On February 3, 2012, I published my first post on WordPress: it was a video by Die Antwoord, and the post was titled One Tablet A Day—it was viewed 4 times, with no likes and no comments. Le Clown‘s character wasn’t born yet; this site was about a man who was married to a woman living with an unconfirmed bipolar type II diagnosis, blogging about his family and mental health. The posts quickly became personal, too personal. My wife was blogging about her depression, but as A Clown on Fire started gaining readers, we felt vulnerable because of the content of my posts. So I wrote more about my kids—the maelstrom that is my daughter, mostly. I was writing and laughing; readers were liking and commenting on my posts. My humour had carte blanche: one day I was using fu*k, the next day, I tried fuck instead. And on March 24, 2012, I introduced Le (the) Clown. In less than two months, my views went from 3528 (February) to 19543 (April).
Writing under Le Clown’s persona was a learning curve: my first posts as the irreverent blogger were published with regrets. After I published a typical Le Clown post, or made a Le Clown comment on someone’s blog, I often sent personal emails to those I thought I had insulted when in Le Clown’s character. It was Smaktakula from Promethean Times and Dotty Headbanger from Notes From A She-Hermit ©™® who encouraged me to unleash Le Clown without remorse. A Clown on Fire lingo was then created: readers became carnies; my family was introduced as Tiny Geek and The Ringmistress. Everything about Le Clown became magnificent™. And it snowballed: the clownonsphere™, being Clownly Pressed™, etc… In August, I started blogging as myself, and as Le Clown—ACOF was Freshly Pressed and featured on The Daily Post. I closed my eyes early on January 1, 2013, elated; this blog was on fire.
On a personal level, 2012 was preemptively baptized the year of nothing™. My wife and I had plan an uneventful year: no babies, no wedding, no moving, no big projects, no surprises… In 2012, we moved, changed jobs, we traveled and my wife’s grandmother passed away. We wanted 2012 to be a year of nothing, but it was anything but…
The focus will be on the writing:
- There will be two posts a week on ACOF: one from Le Clown on Mondays, and one by me on Thursdays. My About section was updated accordingly.
- I will be introducing my new assistant on January 7. Why? Read this.
- The Alan Smithee Blog Award will be retiring on January 14. Grab it while you can.
- It will be replaced by the Official Le Clown Fan Club, launched on the same day.
- On January 21: a new weekly Madame Weebles / Le Clown column, which will coexist on our respective blogs.
On a personal level, 2013 has been baptized the year of nothing™.
I have been recognized in the streets of Montreal. I have received stirring emails from fellow bloggers about my writing and the positive impact that ACOF has had on them. My readership is in the 4 digits. I have been approached to endorse products. I’ve made some friends. I have alienated others. I thank you all.
The year of…™