.com.

When I started writing here my niece, Jaycie, was two and in diapers. She’ll be a freshman in September. There were no Tibbles at all.

When I started writing here I was a customer service rep for a small software company who drove a shitty Chrysler something named Clyde, and lived in an even shittier apartment. I had a five-year-old cat named Madison.

When I started writing here I’d post two, three, or four times a day — often about whatever thought crossed my mind or what kind of turkey sandwich I had for lunch. I was twenty-eight and wore my loneliness on my sleeve.

When I started writing here there was no Twitter or Facebook or Comments or even Web 2.0. It was just nerdy people with something to say and a modest amount of HTML knowledge putting words out into the ether positive nobody would ever read them and being A-OK with that.

When I started writing here tonight, on the eve of my anniversary, I thought I should have something profound to say. I always feel like I should have something profound to say on the anniversary. I never, ever do.

Instead, I think of that time, back in 2006 when I went out to dinner with Peabo and worried about being practically FORTY! Because at 34, FORTY! was the worst possible thing that could happen to you. Silly girl, FORTY! is for real women.

If you would have told me back in 2000 that not only would I still be writing on this here blog, I’d have laughed in your face. I’m kind of flaky and never expected this hobby to stick. But it has stuck and is probably the best, most impressive thing I’ve ever done in my entire life.

Happy Anniversary to me!

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! iwilldare.com is 6 years old today
31Jul07: Today is the 7th Anniversary of iwilldare.com
31Jul08: Eight years of I Will Dare
31Jul09: Nine years of I Will Dare, That’s a hell of a lot of bullshit
31Jul10: Ten years of I Will Dare: Ten of my best posts
31Jul11: The 11th Anniversary of I Will Dare

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  1. hotrod 31.Jul.12 at 10:34 am

    Congratulations. In honor of the occasion, I won’t even point out any of the countless times you have been wrong. And that’s just in the past five years. Excelsior!

    1. Jodi 31.Jul.12 at 11:06 am

      You can never prove those few occasions where I’ve been wrong. I think you are making it all up.

  2. Peabo 31.Jul.12 at 11:02 am

    Oy. I remember that conversation. I was 29. TWENTY-NINE. Still, one might say, “in my twenties.” (Note: I turned 30 twelve days after that conversation). Now I’m closer to 40 than you were during that conversation. All in all, I think this may call for a Grumpy’s philosophy session over Primo and tots. You know, to discuss our 50s.

    1. Jodi 31.Jul.12 at 11:06 am

      Ha! Yes, let’s go eat tator tots and discuss our 50s. Doesn’t 29 seem positively babyish now?

      1. Peabo 04.Aug.12 at 9:47 pm

        Yes!! I had a conversation with Jessie tonight that had a point to it, but what we mostly discussed was whether we were 23 or 24 when it happened. We did that dreadful thing our parents/grandparents do when they start with “Well, hell, I was born in 19>>….we graduated in 19>>, so I guess, well, wait, what month was it?”

        Shoot me now.

  3. Peabo 31.Jul.12 at 11:03 am

    OH, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY I Will Dare! 🙂

  4. M-----l 31.Jul.12 at 12:34 pm

    Twelve years on the same blog should automatically qualify you for The Blogging Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.


  5. Karlyn 31.Jul.12 at 2:04 pm

    Congrats to you and I Will Dare. I will never forget the day I came across your blog for the first time–I Googled your name after our first writing class and there, in front of me, was a blog post about our writing class. It was awesome. Love it then, still love it now.

  6. Lori 31.Jul.12 at 7:39 pm

    I don’t remember in which of those years I first discovered your blog, but I’m glad I did. I heart IWD.

  7. todd 31.Jul.12 at 10:05 pm

    Congratulations! I stumbled on your blog by accident and have kept reading. You’re a gifted and knowledgeable writer. Thank you. Here’s to the next twelve.

  8. BFK 01.Aug.12 at 7:16 pm

    Congratulations! I’m so proud and happy for you. It is an amazing accomplishment and you’re an amazing women. I raise a celebratory nutterbutter to you! Cheers.

  9. Jen Owen 06.Aug.12 at 9:26 am

    Hi, Jodi! Love this site and love your writing. I stumbled upon it somehow and it’s in my favorites now.
    I was at UW-EC when you were. We didn’t hang together but have the Spectator and those lovely dorks in common. Hope all is well with you. Congrats on your anniversary.


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