If you went out today or tonight, you may have noticed large numbers of revelers celebrating, socializing, and drinking themselves into a stupor. Reports have been coming in from around the world of people partaking in various ceremonies and festivities.
In Kentucky, they staged a horse race, and even invited the Queen of England as special guest.
In Virginia, they postponed the NASCAR race, originally scheduled for tonight, until tomorrow, no doubt in observance of this day.
And around the nation, many people did not go into work today.
"Why?" one might ask. "What's it all for?" Well, I'll tell you.
Today is a special occasion. The Mexican people refer to it as Cinco de Mayo. That's because in Spanish, there is no direct translation for "Bone's bloggiversary."
Yes friends, four years ago today, I began blogging.
Four years. That's a lot of posting, commenting, typing, and yelling at Blogger (which, by the way, has been eerily glitch-free lately). How does one celebrate one's four-year bloggiversary? I don't really know. Although I am open to ideas. I thought about celebrating on the Monday following the weekend, like Lincoln.
Looking back over the past year, there was the first ever Bone roast. That was... mostly fun. I proclaimed one week as 80's week, with nothing but 80's related posts. (By the way, I think that will be an annual thing from now on.) I began doing 24 recaps. And, of course, there was Reveal Your Blog Crush Day and the Thinking Blogger awards.
Also this year, Three Word Wednesday had it's beginnings. On a Thursday, nonetheless. I didn't really think about how long it would last. But nine months later, and it's still going. It has introduced me to quite a few new bloggers. And we even have a button now!
The blogosphere is massive today, made up of thousands of communities of bloggers. One of the most rewarding things about blogging to me are the friendships and relationships that are forged.
It has been a blessing to meet more of you this year, and get to know all of you a little better thru your blogs and comments. It's always cool to discover we have something in common, whether it be a TV show, food, music, things we struggle with, whatever. One of my perpetual curiosities is how people find my blog and what causes them to come back.
I've said this before, but I could never emphasize it enough. Somewhere along the way, blogging reminded me that I love to write. And many of you made me believe that I could. You have all affected me in some way, whether it be an encouraging word, offering your own perspective, a virtual hug, making me smile or laugh, or just letting me know that I made you smile or laugh or feel.
"We're going to party, karamu, fiesta, forever. Come on and sing along. All night long..."