Monday, July 25, 2011

Number 9, Number 9, Number 9, Number 9, Number 9

Best Quote I Heard All Day
Who's to know? Who was to know?--Lennon and McCartney

Yes, today is the blog's 9th anniversary. For those of you who are either too young to remember The White Album or weren't fans, here's a video for you.

It's hard to believe that it's been nine years. Time has passed quickly, as it always does. You'll see in the sidebar that I've added a new feature: A chat widget where, if I'm online and you're here, you can talk to me live.

Last year, on the 8th blog anniversary (note that I never use "blogiversary" because it's almost as idiotic as "knitterly" and other dopey terms), I did write extensively about the Knitting Curmudgeon history. So today I'm giving you a short summary because A) I'm tired and B) I refuse to rewrite the same shit, ergo a brief post today.

I remember the day I found Blogger and went "Holy shit! This was made for me!" The Knitting Curmudgeon started as a website on AOL back in 1998. I learned a little HTML coding, created several pages that included an essay on Aran Knitting, and one called "Anatomy of a Knitting Disaster." At that time, I was on the KnitList, running my mouth as RaveledSlv, but when I bought my husband Jimmy a book called "The Portable Curmudgeon," it hit me that I was in fact a knitting curmudgeon.

In July 2002, there were probably less than 200 knitting blogs. Long before YarnHarlot, Panopticon, and the others, it was me, Bonne Marie of ChicKnits, Dangerous Chunky, Red Lipstick, WendyKnits, Carrieoke's Knitting Blog, and a few more whose names escape me right now. We were the first knitters to step away from the mailing lists and put our crap out on the internet.

When Jimmy died in January 2002, I was a lost soul. Yes, I was knitting at the hospital when he died. After a few months of horrific grief, I began to get my shit together. But I still needed something upon which to focus heavily, a project that would take my mind away from my unmitigated sadness and hideous financial issues. Having been a writer since I was eight years old, the same year I learned to knit, writing a blog seemed to be an ideal solution. So off I went. My first entry was about the Vogue Fall 2002 issue. Here's the very first paragraph I wrote:

The state of knitting magazines being what it is lately, I was more than pleasantly surprised with the decent designs featured in the Fall 2002 issue of Vague. Mind you, there are still enough designs for the HYUKs (Hip Young Urban Knitters, a ghastly acronym invented by the ubiquitous Lily Chin) and some silly ones at that. But I understand Vague's marketing needs...and I can appreciate their bowing to demographics. 

I think Loopy was probably the only person to read that first entry. But suddenly, people who had read my website showed up on the blog! And then there were the wars with the KnitDweebs. Longtime readers will recall the Purling Puppies war. Loved it!

So, have I changed over the years, now that I'm 61 and supposedly an old crone, although even my dear mother says I don't look my age. She may be right but I'm still a smartass. What I do believe has happened over the past nine years is that the knitting world has gone out of control, with too much information, actually. The Knitdweebs are still out there, yarn bombing and acting like maroons. Sadly, the internet has created the instant-gratification disease that affects too many people. Lack of concentration, inability to learn by doing, desire for fast and often bazaar knitting. Sure, there are plenty of people who want to increase their skills and knowledge but I must say that I keep meeting knitters who want to do their work down and dirty.

I do believe that blogs are becoming less and less popular, simply due to social networking. People don't fucking read extensively anymore. Well, that won't stop me and many of my fellow bloggers but I do predict that blogs will vanish within the next five years because they will become incorporated into the social networks. Your Steekin' Geek can see where technology is going and along with Borders, I think blogging will become bankrupt. Fuck it. I'll be with you until I croak.

That said, the greatest gifts I've received from writing this blog are my readers. Many have become personal friends, people who I love and cherish. And now that FaceBook's the place to be, a lot of readers have friended me. If nothing else, that's fucking rare and handy!

So later, skanks. And I do love you all.


Paul said...

Happy Blog Anniversary to you! Your blog has always been one of my favorites to read.

Debbie said...

I'll be with you until you die too! Unless I kick off first of course.

I haven't been here the entire 9 years, but I'm damned sure going to be here for the next 9!I'll be with you until you die too! Unless I kick off first of course.

I haven't been here the entire 9 years, but I'm damned sure going to be here for the next 9!

Ann said...

Happy Anniversary!

Donna in VA said...

I always look forward to your blog entries! Thanks for writing an interesting adult blog.

Anonymous said...

Good stuff, girlfriend! I read you a long time before I ever spoke up and I plan to be here for the duration. Recent months have brought a different connection. My precious daughter, Karen, lost her beloved Jimmy to a sudden heart attack and is going through the horror you learned so well. Think I will send her this entry, as I believe she will read it as support. Thank you for your honesty, for your great style and your deeply held passions and opinions. AND, I think BP you are one of the sanest writers I read!! Hugs to you, m'dear...Sarah

crow said...

Happy anniversary! Yours is still my favorite knitting blog, and of course I like all the other stuff you write about. Here's to many more years of curmudgeonly posts.

Cait said...

I hate social networking, but I really like this blog.

Happy anniversary.

Anonymous said...

I will always remain a faithful blog reader. Happy anniversary on 9 thought-provoking years of blogs!
Blogless Mary Lou (who will be 60 this fall and enjoys challenging knits that stimulate the brain)

Anonymous said...

Yours is one of the best blogs I read, I learn, laugh, and wish you the best with the book! Michigan peanut gallery salutes you!

Sharon said...

Other knitbloggers may have made bigger splashes, but to me, you're an institution! Congratulations on the 9-year mark. As long as you're writing, I'll be here reading.

Debbi said...

I've been away from knitting for a wee bit, but started cruising knitting blogs this evening and found you again, just in time for the beginning of your 10th year of blogging. Good to know you're still clicking!