one year of blogging

One year ago today, January 24 2005, I went down to a photocopy place here in Montreal and printed up some 'books'. These books were filled with some of my short stories. The 'books' were printed up and I proceeded to hawk them on the sidewalk. I sold my first book for thirteen cents. Well, more like I convinced two Aussies to give me anything, just to make a sale - and they emptied out their pockets to make it happen. (I think they gave me pocket lint too, totally free.) But the fact remains, I sold them a book, loss or not. I managed to make a very slight profit that night and when I came home I put the thirteen cents up on the top of my computer monitor as a token of good luck, and a reminder that if I ever planned to make it as a writer, maybe hawking literature on the sidewalks of Montreal isn't the best way to go about it. I wrote a blog entry that night. It was my first blog entry ever. You can read it here. A lot of stuff has happened since that first blog entry, but I'm just as proud of those thirteen cents as anything else that's happend along the way. I kind of think of those thirteen cents as another form of one red paperclip. If I hadn't started small, and thought big, none of this would have happened. Tomorrow, I'm driving the cube van to New York to appear on ABC News. Should be fun, Talk to you soon, Kyle

26 comments:

Captin Shmit said...

sup y0.
I saw you on G4 and must say I am very impressed with how far you got. I may just try the same thing the next time I find one coloured office supply on my desk. I wish I had something as good as a cube truck to offer you, but I do wish you the best of luck and I hope to see you on ABC tomorrow!

Click here to trade death for life said...

good luck on ABC

Trish said...

You are brilliant -- this is a great concept. Keep kicking ass (and taking names).

TD

P E double G Y said...

definitely a genius idea! good luck

Nick said...

Have your 15 minutes of fame at www.15mins.orgtgddlq

Yasamin said...

funny how that works. i posted on my blog and, after reviewing it, i started flipping through random blogs and yours came up and this is one really long sentance but i thought i should tell you that seeing a good writer make it, makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. im up to about 22,000 words in mine and i can only hope i have the good luck you did, not saying that it was all luck because i understand what a bitch it really is to get writings published. come visit my blog sometime and we can compare notes. ps the cube van scares me. i could offer you a set of pastel gel pens and one bitchy kitty cat.
ppss.. my unique word verification word i had to type in to post this was FCUIUR what language is that?

Anonymous said...

Nice blog


mynewsbot.com
Never miss a headline

JODSTER said...

I see that you have been picked as the blog of note on the Blogger main page.

Great. Now EVERYONE will be here. Actually, that IS great...

Dag Erik Nygaard said...

You're doing a great job :) Keep it up!

Faith said...

Writing is a tough business. Depends on what you write too. Good luck with those books.

R2K said...

:) I been reading this blog for a while, google finally picked up on it and added it to the front page.

Congrats! I really like the idea!

Bathroom Review

Sphinx said...

Very interesting concept! I love it!!

Great blog.

Trish said...

Very interesting blog! You are on blogger's homepage, featured on "Blogs of Note" Keep up the great work, wishing you all the very best!

Much luck and I'll be baaack.. :)

Anonymous said...

congrats :)

boo said...

congrats :-)

vw: czvjkgbm (man, that makes my eyes hazy)

Unsaid said...

Your success makes me smile and inspires me!

Steph Dawe said...

Congrats on being a blog of note!

Anonymous said...

Heard on George's show last night that they will be in Yahk in February. Looking forward to the show....

me said...

wow. i happened upon your blog simply by clicking 'next blog.' i hope you get a house. shit-- i hope i get a house. good luck!

layla said...

hi, great blog.

Patricia Bates said...

What a fun idea! Best wishes

MadPawnbroker said...

Good Luck Great Blog ;)

Snailor said...

JODSTER said...
I see that you have been picked as the blog of note on the Blogger main page.

Great. Now EVERYONE will be here. Actually, that IS great...

3:41 PM


Damn right it's great. Stumbled upon this gem whilst looking for the lonely island dude's blog. But this is awesome as well. Definately bookmarked

paul asjes said...

i love your story. i love the "13 cent" things in our lives.

i found your blog because as i was signing into my blog, i have a one red paperclip on my index finger as i was holding the mouse. then "one red paperclip" was posted as a blog to read or something, so i clicked on it, i had to.

best of luck to you.

FarmersInsuranceGroupSucks said...

Congrats on your one year of posting! :-)

PJ said...

This has to have been the most ridiculous-yet-brilliant idea in the world! Trade a paperclip for bigger/better stuff - and people are actually willing to give you stuff that's bigger/better!

HAS to be the fun factor (plus the idea of possibly getting a photo with you so they can appear on your website)!

Good luck!