One Year Later

Tomorrow I’ll return to my regularly-scheduled Castle recapping (How amazing was that 100th episode, by the way?), but, for today, NGN has a milestone of its own to celebrate.

My name is Katie, and I’m a nerdy girl.

With that confession, Nerdy Girl Notes was born. It’s been exactly one year since I first shared my nerdy side with all of you, and what a year it’s been. I can honestly say that this year has been one of the most creatively and intellectually rewarding of my life, and I feel honored to have shared this year of writing with some truly incredible people. To quote my personal hero Leslie Knope, “No one achieves anything alone,” and this year has taught me that more than any other.

I’m forever indebted to the smart, funny, and slightly insane (they have to be to be friends with me) writers and artists who’ve shared their talents with NGN, making this blog (and its Facebook and Twitter) look pretty and creating content that is as insightful as it is entertaining. I especially have to thank Heather and Leah, two women who have not only covered for me with excellent posts when I needed a pinch-hitter; they’ve been two of my most wonderful sources of support throughout this first year of NGN. For anyone who thinks the only friends you can make on the Internet are future axe-murderers, I present these two lovely ladies as a counterargument.

In addition, I just want to thank all of you who’ve taken the time to comment on here; reblog things I’ve written on Tumblr; or share a link to NGN on Twitter, Facebook, or any other form of social media I’m too technologically-illiterate to understand. You have no idea how thrilled it makes me to think that people who aren’t obligated to tell me they like this website (aka my mom) actually enjoy what I write.

I’ve learned so much from these past 365 days as I’ve tried to make NGN the best website it can be. I’ve learned that I could spend days writing essays about female characters in the modern media and never get sick of it. I’ve learned that sometimes the right GIF can express all of the thoughts and feelings you can’t put into words. I’ve learned that there are wonderful people out there who will read a 2,000-word recap of a relatively uneventful, midseason Castle episode. And I’ve learned that—no matter how busy you are—when you fall in love with a TV show, you have to make time to share your feelings with the world. (I’m looking at you, New Girl.)

The best lesson I’ve learned this year, though, is a simple one: If you work hard and feel passionate about the work you’re doing, good things will happen. NGN has been a labor of love from Day One, and I’m so excited about where the next 365 days and beyond will take it.

A year ago, I said something that I think feels more truthful today than ever:

I can’t imagine a better, more fulfilling life than the life of a nerdy girl.

Thanks to all of you who’ve proven to me by your readership, your comments, and your friendship that the life of a nerdy girl is the most fulfilling life imaginable. This year has been one heck of a journey. Thanks for going along on the ride with me.

Here’s hoping the next year will be as fun, fruitful, and fabulous as the first!

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7 thoughts on “One Year Later

  1. I am relatively new to your NGN but have so far really enjoyed your banter!! Keep it up, hope my comments sometimes..especially about Castle..don’t bug you too much!

  2. You’re making me teary-eyed over here! I’m so proud of you for not only making the leap to start this blog, but also for sticking with it even when it felt more like the emphasis was on the labor part than the love part of “labor of love”. I can’t wait to get more involved with writing things for Nerdy Girl Notes this summer once I’m out of school, and I can’t wait to see the way I am sure your blog will only grow more awesome over time. Thanks for all of your hard work in this first 365 days, and here’s to the next 365 being even more wonderful!

  3. Pingback: Two Years Later | Nerdy Girl Notes

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