Take off ya shoes…
Oh, you can put your gifts on the table next to the bar.
Whatchu mean you didn’t bring no gifts??
::chuckling, looking past you out the door cuz I just KNOW you’re joking and there’s actually a cute little box with a tidy ribbon sitting outside::
Wow. Today’s my blog b-day AND my 100th post AND I redecorated and yall muhfcukas…who might I add, been coming thru unannounced, and at all hours of the day and night for an entire YEAR, offering [un]solicited advice and comments and shit…and you don’t think to bring a sista something just to say, ‘Wise, thanks for the nonsense.’ I expected more from you, blog ‘fam’.
But I could have never expected what this past year in blogland would mean to me.
I remember quite vividly how miserable my holidays were a year ago, for so many reasons. I remember seeing these blog urls in folks’ email taglines.
I remember visiting one. And then another. Following links and comments like a bird does crumbs. I was fascinated by the reach…you could literally go from one part of the world to another by living vicariously thru these scribes.
I found it oddly self-centered and sadistic. And I had the first few blog entries pre-written in my head long before I ever touched my fingers to the keyboard and registered with blog.ger.
Y’all are so damn hilarious and tragic and courageous and pathetic and boring and exhilarating and encouraging and dishonest and slutty and brilliant and challenging and eloquent and cliquish and real and fake and fun and bold and liberal and conservative and heathenish and pious and self-righteous and self-deprecating and proud and drunk and redundant and sentimental and sensitive and sensual and creative and thought-provoking and mindless. Beautifully diverse.
And I love that about you.
And I love that we been thru so much. Promotions and demotions and heartbreak and fantastic fcuks and questionable coitus and musical interludes and international travel and cocktails and poetry and commitment phobia and lost swagger and long distance relationships and office politics and puppy love and religious edicts and politics and plogging and slashing and arrests and afros and happy hours and unplanned pregnancies and deaths (and resurrections) and stalkers and shopping and graduations and embarrassments and triumphs.
I celebrate our journey with this the Official So…Wise Anniversary Yearender:
Inspiration for This Blog: Convos with younger guy friends who were absolutely perplexed about women. Then as I was first introduced to the blog world I noticed a few male bloggers writing about the same exact issues. And I thought, I have an answer for you AND it might be wrong.
Why the Name So…Wise…Sista: First and foremost I wanted a name that signified that I was a black chick bec I never planned to post a pic of myself. And since I was inspired by the idea of presenting (common sense) advice, it just sorta fit. Plus I figured that since the name sounds so disjointed and ridiculous that people would get that my tongue was planted firmly in cheek with that moniker.
My Fav Blog Entry: Anything about white girls, the gays, inebriation and cunnilingus…and not necessarily in that order either.
Fav Concept: The Crush concept was so much fun. And I truly did not use a site meter to try to find y’all out either. I’m not that damn corny. But you guys put me on to so many new blogs with that one…I believe that’s when I started following RD, Aquababie and Miss Ahmad and Amadeo among others. And there the term “blog-bi” was coined, and it seems many a blogger, present company included, have been diagnosed.
PS…My Neil, I will be in your crook of the world in 2007. You already know the deal if you were fcuking Wise.;)
Defining Moment: Clearly it was the How Wise is Wise, 5-parter. It took so much out of me, yet it flowed so easily. Plus there is something really fun about being vulnerable in public…to a bunch of people who don’t know me. One of my fav bloggers is Blah. No explanation necessary. She asked me why I’m so “mysterious”…never met up with any bloggers, etc. Truthfully, I don’t think up to that point that any bloggers had ever asked me out! I joked about being on the run…and in some ways I really am. Hence the pseudonym and restrictive one-eye Willy pic (or the lips). Yet I try to balance out the anonymity by being real…for better and worse. And coincidentally a bunch of people emailed me after that one just showing love.
Most Popular: A couple...
Entry I Wish I Never Published: The one about that su!cidal wide-out.
Why I Blog: Because I’m just arrogant enough to believe that people will actually give a eff about what I have to say.
Because writing is the gift that I insist on neglecting.
Because in real life one preconceived notion or another might preclude me from ever knowing you all, and vice versa.
Because in real life I would never call y’all as often as I manage to visit your blogs. Ask my real friends.
Because the shit is comedy.
Sophomore Resolutions: Start a spin off collabo about turning 30. I see you Chanel!
Traveling is my biggest real-life goal for '07, and I’d love to holler at some bloggers when I hit the road. And I am beginning to see that the B-More bloggers be doing it big too and I feel left out. :)
My fav blogs: Scan the comment section of any given So…Wise entry, and there you will you find the answer.
PS…Anon Detroit…you were one of the very first people to leave me a comment. I have a feeling you got a blog, but wanna remain in the cut, but you need to holler at me.
The State of Blogging: [You know how anytime an ole school rapper is intvw’d they always ask about the state of hip-hop today.] Well, for me blogging is simply not as fun as it used to be. As with everything, newjacks who don’t respect the game came in and ruined it for me. Corporate greed (shameless pandering for comments) is wack. Outward proclamations of site meter analysis has caused me to stop effing with some. But my favs never seem to disappoint me. Always entertaining and provocative.
Most Personal Entry: Tough call, but by far any mention of my Dad is always pretty raw. Hey look, my homegirl recently sent me this other shot of me getting the tat...
Funniest Entry: I still laugh my azz off when I think about the little mixed girl who jetted out the aisle down at the Wa!mart when I asked if she needed help with her naps.
Bitch Dudes also make me giggle.
As does the Vegas series. (PS…My crew is doing LV again this year for the 30th bday Mar 22-26 and you’re all invited! No for real.)
My Blog Style: Equal parts sarcastic, LONG-winded, real and acerbic. I think I am just finding my niche with the more narrative entries, particularly the personal relationship ones.
The Entry People Still Emailing Me About: Fellatio Fallout…it’s also a personal fav of mine. :)
The one where I showed my legs.
The one where I blast hood au+hors. Had one particular author heated bout that one.
Most Bizarre Encounter Set Off by the Blog: I got an email from a kid who was one of my best friends in grade school. How did he find me? He googled himself, and found a link to a comment I made on another of my fav blogs in which I mentioned him by first and last name. He then went to my blog, saw I was a black girl and basically figured I was one of 3 sistas he was cool with back in the day. Turns out he lives in Germany now and is extra beautiful! Moral of the story: g00gle is the muhfcukin anti-Chr!st.
Biggest Disappointment: There have been a few. But I’d have to say learning that not all bloggers are effective (let alone active) communicators. [honorable mention goes to the day I sat in my car in the M*T bank parking lot listening to Y’landa Adams, boohoo crying after reading tributes about someone who “succumbed” to what actually killed my dad, and being touched by how often and boldly that person publicly praise the Lord. My Non-Denom!national azz almost caught the damn Holy Gh0st offa that shit. But the 2o/2o investigation that ensued all but made up for it. Shouts to the lead investigator on that one. You know we love you, girl!]
Greatest Blog Triumph: Being shouted out by bloggers I love reading.
The formation of the BlaqueScribbies.
Place I Most Wanna Visit Thanks to Bloggers: Vancouver, Brazil, U.K.
Place I Least Wanna Visit Thanks to Bloggers: ATL, Satan’s Anus
What I Think Other Bloggers Think of Me: Hell if I know.
What I Hope Other Bloggers Think of Me: That they should invite me to their [open bar] gatherings.
That I have impeccable grammar and syntax.
That I don’t take myself very seriously.
What Readers Can Expect in 2007: Less than 100...But more fiyah!
Thanks for the ride!