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Lostnchina’s One Year Anniversary

In terms of remembering birthdays and anniversaries I’m more like *gasp* a guy.  The beginning of a month rolls around, and I start panicking about whose birthday or anniversary I should be remembering in the next 30 days.  Around the middle of the month, I figure it’s safe enough to email or call my friends wishing them a happy birthday or anniversary – I’ll either be early, or have just missed their birthdays by 14 days at the most.  And because my friends are kind and forgiving where I’m utterly clueless and forgetful, they will always graciously thank me for the well-wishes, or politely remind me that they’d broken up with Jim/Jill, or that their birthdays were two months ago.  Then, the next year rolls around and this sad scenario repeats itself.

In fact, I wouldn’t have known it was my blog’s one-year anniversary had I not been updating my Freshly Pressed page and realized that my very first post was dated September 2, 2011.   Wow, a whole year!  Starting the blog and sustaining it for the first few months was as easy as getting fat.  But continuing it for a year is as sobering as trying to lose those last five pounds…which have since become ten.  However, if it weren’t for my fellow bloggers – their writing and encouragement – I wouldn’t have lasted this long.  So, this anniversary post is dedicated to you guys in the blogosphere and the fellow bloggers I’ve been following and enjoying this past year.

The First Five

They say you never forget your first true love, but I’ll never forget the first five bloggers I started following on WordPress:

Gin & Lemonade

Gingerfightback

Mostly Bright Ideas

The Camel Life

Ashley Jillian

These five bloggers couldn’t be any more different from each other.  The-soon-to-be-married Lorna at Gin & Lemonade writes snippets about her life in Scotland with her fiance (previously boyfriend) in a very real and sometimes poignant manner.  Jim, quite possibly a ginger from the UK, fills the desperate void of British highbrow comedy with highly-acclaimed advice columns from Oily George and musings from Bob (When Bob’s on the Pot He Likes to Read Alot – It’s a Man Thing!).

Charles (thankfully, not Bukowski) is the closest I’ve seen to my humor writer god, David Sedaris.  Charles has penned many amusing posts, but a recent one about s daughter’s wedding is truly touching.

BreezyK and Ashley J, along with Karen at The Chronicles of a Skinny Jeans-wearing Toronto Girl are part of what I call the young whippersnappers generation.  They’re sharp and funny and make me feel old and tired, like the five layers of wallpaper that’s keeping the plaster walls of my house from caving in on me.

The League of Extraordinarily Sarcastic, Neurotic, but Never Didactic Women

Actually, not all of these lovely women are irreverently sarcastic; some are just flat-out funny.  Heather‘s posts alternate between the turtles at the zoo and the zoo in her home.  The other Heather is a little snarkier, especially where her trailer-trash mom is concerned.  And speaking of Queen Snarky, Cristy Carrington Lewis burst onto the WordPress scene with her Freshly Pressed post Why I Hate Witty People.  She also has a thing against short people, being taller than average.  Leanne Shirtliffe, by her own admission, is “an exhausted mom of eight-year-old twins”.  And yet, she still has time to pen stuff for NickMom.com and the Huffington Post.  I think she also teaches and walks on water.

Nary two weeks go by when WSW drops a vinegar-infused, but low sodium post about cooking and eating healthy.  (Neither of which she seems to be succeeding at, judging from her recent posts.)  Linda J. writes about *stuff*, such as her uterus and her family (which I assume was borne from her uterus).  JBo and Myra are crazy for different reasons – JBo’s a therapist and she’s from Iowa (yeah, I know what you’re thinking – LOTS of fodder for a blog there).  Myra’s parents are crazy, but now they’ve disowned her and she’s trying to get funding for a film project she’s making with her pound pit bull, Vito.  Renee, I believe, is quite normal – despite the fact that she devoted a whole post to Cottonelle toilet paper.  Flushed with success from that post, Renee followed up with another about Mitt Romney, sans the toilet paper, but twice the BS.  Jodie A‘s potty mouth and Renee’s Cottonelle should meet.  I’ve seen enough cursing in Jodie’s blog to make a merchant marine blush.  And being the sole Brit in the bunch, Sue Fenton brings her own brand of wit and humor to the blogosphere with posts, such as Things to Do in a Dull Town at Lunchtime series.  The woman’s so popular, she even has a TESTIMONIALS page, where people talk about her in the third person.

What’s Lostnchina Without the “China”?

Being in China has introduced me to a whole realm of expats in China, Caucasians who think they’re Chinese, Chinese who think they’re Caucasian, Caucasians who have married Chinese, and Chinese who have married their jobs.

I first noticed Nicholas‘ writing because he stole my blog header of the Great Wall and the rolling hills.  In order to differentiate myself from the Nicholas’ blog, which covers China’s social, economic, and cultural issues I opted for the picture of a lone Chinese man standing dejectedly by the edge of his farm field, looking out over his failed crops.  This picture is deep on many levels – it speaks of this man’s pain at having to suffer through another poor crop season.  The picture may also reflect the pain he feels, as he’s lost his (real) Rolex watch somewhere in them fields.  But then, I noticed that Tom, Yaxue Cao and Casey over at Seeing Red in China have stolen this picture from me.  And their blog does cover a variety of topics relating to the Chinese man, his past, present and future.

So, then I had the brilliant idea about documenting the lives of some mops I saw in China, as well as penning an impractical guide to the Chinese city I was living in, all the while recording my cooking and eating experiments in China.  However, MaryAnne, who always seems to be flinging herself from one project to another, from one country to the next, beat me to these ideas.  Damn you, MaryAnne!  And she calls herself a Canadian!

And then there are the more benign China bloggers – Kelly Sandor, a hilarious woman who married a hilariouser Chinese man and is continually befuddled by the comings and goings of life in China.   Expat Edna, who isn’t really in China anymore and travels all over the place as a freelance sports writerJen Brown, a Seattle/Salt Lake City native who’s somehow found her way smack dab in the human rat maze of Hong Kong.  I also like looking at pretty pictures, which is why the China Urban Development Blog is so cool.  Other China bloggers – Wandering American, Roomaomao.  And bloggers who are expats but not necessarily in China –

Stupid Ugly Foreigner

Topiclessbar

Roam About Mike

Artsy Fartsy

Now, you may not be able to tell by looking at the collage of my mother I’d made in grade five out of used pizza boxes with the cheese still clinging onto the cardboard, but I do enjoy the visual arts, DIY projects and interior design. However, the blogs I follow aren’t just about the visual arts, but also about writing and self-reflection.

Malate: Elmer and I know each other well, thanks to copious amounts of alcohol and Chinese New Year panties.  He’s also a regular visitor to China and tells wonderful stories through his photography.  However, Elmer’s most touching creation was his sincere, concerned and artistic response to attempts at dating.

Smallest Forest: If you’re not following Nat, then you’re not one of her 1500 blog followers, and you need to get with her program, which includes small books the size of your finger pads, her needle and thread creations, as well as her recipes, writing and drawings.  Inbetween all this activity she still has time to hold down a job and a husband.

Jake’s Printer: It’s not only Jake’s graphics that led me to his site, but the write ups to the weekly photo challenges he has, some of which are truly inspiring.  Jake also holds his weekly Sunday Post Challenge, where readers are encouraged to submit their own creations.

In a Class By Themselves

kennethauthor.com: The blog that’s under 550 calories

aspoonfulofsuga.wordpress.com: Because a mouthful would just be wrong.

doctorquack.wordpress.com: One more blog on the intrawebs.

mooselicker.wordpress.com: He’d rather be dead than well-read.

roboticrhetoric.wordpress.com: Berking around since 1993.

Thank you to all the bloggers who have made this past year so enjoyable for me (whether you know/care, or not).
Please also check out my Awards & Blogroll page for more awesome bloggers!

Question of the Day: Who are some of YOUR favorite bloggers?

47 comments on “Lostnchina’s One Year Anniversary

  1. Sue Fenton
    October 17, 2012

    Thanks for mentioning me and your kind words! Yes, I do indeed have a testimonials page – I like to get employers to write something nice about me before they sober up.

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    • lostnchina
      October 17, 2012

      Hmm…great advice about the testimonials page, Sue. Though given the fact that most people who read my blog are probably already under the influence, more alcohol may make them unable to write legibly.

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  2. kjsandor
    October 3, 2012

    Thanks for the mention – glad to be a part of your bloggy entertainment from time to time!! Congrats on sticking with it for a year too!

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    • lostnchina
      October 4, 2012

      No problem. And thank YOU for your blog. Always enjoy seeing what you and your hubby are gonna get into next 😉

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  3. Miss Snarky Pants
    October 3, 2012

    Happy Anniversary, Girlie! I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your blog over the last 9 months that I’ve been blogging. You were an early find for me and I adore your hilarious take on life abroad. Then there’s the whole mutual David Sedaris adulation online society that we’re forming. Now, if only he’d join our party.

    Thanks again for the kind shout out; you’re a sweetheart! Keep posting. I know it’s hard to maintain (Erm…did I post in September? Oooops!), but you can and should do it.

    Again, 恭喜你!(That’s supposed to mean “Congratulations!” but if it turns out that it means “bicycle whore” or “the toaster is shiny,” you’ll know my heart was in the right place.)

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    • lostnchina
      October 4, 2012

      Aww…thanks, shucks. Yeeah…where is YOUR next post there, Mz. Cristy? I’m thinking the veganism has made you mellow off from writing. DON’T PROVE ME WRONG! It’s just the tofu talking.

      謝謝!

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  4. Happy Anniversary!! The one about you not knowing how to cook rice is still one of my favourites 🙂

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    • lostnchina
      October 3, 2012

      Thanks…yeah….and I still haven’t learned how to cook rice. Have also thrown out my old rice cooker…taking up too much space

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  5. LKD
    October 1, 2012
    • lostnchina
      October 3, 2012

      Lorna, thanks for the reading list, will be sure to check it out.

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  6. elmer
    October 1, 2012

    I hope my pic wont start another global outrage. Happy first, Sue. Shall we dance? I hear a Gangnam…

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    • lostnchina
      October 3, 2012

      Elmer! If you are willing to dress up and dance Gangam, I would be honored to be your partner.

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  7. Andrea Kelly
    September 30, 2012

    Congratulations on one year!

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    • lostnchina
      September 30, 2012

      Thanks! Hope I can make it for another. It really is as hard as the losing the last 5 lbs!

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  8. gingerfightback
    September 29, 2012

    Happy Birthday! I didn’t realise i was one of the first. More bizarre fashion photos please…..

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    • lostnchina
      September 30, 2012

      Jim, thanks. I didn’t realize the comment section has become a kind of “request” page. Perhaps I’ll try to combine Heather’s request for more dating posts with one about bizarre fashion photos. But most men who deign to date me don’t want to be documented.

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  9. MaryAnne
    September 29, 2012

    Oh ho ho! So I dare not reveal my next super secret bloggy project lest you poach it! Congrats on your blogiversary! Here’s to many more! The mops salute you!

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    • lostnchina
      September 30, 2012

      That reminds me, have you done a “mops standing in salute” post…maybe in front of Tianamen? Or, maybe that is too politically charged. That’s such an obvious one, but I thought I’d ask.

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      • MaryAnne
        September 30, 2012

        Not yet but that would be an interesting, rather challenging prospect. I haven’t actually been blocked yet by the GFW. Curious what it would take to get a visit by the PSB at midnight. Let’s see if they’ll come for the mops…

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  10. bronxboy55
    September 29, 2012

    Congratulations, Susan. As you continue to explore that strange and wonderful country, I look forward to many more years of exploring your strange and wonderful mind. Keep writing!

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  11. jakesprinter
    September 29, 2012

    Excellent work my friend thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • lostnchina
      September 30, 2012

      Thank YOU for providing us with great ideas and posts week after week on your blog, Jake!

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  12. J-Bo
    September 29, 2012

    Thanks for including me!

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  13. smallestforest
    September 29, 2012

    Ka-Boom! Happy anniversary, Sue! Deep inside I always suspected you were married to your blog, and only doing the dating posts for form. 😉 Your writing is so good, and the experience of reading the posts so satisfying that I was sure you’d had the blog for several years…can’t believe it’s just a year old. Kudos! Yours is one of MY favorite blogs, a ‘keeper’ when I do the spring cleaning on my feed reader and throw out most other blogs that have gone stale.
    Thank you for the shout out!

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    • lostnchina
      September 30, 2012

      Thanks, Nat. And don’t forget to keep Elmer in line. He was making some snarky comments about your tiny books a few days ago 😉

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  14. expatlingo
    September 29, 2012

    Cheers for the shout out and happy anniversary!

    To celebrate, I’d like to offer you a selection of long-life, shelf-stable moon cakes (for just 500 calories a bite, you too can enjoy the taste of slightly sweet cardboard soaked in grease!). Just send along your address and they’re all yours 😉

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    • lostnchina
      September 30, 2012

      Really, Jen – I think those mooncakes could be used as door stops after about 6 months. Or, in the event of nuclear war, they could be an emergency food. Although the ice cream variety isn’t bad, I think the purpose of mooncakes is to make you look like one, after you’ve ingested a few.

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  15. mrmarymuthafuckingpoppins
    September 29, 2012

    Reblogged this on A Spoonful of Suga and commented:
    Its my dear Suzan’s One year anniversary, send some love her way

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    • lostnchina
      September 30, 2012

      Geeez, thanks Mr.M. I’ve still got a ways to go to catch up to you 😉

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  16. Edna
    September 29, 2012

    Holy cow a shoutout? I’m touched. Congrats on the anniversary (I honestly thought you’d been blogging much longer!) and hopefully we cross paths one day, in China or elsewhere! (and seriously, how many sites does MaryAnne run? The woman is a machine.)

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    • MaryAnne
      September 29, 2012

      Just three 😉 Well, plus all those ones I’ve abandoned over the years…

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      • lostnchina
        September 30, 2012

        MaryAnne, I’d wanted to do a blog post about garbage bags in China. They are the crappiest, thinnest bags I’ve ever seen. Plus, it’s been 7 years now and I still can’t buy the right size for my garbage can…which is odd, as it seems the garbage containers come in only one size. It’s no wonder people use the plastic bags they get from the stores as a garbage bag.

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        • MaryAnne
          September 30, 2012

          They are dire, aren’t they? We always feel guilty about paying those few extra mao for the grocery bags (white pollution, people!) but if we didn’t, we’d be quadruple layering the crappy ones and still getting poke-throughs.

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    • lostnchina
      September 30, 2012

      Edna…I’m sure we’ll be colliding somewhere in the world one day. I do envy you traveling all over the place!

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  17. Heather Christena Schmidt
    September 29, 2012

    This is a wonderful first year anniversary!! 🙂 I’m so glad you are a part of the blogging world!!

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  18. WSW
    September 29, 2012

    Thanks for the shout out, Susan! You’ve reminded me that I, too, just passed the one year mark without noticing, but since I routinely forget my own wedding anniversary and occasionally even my child’s name, that’s hardly alarming. Yours is by far one of the best and funniest blogs out there; it consistently hands me a laugh and always makes me feel like I’m not drinking alone. Love to love ya’.

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    • lostnchina
      September 30, 2012

      Awww…shucks. Right back atcha! I actually went to the grocery store today, saw the Greek God yogurt and thought of you. (But I bought the Activia yogurt instead, as it’s only 70 calories per container, but as small as my nostril.)

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  19. Life in the Boomer Lane
    September 29, 2012

    Oh my. I’m always shocked when anyone finds me (I’m really short and get lost a lot). I stopped reading most other’s people’s blogs because I was spending the entire day doing it and, aside from activity involving Cottonelle, I wasn’t leaving my computer screen and I was living in my pajamas and eating only lukewarm coffee. I am now in a 12 step program and feeling better. But I am honored that you read my blog and that you actually mentioned me. BTW, one world class hilarious blogger is speaker7.wordpress.com. She slays me. Then I come to life and she slays me again.

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    • lostnchina
      September 30, 2012

      Thanks for stopping by, Renee. And always a joy to read your latest post!

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  20. becomingcliche
    September 29, 2012

    Awww! I see my creepy snowman in your collage! Thanks for that! My favorite bloggers? You’re one of them. Need more dating posts! NOW!

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    • lostnchina
      September 30, 2012

      Your creepy snowman was so tiny, I had to enlarge it several times, so it wouldn’t get lost among everyone’s ginormous gravatars.

      As for dating, I’ve decided to stop for a while after an email exchange with JohnnyGreatGuy50. He contacted me, so I asked him what’s so great about JohnnyGreatGuy50, and he responded with an email written entirely in the third person – “Are you kidding me? Have you read Johnny’s profile? He’s great!”

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  21. Author Jodi Ambrose
    September 29, 2012

    What a great post!! 🙂 Yeah, I do have a potty mouth! I blame it on my best friend. She made me say the F-word when I was in 6th grade (or was it 4th??) and it just stuck! 😉

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    • lostnchina
      September 30, 2012

      Thanks for stopping by, Jodi! Well, everyone’s gotta have a skill, and a potty mouth is as good as any. It’s a dying art nowadays, I believe.

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