Plans For My Blogging Anniversary And Someone Looking For Absolutely Nothing Finds My Blog

My second blogging anniversary is in November so my plan is to repost one of my favourite pieces once a week, probably on Friday’s, until the actual anniversary.

But not wholesale, the Super Special Second Salted Anniversary posts will have new content with a link to the archived post. The idea being I’d like to encourage people to read the conversations which were started last year or two years ago… and hopefully take part in them.

…if someone wanted to jump ahead they could take a look at the Excerpts From 100 Posts page… which almost no one seems to do. I actually asked and your grandmother said it would be good idea. Don’t you love your grandmother?

Actually a bunch of my blogversaries are coming up. Like October 16, 2006, which was when I actually joined WordPress by creating my first username and test blog, johnnytesting. Then there was the creation of my [redacted] username and blog, and [redacted] on November 15.

But the anniversary I’ll be marking is the creation of Salted Lithium, which was on the evening of November 14, 2006.

Actually… I’m still trying to decide what it is exactly that I’m going to do… last year I published a post of quotes from the comments left by the seventy-nine people who left notes on Salted during my first twelve months, along with a link to their blog if they had one, and also left them all messages in the post.

It took about two solid days to create. Then I collapsed and died. Twice.

Revisiting all of those comments — I think I ended up re-reading close to a thousand of them — to put the post together really solidified for me the idea of how important being a part of a blogging community could be.

I might do the same thing again, but any suggestions on how to mark the anniversary without collapsing from exhaustion or spending money or visiting everyone, would be appreciated.

ahem… of course if anyone wants to do something for me they’d have about eight weeks to plan. cough.

I do know that to celebrate our second year of being friends I’ll be sending Clare something which may or may not put her family into a diabetic coma.


I’ve never heard of a blogger receiving a visit from someone searching for absolutely nothing… but it’s kind of cool.




About Gabriel...

...diagnosed with manic depression when I was nineteen, for the next 14-years I lived without treatment or a recovery plan. I've been homeless, one time I graduated college, I've won awards for reporting on Internet privacy issues, and a weekly humour column. In 2002 I finally hit bottom and found help. It's now 2022, and I have an 8-year old son, and a 12-year old son... I’m usually about six feet tall, and I'm pretty sure I screwed up my book deal. I mostly blog at
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15 Responses to Plans For My Blogging Anniversary And Someone Looking For Absolutely Nothing Finds My Blog

  1. thordora says:

    That’s very odd.

    I still owe you ocean. If I ever get there.

  2. bromac says:

    Congrats on the anniversary!!

  3. Ameroux says:

    Oops, I meant to post this in comments for “Still self-destructing . . .” What a bonehead 🙂

    [previous comment moved to Still Self Destructing After All These Years]

  4. That is totally fucking bizarre. I have never seen a “blank” in my search terms. Let’s hear it for technology being crap again! But you know what my stupid sitch is at the moment.

    And you made me laugh when you said you died. Twice.



  5. Kitty says:

    Gabriel, you can be so serious and so hilarious at the same time.
    You’re so gifted.
    Love that, looking for nothing and found your blog.

  6. Gabriel... says:

    Hello Kitty, and thanks. I really needed that this morning. I didn’t think “zero” was supposed to exist, but it appears it can be found somewhere on my blog. The stats counter didn’t actually say which post had the nothingness in it… too bad.

    The basic theory of nothing: [here]

    Hi Ameroux… I plan on writing another post to maybe give a little more depth to the examples I was using… the money thing, the feast and famine thing, is one of many behaviours… one of many symptoms. It’s just the easiest one to find examples of. If you want to move your comment — and you totally don’t have to — copy and paste it into the comment box on the last post and I’ll edit the time so it looks like it was there all along.

  7. XUP says:

    Are you going to be expecting presents for all these anniversaries? Is that why you’re giving us so much advanced notice? Because I don’t think I can afford that many presents. Will a heartfelt and hearty congratulations do instead? I hope so.

  8. Gabriel... says:

    …well… I’m only only cough expecting cough something on the second anniversary of Salted Lithium on (or around) November 14, but if you want to keep a tally I actually have eight blogs with three usernames. I could send you the complete calender if it’d make everything easier on you.

  9. XUP says:

    How about a nice, non-gender specific congratulatory greeting card?

  10. exactscience says:

    Dude. You mentioned buying cars for your readers. It is in a post somewhere in plain HTML.

    I’ll settle for a ’74 Scirocco or a Campaign Edition ’92 VR6 Corrado

  11. Gabriel... says:

    XUP, as long as there are tickets to and from something or somewhere in that card you can make it colour specific to whichever gender you’d like… otherwise I’m good with dark green. Which is a lovely colour.

    Scooter, if I decide to go the car route you’ll be lucky to get a Peel P50… and you’ll have to prove you’re actually a reader. For all I know you’ve been faking it for the past eight months… I don’t know how. Maybe you have a staff. Or maybe you’re a really, really good guesser.

  12. exactscience says:

    Dude. Do some research a Peel P50 goes for £35000 up.

    How did you find out about the staff. I have been phoning this shit in for the past year

  13. Gabriel... says:

    Heh… believe me, at times it showed. Ouch, that burned. Dude, maybe for an original but here the P50 is a chew toy for a dog. I can get six brand new ones at the pet store for $9.99…

  14. Cool screen shot, Gabriel.

  15. Kitty says:

    I’ve gotten a search with nothing in the box but didn’t think of it the way you did. I just assumed something was messed up and the information didn’t go through.

    I like the way you think. It is often profoundly funny.
    I know you’ve heard this a million times but here goes a million and one. You need to write a book. The voice in your writing is arresting.

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