Two Years!Sat Feb 3, 2007 Miss Vicky
My goodness. It's been two years since the Webgeek and I launched Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks. And what a two years it's been! When we started this thing it was a fun collaboration with my partner, a way of celebrating my community, a way of building a kind of virtual neighbourhood. One year later, having become more and more engaged in the muncipal political scene by writing about it, I made the rather large leap of running for city council... and then I found out I was pregnant. And now Gordie is here!
That's a whole lotta change.
In that time period, we've posted 560 entries, there have been 2859 comments and a whopping 142 users have registered! All but 20 of these folks have posted comments. Top 5 posters (aside from Miss Vicky and the Webgeek) are: amckay (with 447 comments), liss76 (174) accidental altruist (146), Flanders (140) and pinklitva (76 - where are you pinklitva? It's been a while). I'd list the posts that have elicited the most comments, but many of those ended badly, so I think I'll take a pass. Regulars know what I'm talking about.
I've been feeling pretty badly about my intermittent postings lately - although I had intended to keep the blog active through the campaign, pregnancy and Gordie's early months, it has been challenging to maintain quality and quantity. Often I have resorted to announcements and Ringing Endorsements, with far less analysis than the early days. So I decided to take a nostalgia trip to the archives for some inspiration and to dig out the highlights of Miss Vicky's first two years in the blogosphere. Here are some of my favourites:
Semi-solicited advice for googlers - analyzing our search terms
The Webgeek's Ode to the #2
Given the recent (overdue) apology and compensation and the stream of letters to the editor that have followed, it might be timely to point to this post about why we should all care about the Arar inquiry
also in the what's old is new again department, a good discussion about transit fare hikes
The environment remains a preoccupation.... we've blogged about.... waste, composting, the evils of plastic bags, Project Porchlight, and even alternative energy.
The Webgeek's had some fun posts. I enjoyed his rant about the ill-fated Renegades "Mardi Gras" promotion and the subsequent attempts to define sexism. Also his description of what happens on election day
We've done a LOT of restaurant reviews. But the one that gets the most hits is Miss Vicky's defense of Stoneface Dolly's, after a blistering review by the Citizen food critic.
Then there are Miss Vicky's own Recipes, more recipes, including the ode to beets and of course Comfort ing Tunafish Casserole.
And speaking of Comfort food
There have been some good Dear Miss Vicky queries - like the Reading List for pinklitva's teenage son, and of course the series of wedding anxieties and dilemmas. I do enjoy the advice column part of the blog, so please send in your questions!
and who can forget the Renovation diet? It went on and on and on and on and on and onand on. Whew!
As our attention turned to Gordon's imminent arrival, we did some preparatory research. No regrets about our choice so far!
and finally, there's the beginning of Miss Vicky's new role.
one of the best things about the blog are the folks I've met because of it. Like QUADgirl, who attended my campaign launch, or the many readers I encountered during the campaign or at community events who've said "oh YOU'RE Miss Vicky".
I don't have a definite plan for the blog, except to keep going. I do think it's become a go-to place for many in the neighbourhood, and I intend to keep updating everyone about the comings and goings along our mainstreet, important community events, fun arty and family outings. And good food, of course. I'm going to continue to write about municipal politics and keep an eye on this new mayor of ours. I hope you'll all stick with me.
Feel free to de-lurk and post some of your own favourite threads. Or just say hi!