A year ago today...
I started a certain Tumblr account called Not-Poignant.
I did it at the encouragement of a small number of fans of FtDWR over at AO3, and I refused for ages. It was zinfandelli who helped me make the final leap. And even then, I think I waited a week or so after a conversation about it before I made the leap.
I was worried that creating a Tumblr for my fanfiction and my writing would go wrong in a lot of ways. Worried I’d let myself get distracted from the writing.
I never could have predicted that I’d end up making friends. Becoming involved in the occasional hilarious reblog war. Answering asks that dealt not only with the material itself, but also with the bravery of other people’s struggles through mental illness and other difficulties.
I certainly didn’t predict that it might help a small collaborative community grow, or that it would generate its own fandom (Poigdom!), or that I could support artists and other writers and cosplayers and roleplayers and musicians and film-students, or that I would end up having so much fun.
Sure, there’s been bad days. Everyone has bad days.
But I feel - at this moment - really glad that I made this Tumblr. And I’d like to wish it a happy birthday of sorts. Here’s to another great year, folks, and even more writing. And here’s to another year of this blog not being a place to foster hate or ill-feeling, and a place that generates support and community. You folks have helped me realise, in various ways, that maybe I can make it as a writer. And maybe I can’t, but the fact is, now I have more belief than ever that maybe I can.
PS: In a year, we’ve seen almost all of FtDWR / ISWF / Game Theory as well as numerous oneshots come out; here’s to another year of a significant amount of writing content as well! Turns out I can still write and have a Tumblr! Yaaaaaaaay.