This has been a very special week for me and—I hope—today will be a very special day for you.
Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking . . . “Well, here he goes again.” (Stop that! I can see you rolling your eyes! Yes . . . I can see you. I’m psychic remember?)
Okay, are you in character? Great!
Now, continue your thoughts . . . “Tom, What are you up to this time and what makes you think this week is so all-fired special?”
(You’re doing great! Now stay in character. We are working up to a pivotal point in the storyline.)
Then you so cleverly followed up that thought-provoking thought with . . . “And what about today—in particler—is so gall-danged important anyways? (BRAVO! You delivered those lines flawlessly. Shakespeare would have wept over your performance. I am SO proud!)
Well, I’m fixin’ to tell ya why today is so important.
This week is special because on March 6th of 2011 my blogging adventure began. Can you believe it? You and I have been on this fabulous journey for a whole year. I can hardly believe it myself. It seems like it was only yesterday when . . . (Initiate dream sequence.)
On the morning of March 6, 2011, I sat in my studio typing out my Hello World post. There I was, shy as a opossum, just knee-high to a grasshopper, still wet behind the ears and not having a clue about what I was gonna say after that first post. Then you showed up. You sat right along beside me (figuratively) and we started this adventure together. You were always delightful, supportive, enthusiastic and occasionally a little awkward about posting, but boy . . . just look at us now! (Dissolve dream sequence.)
Time has literally flown by and I can hardly comprehend what we have accomplished. Take a look at these numbers. As of this morning I have made 106 posts, racked up over 55,890 hits, received an astounding 2,100+ comments (not all mine.), gained 400+ followers, amassed oodles and oodles of lurkers (Yes, I know you are out there. See . . . another undeniable demonstration of my psychic ability.) and last—but most definitely not least—I have successfully fought off over 3,400 spam hits and barely broke a sweat. I gauge increased spam counts as a sign of success, so we must be doing something right.
Throughout this remarkable experience, you have been a constant and supportive companion. You have been with me through all the incredible highs, the devastating lows and patiently waited for me during my extended absences. You have been a BFF in every sense of the word.
I am pretty sure that if we were to look up the definition of BFF in the dictionary, we would find your picture there. Good ahead, look it up. I know you want to. I’ll just sit here and wait . . .
No, it’s not a problem. Take your time. (Imagine clock spinning.)
It’s not like I have anything important to say—or do. (Imagine clock spinning and me sitting patiently.)
Making you happy is what I live for. (Imagine clock spinning, me sitting patiently, a blissful smile spread across my face, because I’m thinking only of you and your happiness. Seriously . . . it was a toss-up between thinking of you or cheesecake. I chose you. Really!)
What? Your picture isn’t there?
Are you sure? Hold on. Let me check. (Imagine clock spinning.)
Hmmm, that’s funny. Your photo shows up every time I check the definition on my computer.
Have you updated your software? No? Then that must be the problem.
Don’t worry about it. You look mahvelous dahling! I’m pretty sure that they’re using your driver’s licence or passport photo. See . . . nothing to worry about.
Okay, now where was I?
Oh yeah, here’s what I wanted to tell you . . .
To celebrate this special week and more importantly—your undeniable fabulousness—I am introducing a new section to my blog. This new section is called Tom’s freebeez. (I know. It’s a very clever name.) Guess what you are going to find in this new section? Here’s a hint . . . look at the opening art.
That’s right! You get FREE BEEZ!!! (I just kill me sometimes.)
That’s right buckeroos and buckerettes, on the first Friday of each month I will be giving you a never beefore seen, beeautifully rendered, and unbeelievably cute, free downloadable Tom’s freebeez pdf pattern to use for applique, redwork, embroidery, needlepoint, henna or permanent tattoos or for anything else your heart’s desire.
That’s right! It’s YOURS and it’s FREE. No strings attached. Well, that’s not completely true. There is one string. I would like for you to give me credit for the original design—beyond that—Enjoy!
Click on the link to download the freebeez pdf pattern.
Tom’s freebeez: 2012 Newbee_ download pattern_BW
Beefore I Go
I have been busy as a bee (pun intended) getting this ready for you, so I am anxious to hear what you think about this new section. It is only the beeginning of what I have planned for you this year.
I am practically buzzing with excitement. (I just slay me . . . I need to stop . . . my ribs are hurting.)