Marking the occasion

Yesterday was my first anniversary. See this and this for more details of what the anniversary was.

A first anniversary is a special day – and hopefully the first of many more to come. But, though it marks a whole year, it is quite a lowly event in the cannon of anniversaries. I checked and found that the first anniversary is deemed to be the paper anniversary, so gifts of paper are to be exchanged. That struck me as very retro and quite inappropriate for a digital hipster like me, fluent in the multifarious ways of online scholarly communication. So I set about drawing up an alternative list. Here is my version of the Twelve days of Christmas the first ten years of anniversaries. Sadly I ran out of inspiration after 8th.

I made a start yesterday.

Anniversary Old style My style
1st Paper Tweet

2nd Cotton Tweet with Instagram

3rd Leather Tweet with Vine

4th Linen Short blogpost (up to 200 words)
5th Wooden Full blogpost (500 words)
6th Iron Long blogpost (1000+ words)
7th Copper Blogpost with video

8th Bronze Guest blogpost somewhere more high-profile
9th Pottery
10th Tin


About Frank Norman

I am a retired librarian. I spent 40 years working in biomedical research libraries.
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5 Responses to Marking the occasion

  1. Heather says:

    I think you could make your own viral video on YouTube as yet another offering. Perhaps involving creative dance of some kind. And lip-syncing.

  2. Cromercrox says:

    Congratulations, Frank!

  3. 10 could be “3-D multimedia art installation”, or maybe “launch of celebratory website”?

    If so, maybe 9 could be “customized Society6 iPhone skin” or something similar.

    I probably could come up with more suggestions, but they’d be even worse than these. So instead, let me just say “congratulations!” to you both. I remember your Palladium blogpost well. 🙂

  4. Cath@VWXYNot? says:


    I think “podcast” needs to be somewhere on your list.

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