byebyepie + 10

Today is the 10-year anniversary of me blogging, and I am certain you are delighted that day is finally upon us, as you are sick to death of my shit.

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(These are pictures I found when I Googled byebyepie + 10)

I didn't plan what I was gonna say today, nor did I plan this BRILLIANT idea of Googling "byebyepie + 10," but I did think about these 10 years a lot in the context of this blog.

This started as a way to record my then-husband and me during our year of not spending any money. I know we got a down payment for our house out of it, but after re-reading during this whole, "Wow, 10 years!?" reflection, I see we'd saved TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS by APRIL! Jesus! What the hell with us! I don't even bring home $10,000 by April now.

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The point is, that's how I started blogging, and I sent my first blog entry, on the hard-hitting Blogspot, to about 18 friends and family. I remember the day I figured out I was getting 30 unique visitors a day. And you wouldn't believe how many basic visitors I got. They all read me at Applebee's.

Bah. See. It was humor like that that kept 'em returning.

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I kept blogging after that first year, and made friends with other bloggers–Musings of a Housewife and The Nester. (Oh my god, look how highfalutin' both their WEBSITES are, and here I still am in Typepad.) Two women I had nothing in common with–they're big fans of God–and yet I loved them both dearly. I mean, I really did. They were funny and sweet and MAN did they help me. Musings taught me how to link other sites, for heaven's sake. Nester mentioned me on her blog and 3949349402 people stampeded over that day.

I think I went from, like, 100 readers a day to 250, after that Nester boost. Mathfully, that's a bump of 900 thousand percent.

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(Here we pause for June to be annoyed by how thin she was, and how Topamax stopped working for her that way, and why isn't life fair? WHY MUST LIFE PULL THE MIRACLE-PILL RUG OUT??)

Pretty soon, people were emailing me for love advice (they don't anymore, obvs) and cat advice and just writing me in general. They'd write long-winded emails about their lives, because I think it seemed like I became a friend. I was like an unattractive Jennifer Aniston.

At first, it was such a novelty, hearing from readers, that I'd tell Marvin–my ex–about it, and we'd be delighted together and so on. And then I started talking to my readers more than I did Marvin. Which is not why we got divorced, but it is telling.

I remember looking at my reader numbers and having a little test with myself. If at 3:00, I had 300 readers that day, I was cool. I highly recommend little tests like this; they are marvelous for your self-esteem. Always look outside yourself for your self-worth.

Self-Esteem Tips That Probably Are Stupid, by June.

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It was when Marvin left that my already-growing numbers of readers shot up, and I promise I won't just be all JUNE'S RISE TO FAME. BY JUNE. IN A BLOG ABOUT JUNE. I'm about to get humble, I assure you.

But in the year 2011, I was getting–wow, I don't know–sometimes 4,000 readers a day? It was a lot, for me, anyway. I'd get hundreds of comments all the time, like it was nothing. I remember being at work and looking at my Gmail, and there'd always be 20 more emails to read from my blog email–those would all be comments.

It was exciting. I got gifts and emails from people and Marvin and I both got recognized out in public. Woo, it was a time. I grew genuinely fond of some readers, they became friends. I still haven't met most of them.

Then I blew it. Please see: June: Everything in her whole life.

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I think it was my temper, as it always is, and my impulsiveness, as it always is.

Here are the ways I am shitty: I have a terrible temper where I fly off the handle. I make impulsive decisions I later regret. I say things I think are hilarious and end up hurting someone's feelings, going for the funny instead of thinking about being kind.

Those are m'big three. My Achilles' heels, which are not nearly as cute as my sparkly ones up there.

One day I asked everyone on this blog to tell me where they lived. Hey, here's where you're all from! That kind of thing. The next morning on my way out somewhere, I recorded hundreds of answers and hit "Publish."

So, in a hurry and then also maths. Plus geography.

I went out to lunch with the Tall Boy, I remember, and when I came back I had all sorts of fairly whiny comments. I'm SORRY, but they WERE.

JOOOOOON! You didn't mention my state!

I'm from Ucatabwah and you didn't mention it!

JOOOOOOOOOON! You added wrong! I sat here all morning and added them myself and see you said 14 people are from Hoodehoochville and it's 15!

So here's what I did. Here's my stellar, mature response and I want you to know I'm WORLDS different now.

Heh.

I pulled the post.

I just yanked it down, in a huff, the way my grandmother would have, and went about my day haughtily. FINE, then. You know I'm in big trouble when I say to myself, "FINE, then." Something impulsive this way comes.

My numbers have never been as big since. Well, I say that, but I don't really know that. Sitemeter went crazy on the hair-oyn and left town years ago, Google Analytics made itself way harder than it needs to be, so I…yanked myself off it it in an impulsive huff. (Shut up.) So now I don't even know how many people read me, and really, who cares? Asks the woman who just went on about it for 90 paragraphs.

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But here's what I learned. I learned that people will come and go. They will get over you faster than a Wacky Wall Walker. And you have to treasure the ones who stay around, even when you are not charming. Those are the people who matter.

So, thank you to the ones who've stuck around for 10 years, even when I was boring that day or so full of myself that you felt barfy. Thank you for staying through dead pets and relationships and trial puppies and migraines. Thank you for staying through all the selfies and my selfishness. Thank you for watching my goddamn videos and for never saying, "June, stop dancing."

Because I will always keep dancing.

 

I will continue to be all the flawed things I am, and it's lovely to be loved through them by all y'all all.

Your close, personal friend whom you've never met,

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June

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At one point, I was sort of hot, in a "she's 27 and probably a 7" kind of a way. Now I'm old and have to develop a charming personality. Guess how that's going.

121 thoughts on “byebyepie + 10”

  1. What a lovely comment! Isn’t this what every daughter wants to hear from their Mom? Dear Mother, am keeping your husband in prayer.

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  2. Thank you, June! Thank you for all the days when reading you is the only bright spot in my life. Thank you for being so honest, and poignant and always hilarious. I call my sisters daily and say “Guess what the hell is going on over at June’s house!”
    I know we aren’t friends in real life, but I do consider you and the Pie Peeps to be my people, my crowd. You did this. You made us care for you and each other. I hope you will continue to blog for the forseeable future as I will miss you something terrible if you quit.
    And if you ever do take this show on the road, be sure to stop here in Texas and stay with me so I can take your picture with your citrus crate labels hanging on my wall!
    Off to hit up the tip jar and see what is on your Amazon Wish List. I hope you have updated it for Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/New Year’s gift opportunities.

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  3. Good Deed? In lieu of Christmas cards (and killing bunches of trees), I gave all of my co-workers, all 70 of them, a reusable Whole Foods bag. As of Nov 9, 2016, plastic bags are illegal in the entire state of California. Not just those hippy-dippy sections of the state. I spent a whole $1.29 on each of them. GIANT SMILEY EMOTICON!

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  4. I also found your blog through the Nester. I feel kinda strange even admitting to myself how much this blog and the readers mean to me and what an influence you have had on my life. My marriage ended shortly after yours and the amount of support I received from some of the readers really surprised me and made me feel so much better. I look at you as someone I would like to be like, I just think you are so much fun and sweet and sparkly. I have learned so much from this blog, I found out about Curly Girl, which has completely changed my hair game, I am friends on Facebook with so many of the readers and that has brought me so much joy. My favorite virtual boyfriend Hulk that I chat on Facebook with and that has helped me understand Football. June, you have brought so many people from all kinds of walks of life together and have brought happiness to many. I feel terrible whenever someone is ugly to you in the comments. You are so open and honest with us, I know that is not easy, but it is very much appreciated. I hope you continue to blog for another 100 years.

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  5. Happy tenth anniversary! Thank you for this wonderful blog! Thank you for I marry me and Why so chubby cheesecake and Paw of insistence and a gazillion other June-isms. Thank you for all your witty words and for being so lovely!

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  6. Thank you for writing June, you are an amazing woman and I am so very grateful to have found your blog.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (when it arrives).
    Lots of love, Vicki (who once upon a time was your only reader in New Zealand. Now I think there’s a few of us. Although at the moment my IP address will be from the UK because I’m visiting family and friends. Not sure I needed that explanation but hey ho!)

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  7. June, you really ARE a pleasure of life! You deserve goodness and happiness in all its varieties. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And Happy Anniversary!
    Boom.

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  8. I too came here from the Nester.
    Thanks for being real – hilarious and flawed. Thanks (and this is from the bottom of my heart) for not going all “I just wrote my third book and this is our fourth house we’re building with 900 rooms and I’m on Ellen tomorrow and it all started with my perfect blog and great hair and 11 kids and Jesus.” and you blog once a month you bitches.
    Sorry – that just poured out of my fingers.
    It’s been great years for me reading June – I cried (Marvin, Lu, Lottie, still Lu every time a photo comes up) and laughed so hard I had to put my head on my desk and hide the tears which is NOT role modeling from management, but it’s how I roll).
    God Bless Ya, Joooon. You’re a beauty in every way.

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  9. I read your blog everyday. Even weekends. I do not read any other blog everyday or website for that matter. I am 50 years old and share the same points of reference as you and speak in sarcasm. I’m the one that told you about Lottie being a Carolina dog. Sometimes I worry about you when I can’t sleep, I want you to have a happy satisfied content life and for some whackadoodle reason I too consider you a friend I’ve never met. I was very sad when you didn’t blog for awhile and am glad you do what you do.

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  10. It’s because of this blog I met two complete strangers at a restaurant to celebrate June’s birthday…
    Turns out that meeting Beverly and Letha was a lot of fun. And because of that meeting, I met Tee, Fay, PJ, Greensboro Laurie and Anita.
    And best of all, it’s because of this blog that I met June in real life!

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  11. I cannot BELIEVE it’s been ten years.
    I was so happy to find Bye, Bye, Buy (I think I came from the Nester? But I don’t remember?) because I worked at the most DREADFUL government job then and I was so bored all day and I absolutely devoured your blog, which by then you’d been writing for a year already, I think? And because of you I found Siren so I devoured her blog, and then the Zadge’s, and Dooce, and so on.. but all through the years you’ve stayed the favorite, and the most consistent!
    On days when I don’t have time to visit any other blogs, I still check yours every day. I gasp when you have crazy life events and I think about you at random times. Thank you for sharing your life and the laughs with us!

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  12. And there’s no one stranger than me.
    It was a true pleasure meeting both you and NotChloe. Let us know the next time you have a layover at the Atlanta airport.

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  13. As I read your post today, I nodded and remembered a lot, from many years past. I don’t get to read as often as I used to and I comment even less. But I’m still here, seven or eight years later.
    When I got to the last picture, I automatically smiled so big and that’s when I knew. I just like you.
    Happy anniversary.

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  14. As I read your post today, I nodded and remembered a lot, from many years past. I don’t get to read as often as I used to and I comment even less. But I’m still here, seven or eight years later.
    When I got to the last picture, I automatically smiled so big and that’s when I knew. I just like you.
    Happy anniversary.

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  15. As I read your post today, I nodded and remembered a lot, from many years past. I don’t get to read as often as I used to and I comment even less. But I’m still here, seven or eight years later.
    When I got to the last picture, I automatically smiled so big and that’s when I knew. I just like you.
    Happy anniversary.

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  16. Dear June,
    Happy Byebyepie + 10! Pat yourself on the back for this tremendous milestone while we all stand around wanting to hug you, but knowing better. So here we are, crowded in the doorway, singing, “For she’s a jolly good blogger, for she’s a jolly good blogger, for she’s a jolly good blogger, so say all of us!”
    Thank you for the laughter and the tears and this wonderful BBP community. You keep blogging and I’ll keep reading.
    Love,
    Sadie

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  17. I first read some of the pieces you wrote for Purple Clover, then somehow discovered your blog. Loved it so much, I am currently reading your archives, though very slowly…I am almost finished with 2008, lol. Congratulations on a perfect 10, June!

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  18. It’s because of this blog that I let a stranger take my daughter to the bathroom at the airport in Atlanta…

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  19. Happy Blogiversary, June! I think I’ve been here since 2008 or so. I have absolutely no idea why I keep reading your blog, as we have nothing in common (well, except the “It’s A Wonderful Life” obsession), but I just can’t quit you.
    Also, it cracks me up every time I remember that we named Ned after Nancy Drew’s boyfriend.
    From the blogger with lots of kids, no pets, and no career prospects whatsoever…

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  20. I just realized how long I’ve been reading you. A little over 8.5 years. But, I went back and read all of the archives when I found you so basically I’ve been here since the beginning. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Happy 10 years!

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  21. Happy 10-a-versary! I appreciate you most because you bravely allow us all to see you at your best and not so best. Even your not so best is still funny as hell, and real and endearing. You make me feel like it’s OK to be just as (or more) flawed as well.
    And honestly? I think I appreciate you more when you are being huffy and snap-decision-making. Because we’re all that way, sometimes. I don’t think that I would deal well with people who nitpick at my blog. It’s good that I don’t have a blog, because I’m sure that I would be taking it down in a huge huff, at least once a day!

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  22. Happy Anniversary. Although I rarely comment, I do get a kick out of the amazing community you’ve created here and on Facebook. Keep being real and always put yourself first.

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  23. I think you have to do like the rest of us – every morning, open a tab and type in byebye and then google takes you right there. My google is so onto me I only type in bye and it hits up Joon.

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  24. Oh my god, June. The flaws are why I’m here….if you were a perfecty perfect stick up the ass person you wouldn’t be any fun at all!!! No one likes those people. You are fun, and we feel like we can be ourselves here on this blog home.I have the same issues with sarcasm, and am really working hard to keep my mouth in check, even though I swear like a sailor.When you come to California, we need to go wine tasting.

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  25. Pffft – flaws. HOO CARE? You have far more fantastic qualities than negative traits. You are and have been for many years the only blog I read faithfully, and like everyone else has said, you’ve created a niche that’s home to a diverse, opinionated, vibrant group of people. Who all love you, flaws and all. For that, thank you.
    I’d offer you a hug, but we all know how THAT would be received…

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  26. June,
    I lied. I said I was on break. Ok I’m done with the break. I’m back because, duh, ten years. I remember when I first found you. I read a couple of posts and thought ‘who is this person? Can she get enough of herself?’and yet I kept reading. I read and laughed and cried and cheered and sometimes thought WTF? Mostly I read and thought, WOW we could be great friends. We would have so much fun together if we didn’t live on opposite sides of the country. I kvetched, whined and wailed over the fact that our relationship wasn’t “real”. Yet it is. I consider you to be a real friend. Someone I care about and would load up the old bobsled with the chipper shredder and a load of concrete to slay who ever wronged you. Thank you for sharing the details of you life with us for 10 years. You didn’t hold back. You put it all out there. Here is to another 10 years. Your friend in the blogosphere and in real life. Gladys aka Bee

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  27. Happy Anniversary, Jooon of the Pie! I love you! I read you pert near everyday (thats my grandma talking) and I catch up on all the missed posts when I miss! Even read (most) of the comments. You are smart, funny, beautiful and even if we wouldn’t be real life friends, I think of you as a friend. I wish only the best for you in the next 10 years! You are sooooo pretty!

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  28. Don’t go changing to try and please us
    You never let us down before
    Don’t imagine you’re too familiar
    And we don’t see you anymore
    We wouldn’t leave you in times of trouble
    We never could have come this far
    We took the good times; We’ll take the bad times
    We’ll take you just the way you are
    Don’t go trying some new fashion (unless you want to)
    Don’t change the color of your hair (unless you want to)
    You always have our unspoken passion
    Although we might not seem to care
    We do want clever conversation
    But we never want to work that hard ourselves
    We just want someone that we can talk to
    We want you just the way you are

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  29. I feel so warm and fuzzy here today. I found you through The Nester and can’t imagine how boring my life would be without knowing you and the community of commenters and lurkers here and over at the Pie fan page. My life wasn’t boring before, it’s just so much more enriched now.
    THANK YOU for sharing your ding dang life with us through the words you write every day. They are a gift. Your milkshake may have brought us to the yard but your authenticity keeps us here. And by milkshake, I mean humor. Did you really think I meant your milkshake? That’s really nice too but it’s not like I found you through a naughty site or anything. Last I knew Nester wasn’t naughty but it’s not like I know her in real life either.
    Happy 10 years!!! Thank you and YOU’RE SO PRETTY!!! Now Ima hit the tip jar, $10 for 10 years, yay!!!
    Could I be anymore annoying with the exclamation marks? Still not deleting them though.

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  30. June, I love you, your blog, your pets, your cute little house and even your snark. I think I have read everything you’ve ever written, (almost) and I would miss you terribly if you went away.
    I have been sick in the hospital for a while and one of the first things I did when I got home and felt a little better was to catch up on your blog. I hope that I can read you for the next ten years. You are loved a lot more than you know and blog stats can’t show that.

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  31. Happy 120 months of blogging! I heart this blog so bad. I’m glad I live in Texas so I didn’t have to stomp away and pout like some unworthy ex-readers. I hope they are enjoying their lonely and pathetic lives. Blog on, pretty Joon!

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  32. I have so many blog friends from the good old days when everyone was blogging that I have never met and several that I have and they are all people I have learned to know and care about. I am a terrible commenter these days but as longas you write, I will be reading! Huzzah for ten years and here’s to ten more and then some!

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  33. I have never met you and probably never will (unless you happen to come to Long Beach, CA and then I’d be all miffed if you didn’t let me know you were in town so you could meet my dogs and I’d say “Fine, then!”) but to me, you are My Friend June and I missed you terribly whenever you went on hiatus.
    And after that long run-on sentence, I’m also really glad that you are a part of my life.

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  34. I have been having breakfast with your blog since 2009. When I found out you could read archives, I read it all from the beginning and was hooked. There have been many posts that moved me to tears and laughter and more tears, thank you for that. Happy anniversary!

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  35. Dear June,
    Happy anniversary! I am ever so grateful that I followed a link on Elizabeth’s old blog “Blue Poppy” over here. I was immediately smitten, and I still am… You brighten my day, thank you.
    Cheers to all of you readers out there…June may gather us and lead us, but the community would not be complete without all of our diverse opinions and generous story sharing. This is a place where love thrives. Take credit, June. You built it. So, even if you have your flaws (don’t we all?) you have created a safe, loving place where we help each other through life’s ups and downs. That is something to be proud of.
    Lovely post, lovely June!

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  36. I started reading sometime in 2008 when you were really trying to not spend money and live with what you already had and people kept sending you things because they thought you were poor….(that was the longest damned sentence I have ever written). My friend Max, who always discovers the best, most interesting things in life, sent me to your blog. As always, she was right.
    Then, I couldn’t stop reading. I’d sit behind my computer, laughing and Ranchboy would say, “June?”. I talk about the daily post all the time, and we discuss you and your life as if you lived around the corner.
    Thanks for a great ten years! I’ve had personal conversations with some of the folks who post here often, I’m so glad that I have “met” all of you.
    Stay well, June! You are important to so many of us.

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  37. Me took, Lisa Not THAT Lisa. And I am giving a final exam! I had to click over to something else so I didn’t actually CRY while they work, work, work!

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  38. PJ~
    I have been missing you…and I wanted to add that when my dad died last year June emailed me too, to see what was up. That pulled me out of my crazy life and got be back to doing something for myself…even if it was something so little…to read a blog I enjoyed. And, that is love, my friend.
    I am grateful for your good deed…write a comment and hit post. xo

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  39. I read this blog every day. I really do feel like I have friends I have never met. I love that you are real, flaws and all. I can’t trust or love someone that isn’t a little bit bitchy. But actually you seem very caring,open,and giving to all of your real life friends and family. So all of us readers see through your(minor)issues and love you anyway.
    Thanks for all the years of blogging.

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  40. Lovely post, June! You may have been skinnier in that picture up there, but you’re more beautiful in your more recent pictures. Thank you for continuing to share your life with us and for staying genuine.

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  41. Happy Anniversary, June! Your blog is one of the first things I do when I get to work. Looking forward to reading Bye Bye, Pie for ten more years!

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  42. PSS and PJ, yes, yes, yes to your comments.
    June, congratulations on 10 years of blogging. This place you have created, known as BBP, is a bright spot for me. Each day I look forward to coming here to read your posts and share your life. You are so human, and we (I personally) love you for being so open and honest with us and sharing your human-ness, your struggles, your accomplishments, your funny and your sadness. I have laughed and cried with you. I have prayed for you as well and will continue to do so, because I believe in the power of prayer. You are an amazing person. I’m so glad you are my friend. I still have hope that one day I will meet you in real life.
    Through this blog and the BBP community I have met some amazing ladies that I would have probably never met had it not been for your creation of this blog. Thank you.
    I’ve been here from almost the beginning and hope to be here another 10 years. Thank you again for sharing with us through your amazing, wonderful, and creative writing.

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  43. Yep, my friends know who I’m talking about when I refer to June, the friend I’ve never met. I’ve read every single one of your posts and I can’t say that about any other blog and was sad when you took breaks.

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  44. stupid! Somehow I managed to post my comment without finishing. (maybe that was a sign)
    When you moved to Greensboro from tiny town I was thrilled. I too was living in Greensboro so I felt like we were kindred spirits. Every time I would go out I’d look for a June sighting but alas it wasn’t meant to be.
    Crazy how we become attached to people we’ve never met.
    Thanks for all your hard work over the years. I’ll keep lurking in the background wishing you well.

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  45. Happy Anniversary! (and congratulations as well)
    I found you through Bye Bye Buy and have been reading ever since.

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  46. Thank you for being a (virtual) friend!
    I think I’ve read you for 8 years. Wow.
    Thanks for making me laugh so much and so often.
    I love all your animals and how much you love them.
    Thanks for sharing your life.
    Without hugs or emoticons,
    Susan

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  47. Dear June,
    We see that you are all that and stay.
    Your writing is most excellent.
    We love you and the rest of the family.
    You really are the best.
    Succinctly but with loads of love,
    Laurie

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  48. I’m grateful to Marvin that he had the idea you should do this. I’m grateful to hear from you every day as every mother wants to hear from her child every day. I’m so glad you are my daughter. You have always been delightful and through this blog the whole world gets to know that too. Happy anniversary.

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  49. I just wept my way through that. Your writing is that moving. Or I am having a really bad hormonal day.
    Love you long time Joooooon! Almost since day one. I found you when I googled “money saving tips”. The joke was on me when I stumbled on to Bye Bye Pie, as the money saving had already ended and you were on to losing weight. And here we still are!
    I don’t know about you, but I’m still chubby and still have no extra scratch! Oh, wait… actually I do know all about you and YOU ARE FABULOUS!

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  50. Happy Anniversary!! You are a treasure – an absolute bright spot in my morning! I hope you continue for many years to come.

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  51. Congratulations on your 10-year anniversary! I appreciate your humor, sensitivity and perseverance.
    I don’t comment anymore, but I still read you regularly.
    Thanks for putting in the work. I wish you and everyone here a happy 2017.

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  52. that was truthfully lovely, joob. it’s been a pleasure being your best friend that you have never met.
    the past few days i have reminisced all the things we’ve been through. it’s amazing to think how long it’s been and how many things. but this isn’t my blog so i won’t leave a novella. so many new words, phrases and friends.
    ps. GAY PORN SANTA

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  53. Your posts feed me in some way every day. I see more pictures of your family than I do of mine and your end of year videos never fail to delight me as I see people who have become so familiar to me over the years.
    I’ve written comments many times in the last couple of weeks and then deleted them. Sometimes I go underground for a while for a variety of reasons. But I am sorry to hear about your stepfather. And I do pray, always, for the best possible outcome to a situation because how can it possibly hurt to send love and caring out into the world? In fact, I regularly pray for you, too, June, for kindness in your life, and peace in your heart and mind. I like to think those vibes have an effect, even if someone driving by the house absorbs those vibes before they get that far north. When Distinguished lay so close to death for so long I welcomed every prayer from every quarter. And I believe I could feel them holding me up. I tried to email that to you but alas…
    One day last year I got home from the hospital ragged and spent and there was an email from you saying that (names of several readers) were concerned about how things were going. I believe your actual words were, “…and those bitches are wondering…” That was my first out loud laugh and tumble of warm feelings in days. You were standing in my doorway with the bitches.
    I write this to say that more beauty and good come from this community you have created than you will ever realize. I not only look for you first thing every morning, but also the whole bitch and dude posse.
    This may be my good deed for the day. Write a comment and actually hit post.

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  54. Happy 10th year! Thank you for all of the laughs and the tears.
    I remember early on in my discovery of your blog (thanks, Nester), I commented that your writing made me “think.” A FR, who shall remain unnamed but never forgotten, made me feel like that was the dumbest thing. This person actually comment-shamed me into thinking I must be reading wrong, or something.
    I wasn’t.
    I have always appreciated the poignant and the painful, through all of the laughs. Anyone who reads BBP for the laughs will surely come away with plenty of giggles, chuckles, guffaws, and side-splitting howls. I’ve laughed so much that I’ve cried, reading your stories and your spin on life and the world. But, I’ve also shed tears of sadness over your descriptions of just how fucked up life, and the world, and we ourselves, can be. You have shared your humanity with us, and that has made us better.
    So, yeah…thank you for the laughs, and the tears, and the gotdamb food for thought.
    And thanks to all the readers who have embraced me, flaws and all, and made me feel like a part of something special. Ya’ll take this space to another level.

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  55. Happy anniversary! I’ve been here quietly chording along since whenever our mutual Marc sent me over here, since the Ashley Wilkes post that nearly damaged my husband and I. I never comment but I check in almost every day, and while my husband is not a reader he is kept up to date on the shenanigans here and is occasionally assaulted with a “Here, read this,” as I plop my laptop in front of him (apparently I think it’s written on a stone tablet or something, instead of an electronic file that I could non-physically send to his conveniently located phone or laptop).
    I was pleased as punch that you popped in to the restaurant on one of your super-secret missions home this fall, and as I pointed out for future reference, we have food, so maybe next time you could even sit down and eat some of it. (That should maybe be our motto — Bradley’s: We Have Food). In the meantime, send your family in. Tell them We Have Food. And tell them they have to introduce themselves to me, otherwise I won’t know it’s them and I’ll be mad when I find out later I missed them.
    Anyhow, to recap: you’re a delight, and I felt like I’d had a brush with fame when you swooped in (and also a little like the episode of Billy On The Street with Will Ferrell, like it all happened so fast and I didn’t know what to say and felt like an idiot and then you were gone and I was standing there all breathless and slightly dazed; but no one gave me a dollar. Maybe next time I’ll scream and point, but forget your name). Thanks for keeping us all in the loop. I’ll be over here keeping an eye on things for the next 10 years, sitting in the back and quietly strumming along in the background ‘cuz I don’t know all the words, but thoroughly engaged in the show.

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  56. June, you are my close, personal friend whom I have never met. I have read you faithfully since the Nester mentioned you on her blog. I have laughed with you and I have cried with you. Thank you for doing what you do with this blog.

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  57. I got here through the nester. This blog is the first blog I read every morning! I hope you are still writing for the next 10 years.

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  58. You have made me smile and laugh out loud at times when nobody else could. Thanks for being there! Here’s to 10 more years!!

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  59. Aww (awe), that was sweet, Joon. We have similar flaws, but I could add a few more to my list. In fact I could probably spend all day writing such a list. Thanks for a fun ten years.

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  60. JOOOON! I had no idea you were blogging again. I thought you shut it down, and I read you on some other site for a while and lost touch.
    Blog readers, like most real life people, are fickle, that is for sure. I’ve watched regular readers come and go over the years, and the few who have remained mean the world to me. Of course my blog has gone through so many transformations, it rivals Elizabeth Taylor’s husbands, so who can blame people for getting confused and moving on. HEH.
    All that to say, I’ve missed you and am so glad to find you blogging again!!! I see there is a nifty subscribe button up there. I hope it still works. 🙂
    Happy 10 year blogiversary!
    xoxoxoxoxo
    Musings

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  61. I heart you and your menagerie. You have adventures. I have no adventures. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

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  62. I don’t comment very often (okay, practically never) and I deactivated Facebook so i can’t keep up with the pie peeps anymore, but I’m still here. I still read BBP faithfully and I’m not planning on that changing.

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  63. I love you, my close, personal friend I have never met. I count you (and all of the Pieps) among my friends. You have created a little nook where we can all meet every day (everyday) and laugh, vent, cry and help one another. Thank you for that.

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  64. This post is exactly why I stick around. You are funny, and flawed, and real. Just like the rest of us. Cheers to 10!

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  65. Great, honest, and of course, a lovely bit of humor. If you can’t stand in the doorway when it’s rough you don’t deserve to laugh when its wonderful. Right?

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