when i first started wordpress, i wasn’t a teenager yet, all the ‘hawt blogs’ of the day still posted (remember when?), people actually looked forward to winter blogging because of all the cool features (falling snow! sweater backgrounds! new years posts!) instead of dreading it (no blogs, anyone?), and i didn’t even know what aim was.
Hey, person reading this.
It was November 2013, and I was – as most people’s tales start – googling Massie Block. Back then, I’d just finished reading the series and I honestly wanted to be her. I gobbled up WikiPages and even the eHow on “how to be like Massie”. Then, in the tiny little suggestion bar on the bottom of page 1, was “massie block blog”. The first blog I stumbled across was XOMB, and close to follow were Classy Kristen Gregory and XoXo Alicia Hearts You (better known as CKG and XOXOAHY). Yeah, I’d say it was pretty dang enchanting, the pictures of Tumblr girls and fashion bloggers plastered all over blog after blog.
And, in rapid fire succession, I decided to make my own blog. How hard could it be? My first blog (“blawggie”) went by the name of kisskisskrisgregory, and featured a solid green background and the default blue text displaying the wonderful title. The first post was equally enchanting, aligned to the left with an array of bright emojis complementing the blurry pictures of Emily Van Camp. If you’re curious, that endeavor morphed into TheKGDiaries (dig up my skeletons, go on).
That blurry ole’ thing eventually expanded to many blurry ole’ things. In fact, I once juggled six blogs at a time! There were countless hours spent on saving pretty pictures to my files or trying to come up with a creative post format or stretching and editing photos to make headers. I’ll never forget the deadly, charming Isabelle Navarre, or the almost-punk Danielle Rae, or the straight out of a fairytale character Goldilocks. At that point, there were many blogs on WordPress, and everyone often stayed up past midnight talking. Sure, there was the fair bit of drama, but that comes with being teenage girls that have never met each other face to face.
Long story short, it’s been a wonderful journey on WordPress, and even though most of the girls I talked with during the summer are gone by the wayside, the few and faithful continue our journey. Massie Block, Alicia Rivera, Dylan Marvil, Kristen Gregory, Claire Lyons – five, bratty, spoiled teenagers that were written about in a 2006 novel we’re all too old for. Yet who could have imagined?
For the past year, I’ve seen these characters and many others through my eyes and 25+ other girls’. And as two years creeps up on me, I’d like to say a belated thank you. Thank you to Lisi Harrison, the queen mother, Elizabeth McLaughlin and all the other ‘The Clique’ movie actresses, FotoFlexer, the WP app, WeHeartIt, AIM, coffee, other bloggers, everyone and everything else, and most of all, you, dear reader.
Thanks. It’s been great, and it will be until everyone decides it isn’t.