It’s been a year!

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’veΒ 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:

  1. First graphic ever
  2. Animated gif
  3. Attempt at writing fiction (I’m sorry about the long wait for the next chapter. I am working on it.)
  4. Fanvidding
  5. Participating in FanstRAvaganza 3
  6. Joined with others in celebrating Armitage Day!
  7. Openly admitted to how much I lust after Mr. A.
  8. Contemplated the thoughts of an inanimate object.
  9. 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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ™‚

Finally, what’s a blogiversary for a blog that discusses RA without an image of the man himself?

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44 thoughts on “It’s been a year!

  1. Congrats on your first blogaversary, Jas!! It is funny how life takes twists and turns we never quite anticipate. Here’s wishing you many, many more milestones and keep on Richarding! πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks, Angie! The twists and turns are certainly what make life interesting, aren’t they? I’ll be totally cheesy and say that this has been quite the unexpected journey, but one that I would gladly embark on again. I don’t know about you, but I suspect we are in store for all kinds of new articles, interviews, videos and so on for our Richarding pleasure and I can’t wait!!! πŸ™‚

  2. Leigh

    Congratulations! Life is full of surprises, as you’ve discovered. May all the ones to come be even better than those that came before!

  3. Happy Blogiversary, Jas!
    Hope you celebrate many more ‘firsts’!
    Thanks from this recent newbie for so much, especially the cool banner gif. πŸ™‚
    *hug*

    • Thank you, Zan! I’m sure there will be more firsts to come, although I can’t imagine what they’ll be. I suppose that is part of the fun! Hugs, friend. I’m still so glad that you love your banner. I had fun making it. πŸ™‚

  4. Hi jasrangoon, Congrats! Felicitaciones! I hope you have a lot of fun in the years to come… A big hug from one of your lurkers πŸ˜‰

  5. Ah, thanks Vec! I’m sure there’s lots more fun to be had. Big hugs back to you. πŸ™‚

    • Bollyknickers

      Congratulations jas and thank goodness for the fangirling as if you had stuck to tomato free recipes I would never have found you!

      • Thank you, Bollyknickers. Yeah, I would have missed out on meeting all of you lovely ladies if I’d just stuck to recipes. πŸ™‚

  6. Teuchter

    Congratulations on your first blogiversary, Jas! In light of the fact that we have “lost” some great bloggers over the past year or more (particularly the likes of Bccmee and others) it is wonderful to be able to come to your blog and spend time, not only with you, but other like-minded RA admirers. I just went through your list of “firsts” and enjoyed them all over again. May I say that #8 is nothing short of inspired!! πŸ™‚ So I’m delighted that you decided to do this a year ago and look forward to what will undoubtedly capture our attention the closer we get to December – and beyond!!! πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks, Teuchter. I’m miss those we’ve lost too, but I’m so glad there are places where we like-minded can get spend time together. I’m so glad you enjoyed all of my firsts all over again. I still giggle when I read back through the water bottle post…not sure what I was thinking there, but it sure was fun to write. πŸ™‚ The future, and I’m thinking of the near future, should be full of fun and excitement for us. We only have to wait a little while longer now!

  7. Congratulations. And I agree that blogs have a way of morphing and revealing our inner thoughts. I have enjoyed your blog.

    • Thanks, Beverly. I certainly never thought I’d end up here, but I’ve enjoyed the ride so far, so I’m glad for the morphing. πŸ™‚

  8. You have developed into an RA blogger par excellence! I was around for the recipe part of your blog before you went full on fan gurl – and I enjoyed that too! But you have made me jealous of your graphic skillz. πŸ˜‰ I need to work more on mine.
    Congratulations on your First Blogiversary, I hope there will be many more!

    • Ah, thanks Phylly! You know, I ended up moving the recipe part of the blog to another blog and I just haven’t managed to keep up with it…RA is just much more inspiring. πŸ˜‰ Don’t be jealous of my graphic skills, I just follow tutorials! πŸ˜‰ When I started this a year seemed like a long way off, now I can actually envision making it to another blogiversary…I guess time will tell.

  9. Congrats on your first blogiversary and here’s to many more years, Jas!

  10. Congratulations, Jas! I look forward to seeing what you come up with next. πŸ˜‰

  11. Joanna

    Happy Blogiversary, Jasrangoon! πŸ™‚ One year has passed, it’s unbelievable .

  12. Mezz

    Congratulations Jas! It’s hard to believe a year has passed. Looking forward to all the fun of the next one! *hugs* πŸ˜€

    • Thank you, Mezz. The year has just flown by, but I’ve had so much fun! I’m sure we’ll have a blast this coming year…what with The Hobbit coming out and Gary Morris and his tornado. πŸ˜‰

  13. Congratulations to your first blogiversary Jas Rangoon ! πŸ™‚

  14. Servetus

    Aside from everything you linked, you should mention all the stuff you went through with the rest of us this summer — you know what I’m talking about — and I am tremendously grateful for that. Wouldn’t know what to do without you anymore. Here’s to another great year of blogging Armitage.

    • This summer? I don’t know what your talking about. I think I’ve blocked it all out for self preservation purposes. πŸ˜‰ In all seriousness, I have always been one who believes that you stick with your friends through both the good times and the bad. I’m grateful for the friends I’ve made this year, you very much one of them. I look forward to another great year, preferably one with less drama.

  15. Snickers' Mom

    Congrats! No reply necessary. πŸ˜‰

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  17. Happy Blogiversary!

  18. Happy bloggiversary, jasrangoon! Thank you for your wonderful creative ideas, nice articles and for creating wonderfully open and welcoming fan-atmosphere. I wish you lots of further joy and fun in RA-fandom and all the best !!! Forgot to mention: I hope for lots of further RA-interviews ;o)

    • Thank you, CDoart! You’re very kind. I certainly have a lot of fun writing and creating things for the blog. I hope there will be much more fun to come, especially with all we have to look forward too! More interviews, huh? I may have to do more of those in future. πŸ˜‰

  19. Ana Cris

    Hi Jasrangoon,

    I did not know that our blogs have birthdays in the same month! So happy!
    A happy bloggiversary to you!

  20. Judit

    Happy blogiversary Jas! Long may you continue! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Judit! At this point I don’t see an end in sight, so I think you’re stuck with me. πŸ˜‰

  21. Congrats, Jasrangoon. I know you from tumblr but I am following Servetus’ instruction to congratulate and spread some love! I guess I’ll stay a bit and read up on your journey…

    • Thank you, Guylty. I hope if you did stick around to read a bit, that you enjoyed yourself. πŸ™‚

  22. obscura

    Happy blog-iversary (?) The paragraph from your first post sounds a lot like me. (kind of sheepish about the whole fan thing – tired of responding to the “Richard who?” questions when I talked about a performance here in the US, etc. but looking forward to every new piece I can get) So glad you are all out here doing what you do. Who knows, maybe I’ll throw my hat in the ring one day too πŸ™‚ Cheers!

  23. Sorry it’s so late but HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY JAS!!!
    I can’t tell you how happy I am that a year ago you took the leap to start your own blog, and have been enriching our lives ever since!
    I adore you, your posts, your creativity and quirk!!!
    It wouldn’t be the same without you!

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