10 Years of Pussycat

MIAOW Dear Blog,

Today you turn one hundred and twenty months old!

When you began I was just 23 years old, working as a web slave. Now I am 33 years old, working as a web slave. Where did it all go right?

(Actually the current web slavery is just helps pay the bills; I do stuff on the side that brings a dose of fulfillment. So don’t close that browser! I’m not entirely a loser who has failed to evolve!)

Here are some statistics pertaining to this past decade together:

  • moved house 7 times
  • drove 3 cars
  • had 5 jobs (excl. tedious temp gigs)
  • became estranged from 1 parent
  • saw Radiohead 3 times (plus one aborted mission)
  • encountered 3 jolly bouts of depression
  • tried and failed to learn 2 languages (French, Spanish)
  • visited the United States 6 times
  • attended 3 funerals
  • started writing 1 novel
  • finished writing 0 novel
  • drank 0.5 beers (still can’t get into it)
  • fell in love twice
  • fainted twice
  • vomited twice
  • the previous three points are unrelated

In recent times many people told me to put you to sleep because of my gross neglect. Why keep you limping along? Why not just write everything on the fatty blog? I could never do that. Sure I got distracted by life and Dietgirl book writing and pimping then got self conscious for about two years… but you are my favourite online hideout. You’re small and cosy and nobody sends hate mail (yet!).

Thank you everyone out there who’s reading or ever read. I’ve met so many wonderful people and made some friends for life. I love reading about other people’s lives far more than wittering on about my own.

Now let us all pause and light a candle for online friendships that have drifted away, either dramatically, accidentally, reluctantly or inexplicably. You all rawk.

Here’s to blogging just for the hell of it.

Yours sincerely,

P.S. My favourite moment of the last ten years of blogging? Probably the Pussycat T-Shirt of July 2000. I always peak too early!


About Shauna Reid

Ahoy there! I’m Shauna, an author, copywriter and content mentor. I love telling stories about life and helping others to tell theirs.

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55 thoughts on “10 Years of Pussycat

  1. Wow congrats! That’s quite an achievement… I’ve only got just under nine years to go until I match it! Blogging for the hell of it does rock – you keep it up dude.

    And you’ve only vomitted twice in 10 years?? Now that is impressive!

    Looking forward to reading the next ten years…

  2. Thank youuu! πŸ™‚

    @Sarah – Aye I’ve never been much of a spewer! And both times from food poisoning. Still never spewed from drinking, ever… obviously need to drink more.

  3. I have been reading your blog for not quite ten years, but probably four or five, I think early in the days of living in Scotland, but after Dr G, and before the revelation of your secret DG identity. I’ve been sad that it hasn’t been updated much in the past few years, but then you’ve had bigger fish to fry (no pun intended) and I understand that.

    I’m really glad you haven’t shut it down because I still get a little jolt of excitement when I see it’s gone bold in my Google Reader. (Didn’t have one those way back when, just had to log on and hope!)

    We’ve never met, I’ve never posted before, and yet you’re kind of a friend.

    I like seeing the girl behind diet girl, and when I went and bought your book (of course) I was as proud of it as if a friend of mine had written it.

    Congratulations on ten years of Pussycat blogging and I’m looking forward to the next ten…

    PS – Only two vomits? Impressive.

  4. dear Shauny, I can not claim to have been there from the beginning but I was there when you were still in Canberra planning your wild escape. I still remember the photo of the plane tickets! I’m glad this blog has kept going and much as I love DG, this is what I always think of as the shauny who made me double over with laughter. Congratulations on making it to ten and looking forward to the next ten.

  5. Congratulations Shauny! Ten years eh? You are seriously old school internet and I still love reading your missives. So glad you’re still writing.

  6. happy blog-birthday, shauny!

    can still remember being all confused on my first visit by the fact that the NEWEST POST WERE ON TOP. oh, those were the days!

    much love,

  7. (also: i discovered the other day that i have a .doc of your “life should be like icq”-post on my harddrive. the year 2000: when we still saved to disk.)

  8. Happy to have known ya for even longer than that! Just. Never mind that I quit blogging 7 years ago (gasp!)


  9. Erm, did they have blogs ten years ago?
    Apparently so! My, have we grown up!
    I echo Melissa’s comments – what you write resonates with many of us.
    Will be sure to drop you a line if I ever head out scotland way.

  10. I remember when this was all green… backgrounds.

    Trying to figure out when I first saw WNP: must have been late 2000, when you linked to a post of mine about something musical. I suspect Radiohead.

  11. @Rory – man… just to think if you’d not stopped by that fateful day, I’d never had met Dr G! He’ll be cursing that link for the rest of his life!

  12. Shauny, you are my original go-to-blog and still the BEST. I remember the day I found What’s New, Pussycat? around March or April 2002, the flood of excitement that there were these GREAT WRITERS out there, putting their life on line. YOU, I mean! I wondered if maybe I could be your friend, and whaddyaknow!

    I’ve said it a million times, but you inspired me to get online and … well … languish in a life of obscurity.

    WNP has been a lark and an inspiration – please keep writing for at least another 10 years and beyond. Just think: the Mirth of the Menopause Years that awaits us!

  13. Yay Shauna! congratulations. But as we know from following (both blogs) that list above is a tiny bit of your accomplishments. There’s been bicycling and climbing Munros and so much else! And of course, what understatement just to mention that you moved.

  14. I’m pretty sure the post in question was so ephemeral that you purged it in one of your occasional archive tidy-ups! The power of the trivial one-link post, people…

  15. Hey Shauna, would it be fair to call you a computer geek for being so modern to start a blog 10 YEARS ago- now, really, who RAWKS? You do! Thanks for blogging.
    Hey, Hamish and Andy http://www.fox.com.au/shows/hamishandandy/ are coming to Scotland, I hope, for your sake that they will be near you because they are funny and big spunk Aussies. They podcast, so you can check if they are up your ally.

  16. @Rory – imagine having so many posts you could just delete them randomly? dang.

    You know I think I found you because someone had linked to Walking West. I wish I could rememeber who it was! I remembering being at work and stalking through the archives.

    @Tanya – cheers! I will have to keep an eye out! πŸ™‚

    @Momo – Oh cannae wait for that. I could start by blogging about the little hair that appears on my chin now and then and how Gareth calls me Shakespeare!

    @MR – thanks matey. i like understatement! i didn’t want to look like a wanker πŸ™‚

  17. It’s quality that matters, Shauna! Ten years? Gosh, I hadn’t realised it was that long and I obviously haven’t read the archives because I couldn’t have said that you fell in love twice. Wow. And only 2 vomits? Impressive.
    Anyway, congrats on 10 years!

  18. Thanks for keeping this blog up, Shauna. I started reading your blog way back in 2002 (I think?) and it is still one of my favourites. You’ve come a long way in 10 years and I’m glad you shared some of it with the blogosphere. πŸ™‚

  19. Congratulations, Shauna! I love both your blogs. Thinking of you because I am booking a visit up to Strathyre and, at your suggestion, will visit the Ben Ledi cafe in Callander.

  20. Congrats on ten years and an awesome journey since CSU and Bathurst. I always get a kick out seeing WNP in my RSS feed in remote Minnesota thinking wow, she lived in the same small town as me in Oz. I SAW her.

  21. Congratulations! Not only for 10 years but for keeping at it. Still hoping you manage a novel or another non-fiction book of some sort as I loved the “other blog” book.

    A lot can happen in 10 years as we’re both aware of! …and, you learnt to understand Scottish (the accent) too (I think it will be some time before I learn the all important Polish in MY life!).

    All the best and keep it coming (especially the Scottishicisms!).

    Scott πŸ™‚

  22. Happy Birthday pussycat.

    I’m so uncool and new school, it’s been less than 2 years since I found you but I sure am glad I did, and glad you kept this little baby bubbling along no matter what DG was up to.

    I too am flummoxed by only 2 spews though!


  23. Love your blog- I’ve been reading both blogs for about 3 years’ish….and I get really happy when there’s a new post on here (I’m a bit sad actually!)

    Congrats and hope you keep going!


  24. Congratulations on keeping ‘er going for ten years! Lots of bloggers seem to have run out of things to say – I’m glad you’re not one of them.

  25. well unlike most of the posters, i am fairly new fan and new to the world of blogs in general. in fact i had never followed one until AFTER reading your book and finding the er, “companion” blog. i was SO taken by you as a writer (AND a person, quite frankly) that i poured over the DG blog just looking, HOPING to learn more. (more than DG?! is that even POSSIBLE?! turns out it was.) jeebus christ, who IS this warm, open, painfully honest, sweet, “crazy” and INSANELY funny girl?! AND she loves kilts?! clearly the blog-gods shined on me that day. finding “pussy…” (geez, that REALLY didn’t come out right) was about as close as i’ve come to hitting the lotto–so far.

    anyway, i found this quote the other day and unsurprisingly, it reminded me of you:

    “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.” –Sir James M. Barrie, Scottish author & dramatist (of Peter Pan fame)

    so, shauna, i want to echo melissa’s heartfelt sentiments. when i see my “what’s new, pussycat?” RSS feeds bolded, it’s as if father xmas came early. thank you for showing us that “normal” is over-rated and for sharing those parts of you–the milestones, the memories, the madness and yes, even the mundanities. you spoke to us shauna, and we heard you, loud and clear. and you know what–you heard us right back.

    hugs from 1/2 your namesake
    sunny socal

    p.s. oh, and one more thing. unlike melissa, i find your lack of puke-experience, more specifically, of the booze-induced variety, just a tad disappointing. okay though–you’re still my favorite superhero-blogger. cheers!

  26. Ooh happy birthday – Pussy was one of the first blogs I ever read and it inspired me to start my own blog. Almost as soon as I started reading it I thought here’s someone who will write a book soon and you did even if it wasn’t a novel. I am so looking forward to your next one….

  27. Congrats Shauna!

    Don’t listen to those telling you to shut this blog down. It is so wonderful and funny. I really enjoy reading every new post on it.
    Thank you for so many lovely years.

    Cheers, Karin

  28. Congrats on the anniversary. It is a true pleasure to read your words unencumbered by the focus and support provided to the weight-loss mission. Blogs change along with their authors. I look forward to many more years of the Pussycat and your expositions on your life and observations upon the life around you, assuming I am still alive. That is your true calling — all the rest just pays the bills.

  29. Happiest of bloggie birthdays, Shauna! I am so glad I discovered both of your blogs. What’s New, Pussycat? has been a source of smiles for me on more than one occasion!!!

  30. Congrats!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    I blog for the hell of it…to keep family and friends updated on our life and I rarely get comments…at least you’re getting those! Feed back is important; it keeps us going and encouraged!
    I agree with the comment above…you’ve been my source of smiles as well!
    Nikki from Canada

  31. I so can’t wait for the Mirth of the Menopause Years! Top blog Shaunydog and keep it up. It’s kind of like my sex life…infrequent but stunning quality and well worth waiting for when it happens!

  32. Congrats on your longevity, Shauny! I’ve been reading since your move to Scotland, so not from the beginning, but love the blog. It was the very first blog I’d ever read (had no idea such things existed, only message boards until then). I was directed here by another poster on a ninemsn message board (I think by the name of “Black Dog”), and have been checking in since. Lang may yer lum reek!

  33. This was the first blog I ever read/followed; the first Shauny blog and still my favorite! DO NOT LET IT DIE!!! This one is still my favorite and I miss it dearly. I love the Scotland is different posts and think you should pull some more out of your arse for us! πŸ˜‰

  34. Ah Shauny! Congratulations!! You were one of the first blogs I began reading and I still regret not catching up with you in person when I went up to Canberra to visit for work after the bushfires. D’oh. I continue to enjoy your posts and was SO thrilled that you had a secret DietGirl ‘other blog’…not to mention book. Woo yeah!! Keep the Pussycat purring!!

  35. don’t leave ! I’ve only ever found one blog that I care enough about to check regularily, and it’s right here, this cosy space, and I’m about to hit 10 years as a faithful follower !

    A superficial resemblance (Aussi living in Scotland at one time in the far past) got my hooked, but those lolly wrapper colelctions, deep fried mars bars and uncannily accurate descriptions of cultural hiccups has kept me coming back.

    so, please don’t go ! I’d be lost !

  36. ha ha ha ha… LOVE the t-shirt. Glad you’ve managed to keep it going, especially through the “coming out”. Dead brave. Long live Pussycat.

  37. Oh man, how did I miss this post? Happy belated anniversary! It’s so awesome that you’ve been blogging for 10 years. Not many people appreciate how much work that is, but I give you major props for it.

  38. Ahem, well done! After all these years I’m still lurking and still glad I made that fateful trip to Canberra.

    Another 10?

  39. Yay – happy birthday. And thanks for reminding me that you CAN blog just for the hell of it. I’d started freaking out that I needed to find THEMES.

    Here’s to the next 10 years then!

  40. Pretty much everything Momo said… The blogosphere’s much bigger than it was but I still come back to enjoy your effortless, funkkkkkkkky style (That was only supposed to be one k, but for some reason I thought it should stay like that.) Blog on, Shauny!

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