Two years ago yesterday, a little girl who swore she’d never refer to herself as a little girl (eleven years old is not little, thank you very much) wrote the blog post that would, quite frankly, change her life.
Her first post, about how to bead your doll’s hair, got two comments. The girl was very, very proud.
Two years later, her thriving little doll empire is still here, humming along, and the girl can’t believe it. Who knew what began so small and crummy could become so beautiful and amazing?
”…So, of course, we have to celebrate! ”
”I’m Eileen, and this is Blogiversary 2019!! (ooooh, it rhymes!)”
”On February 5th, 2017, Natalie Therese (then known as Natalie@TheAGSpot) made her very first post. To be honest, it was a bit of a mess. But for something photographed on her bed with a Nokia phone, it wasn’t too shabby.”
”That was back on the old blogger site, which you can still visit, if you’d like the internet equivalent of this site’s embarrassing baby pictures. The photos were not always pretty or flattering, and her doll’s personalities were…well, either overly stereotyped or nonexistent.”
”Luckily, there aren’t any of me, because I didn’t move to Pleasant Street until December of last year.
The little girl thought she had this thing down. She thought she was prepared, and she wouldn’t look back and cringe at the things she wrote.”
”The girl now rolls with laughter when she thinks of all the cringiness on that site, and over the years.”
”The little girl made a lot of promises. A lot of them didn’t hold, obviously. But one did. The little girl promised herself she’d never just fade away from the blogiverse, and her dolls would always, always, be treasured.
And they are. And they will be. ‘Forever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever [edited for length and clarity, this was almost a whole paragraph of ‘ever’s], as the little girl vowed.
”Now, two years and one day later, she baked a tiny cake to celebrate. Her blogiversary might not be a momentous occasion for anyone other than her, but blogging really has shaped the teenager she is now.”
”Because this cake symbolizes more than just 731 days of doll photos. It symbolizes the countless friendships and happy afternoons this girl has forged, thanks to a camera, laptop, and her 18” friends.”
”Unfortunately, we can’t cut the cake because some idiot put it in the freezer (actually, that idiot was Natalie), but at least I can still blow out the candles.”
”Happy blogiversary, dear TAGS, Happy blogiversary to you….”
Thank you, dear readers, for being what made this whole thing happen. You really don’t know how much this all means to me.
And I had no expectation, just to be here in the present, and behold you for a second, before it all goes away….