It’s my Blog Birthday!!!

My blog is one year old!!!!!!! And I agree with Liz Lemon, we NEED cake.

Much better!

This blog officially turns 1 on Monday, but since I blog every Friday I’m celebrating today. Over the past 12 months it’s undergone lots of design/content changes, but I’m super happy with the way it is right now!

Here is a link to my very first blog!

How funny, right?! It is kind of weird to read a post of mine sans gifs though. As you all know by now, I do love my gifs! I definitely have a teeny, tiny obsession with them.

In fact, I think it’s time I let you all in on a little secret:

I write my blogs around the gifs I find on the internet.

Is this weird? I feel like this is weird.

I don’t do this all the time. But more often than not, when I’m searching around for gifs, one gif leads to another and I’m like “I HAVE TO USE THIS! I HAVE TO!!!!!!!!!” So I’ll re-write a portion of a blog just to be able to use the gif.

I consider it the ultimate challenge: “How can I work this into my blog???” And when I manage it, it feels so good.

Of course, I always stumble on tons of gifs I am absolutely dying to use, but can’t since there’s really, truly no reason whatsoever. Which results in a folder specifically for all my gif scraps.

Since it’s my blog birthday, please indulge me while I pull out my all-time favorite gifs that never had and never will have a place in my blog.

 

1. classic Friends moments that are really funny, but totally unrelated to writing.

(on second thought, I could have totally used this pivot one as an example of how you should never try to force a scene into your MS that doesn’t fit, just because you really love the writing. Oh well. Consider this a bonus blog within a blog: Never try to force a scene into your MS just because you love the writing. It might not fit, and then you’re stuck, crushed under a couch on the stairs.)


2. Fun Fact: gif searches for any and all emotions will somehow always lead you to images of Zac Efron, windswept and crying, in Charlie St. Cloud.

I haven’t figured out why this phenomenon occurs, but it does make it extremely easy to get sucked down an internet rabbit hole of Zefron prettiness. Which leads me to the following gifs. I’ve wanted to use each of these at some time or another, but since no one ever captioned them, it would have been difficult to drive my point home.

 

Amusement + Humility = Embarrassed laughter. This was going to be used in a blog about how awkward I feel when people call me an author. But it needed a caption of, say, “I’m so embarrassed right now, you guys,” to really work.

I thought this would depict typing quite well, and wanted to use it in my writing style blog, until I took a closer look and realized he’s basically saying “The peaches looked ripe. But then I checked, and they weren’t.”

 

This was in my folder with a note to myself that said “he’s EMOTING.” …and I can’t for the life of me figure out why, so…I’m posting it, just because.

3. Classic catchphrases that, try as I might, I can’t pretend would roll off my tongue in a natural way.

 

 

Thanks so much for readng my blog for a whole year! Hope you liked these gif scraps, and I promise to have more (relevant) gifs for years to come!