Do you ever set out to do one thing and then do something completely different? A year ago today I started this blog with the intention of documenting my journey to healthier eating and exercise with gluten-free and tomato-free recipes thrown in for good measure. At the time, I said I’d post about anything that struck my fancy. Hence the name–Me, My Thoughts and Who Knows. As far as Richard Armitage goes, this is what I wrote in that first post:
I’m also slightly embarrassed to admit this, but I’m a fangirl of Richard Armitage. This would be clear to anyone who looked at the first few entries in my Netflix instant queue–Spooks, North & South, Robin Hood, George Gently. Then there are the audiobooks on my IPod. Almost daily I find myself lurking at blogs devoted to the man (I think I may have just delurked). Now I know if you’re an American you are probably thinking, “Who in their right mind is a fan of Richard Armitage!” I’m not talking about the US politician, but the incredibly talented and incredibly attractive British actor. So, he’ll probably be mentioned fairly frequently, because his work makes me happy.
I think there is plenty of evidence that I’ve embraced my fangirling ways in this last year. No more embarrassment for me…at least not in Cyberland. Blogging was just the tip of the iceberg as far as delurking, it turned out. Soon after I started commenting on other blogs, then came Facebook and Twitter accounts to better connect with other fans.
Looking back, I thought I’d go through and make a list of firsts that probably never would have happened without this blog, Richard Armitage and in some cases, the support I’ve felt from other fans:
- First graphic ever
- Animated gif
- Attempt at writing fiction (I’m sorry about the long wait for the next chapter. I am working on it.)
- Participating in FanstRAvaganza 3
- Joined with others in celebrating Armitage Day!
- Openly admitted to how much I lust after Mr. A.
- Contemplated the thoughts of an inanimate object.
- Confused other fans by making a fake magazine interview.
So, about that “fairly frequently” comment. Turns out that fairly frequently meant that in a year’s time “Richard Armitage” would be tagged in almost 2/3 of all posts on the blog. I guess the name change back in February was appropriate.
I want to say a big thanks to my fellow fans. Those of you who are fans of longer standing, thank you for welcoming a newbie into your ranks. To those who comment, I appreciate your thoughts, encouragement and friendship. Even if you just read, I’m glad you come around…lurkers are more than welcome, after all, I used to be one of you.
Finally, what’s a blogiversary for a blog that discusses RA without an image of the man himself?