Today, Women Overboard! turns 1. It seems impossible that 365 days have passed since we sat in Michele’s dining room, kvetching about having to write the way other people wanted us to write. Why the hell couldn’t we write for ourselves?
And so a blog was born. The first name we chose was The F Word; when we started listing topics we wanted to write about, most of them started with “F”: turning 50, friendship, family, and on and on. We thought the name would draw lots of people to our site, but soon realized that they might not be people we wanted to spend a lot of time with online. So we chose a phrase that reflected the way we felt: overwhelmed at midlife, some days just barely hanging on.
In 12 months, we’ve loaded 203 posts, including a handful from guest bloggers; logged 5,800 page hits – with a highlight of 553 one Friday last winter, when the Boston Globe featured us on the front page of their website. Most of those guys didn’t hang around, but we’ve developed a small but loyal following, which suits us just fine.
The two of us will be getting together next weekend for a little belated celebrating, but we’d like to invite you to come with us to a different celebration over at National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November, a party that we’re arriving to 13 years late. The goal – pegged as 30 days and nights of literary abandon – is to write a 55,000-word novel in one month. It sounds like loads of fun and seems to involve a lot of people with really good senses of humor, so we’re in. To find out more, visit www.nanowrimo.org (make sure you read the history page, it’s a hoot).
And to all those loyal readers: thanks for stopping by each week. We appreciate your support, your comments, and your friendship and hope that we’ve made you think or made you laugh, and that we’ve written about things that you recognize in your own lives. We hope, too, that you’ll stick around with us for the coming year and join the conversation.
Michele and Mindy