I had no real clue in which direction I would take with this site. I really didn't. (And that shows in those first couple posts!) Either way I knew I wanted this blog to be a place for everyone to let their inner dorkette or dork loose. I wasn't sure how I was going to do that, but I figured it would involve toys both old and new.
I am a lover of toys. I also knew that I was in a slight minority being a woman that collects toys. I'm an old broad. That alone makes things rough in this world. I'm supposed to be "grown up" and focusing on learning how to drink wine and being sophisticated. Or whatever it is that old broads do. But I have always loved collecting and reveling in the excitement of all things dork.
So it is really nice that I have been able to find things to write about for a year. I really didn't think I'd have it in me. I mean honestly, some of those first posts were brutal. The pictures I took were even worse. My goodness! Along the way though I have tried to get better at things. I know how to use the flash on my camera now. And my goal is to maybe revisit those older posts and update some of the more crappier photos. Those pictures from the Wee Wild Things post are dull. I can barely make out what I am looking at. Or maybe my eye sight is just busted. Either way the Wee Wild Things deserve better.
Anyways I have enjoyed posting throughout this year, but I think the greatest thing I have gotten out of this blog has been getting to know so many other dorky folk around the world. You are all amazing and wonderful people! I can't even begin to tell you all how much it means to me that you all stop by to read a post, or two, or maybe even more. I value that so much. Your comments and emails are always fun to read and I love connecting with you all. Everyone has been kind and also so talented!
I don't think I'd know what other dorky folk were up to had I not started this site. I have really enjoyed visiting your sites and seeing what all you create. Being able to share that is just awesome. I hope to continue these connections and I look forward to any new people that I may potentially meet in the future.
I hope this is a place that can be fun. I firmly believe in creating a space for people to have fun and connect. To be free of judgement, were we can all laugh and respect each other. Some people don't understand why a grown person would still get giddy to a trip to Toysrus, but collecting is not all about the toys. Dolls and action figures are great, but they should not be the complete source of someones happiness. Instead it is those friendships that develop and come out of something like collecting. I can't stress this enough, it has been wonderful getting to know each and every one of you. Thank you for reading!
So Diary has been around for a year. That also sort of got me thinking about all the stuff I have posted. A friend asked me, "Which ones are your favorite? Because I've never read your site, and if I were, I'd like to know where to begin..." I'm not even sure how to answer that one, but I know I have really enjoyed all the Toy Chest Tuesdays. My first Toy Chest Tuesday was on Mattel's Wee Wild Things. I was a bit snarky. I was trying to lovingly poke fun at parts of the toyline, but oh how I love Wee Wild Things. Since then I have done my best to do a Toy Chest Tuesday every Tuesday (sometimes Thursday!) I enjoy going through my archival room and finding something fun to talk about.
Another post that has been a favorite of mine was the Toy Regrets posts. The first one, The True Time Travel Value, has been such a favorite story to tell. I still can't believe my brother and I experienced that. When I posted that story I emailed my brother and asked him to read it. (He lives far away.) I don't usually request my family and friends to read my site, because I know it is a lot of material that does not totally interest them, but my brother loved that post. He called me and we were both crying at all the wonderful memories we had growing up. I love, love, love that post.
I miss adding to the Night of the Living Roach series. I don't know that it has been the most popular feature on this blog, but I love them. Well... I don't love roaches. But I do love the crazy stories that are part true and part exaggeration on my many dealings with the vile and evil Roaches. If you've ever had to deal with a roach, check those stories out. They are a messy mixture of pop culture and gross out insect gore.
I also have enjoyed the Adora's Search for Honor fanfic posts. The world of She-Ra has always been an important place for me to visit, either through the old cartoon, toys, or whatever. I always find myself caught up in the magical world of Etheria with She-Ra and all her friends. So sitting down and typing up those chapters is so much fun. I never thought I would ever want to share that with anyone else in this world, but I am glad to have the courage to do that. Let's face it, the writing could be better, but it comes from my heart. I love those characters so much. (I even speak the dialogue out loud when no one is around. I'm totally not cray though.)
There are also many other posts that I have enjoyed writing up. This site is something I love doing and I hope that has been apparent. I look forward to continuing many more! I have a lot of stuff to ramble on and on about! So get ready folks, this week is going to be a good one! Toy Chest Tuesday is going to feature a very special toy. I will also be crowning a new Heroic Hottie, for August. And a new chapter will be ready for She-Ra Saturday! I may also post something on Nerdsociety, a site that I have been invited to post on from time to time! I feel very honored to have been invited.
Thank you all again for continuing to visit. I appreciate you all, I really do. So I will leave you all with some fun Dorky Snaps: Birthday Edition!
Every Dorkette needs a bit of beefcake for her birthday! Love, He-Man
Ghoul, here's a cake for you. You just need to bake it yourself. (We'd most likely melt.)
Sincerely, Frankie, Cupid, and Clawdeen.
Happy Birthday Diary of a Dorkette! From: your archival room. (You really are dorky...)
Don't even ask why I have so many boxed cake mixes. There are more in my pantry but some have expired. Looks like I will need to be doing some baking this weekend. Is it safe to bake expired cake mix? Until next time! Take care everyone!