I can't believe this is still going on. I remember nervously sitting in front of my computer in March 2013 and pressing the "publish" button, watching the views creep up painfully slowly as I sent links to my most trusted friends and they dutifully pressed "refresh" to boost my ego.
I still remember looking at my mum in amazement and crying: "Seventeen pageviews!"
Now, I've had over eighteen thousand pageviews. That number still doesn't quite make sense to me! Aside from that, I've been nominated for an award, appeared on local radio, been interviewed for television, published zines with my friend, written for other Irish websites... and generally had a ball.
In a turbulent (understatement of the century) year of great experiences and disasters, my blog has remained a constant in my life and, while at times hard work with a few frustrations (such as uploading pictures upside-down!), it's been a great way for me to escape a world of exams, study and stress, and just focus on writing for a while. As many of you know, I use a sort-of pseudonym for this blog, so it can be a welcome break to log onto that account on my computer and just "be" Catherine Ann Minnock for a while.
A huge fear for me has been internet bullies and trolls, but so far I've had nothing but lovely comments. The only negative experiences have been spam messages trying to sell me pills that I as a female will never have a use for... By now, I'm getting a few emails each month from people with new opportunities or just lovely feedback about my blogposts. Whether it's scoliosis or the Leaving Cert, people have rewarded my personal commentary by opening up themselves and sharing with me. It's such a special thing.
Speaking of which, I think proof of how far I've come was when I was offered something which for a small-time blogger just screams success... FREEBIES! Yessss.... these came from a site called www.vikingdirect.ie. I was emailed the other week about it, and of course I didn't want to be one of those bloggers who just advertises everything, but this is genuinely a handy site. Many of my readers will be heading to university this year, and Viking sell some wonderful stationery and office supplies.: everything from notebooks and label-makers to tea and coffee!
There is the added bonus of being able to buy in bulk: a top tip I've read about heading to Uni is to club together with a few friends and buy your stationery in large packs online to avail of discounts. If you're travelling a long way like me, there's the added bonus of having your stuff delivered directly to your digs or halls!
But I digress. What I'm really saying in this post is a) thank you all for reading and supporting "Unlucky For Some" and b) goodbye.
Not goodbye from me, just goodbye for Unlucky For Some. I've decided to take everything I've learned in the last year and create a brand new blog, www.catherineannminnock.blogspot.ie.
It's the same Catherine Ann, the same opinion pieces and recipes, but with a more personal touch. You can click on the "Secret Diary" tab to see what I've been up to on my new University adventure. I'm also endeavouring to make the site easier to navigate and nicer to look at too, by adding more pictures and even on occasion a YouTube video!
I'm so excited and can't wait to get stuck in to my new adventure, but it's with a heavy heart that I leave this blog, where it all began.
Of course, the site will still be here for you-and I-to trawl through the archives. I'll also be returning to add any more posts to the "Scoliosis Story", because I'd like them to be in one place where they belong.
If you're feeling as emotional as I am about this ending (even if it is to make way for something better) then you'll be pleased to hear about the "shop" button I'll be adding to the new site in the next few weeks. This will enable you to purchase, for a limited time, a copy of "Unlucky For Some: The Zine", an edited, illustrated collection of my favourite blog posts. I'll also leave a link here when that's sorted out.
That's all for now. Thanks so much for making Unlucky For Some the luckiest place on the internet.
See you on the other side! (...er, site)
Catherine Ann xxx