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Posted by Robin Abrahams  June 22, 2008 07:00 AM

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Happy blogiversary to me!

One year ago, I started this blog. It's been a terrific ride, and I think it got a lot better once I got comments capacity. Writing the way I (and Mr. Improbable) do it is not a solitary endeavor, but is about creating a community. Once I started being able to hear your voices it got even more fun.

In the past few weeks I've gotten several new readers, if the tracking software is to be believed. So here are a few of my favorite posts from months past (there's also some on the right-hand sidebar), for those of you who have only recently joined the program. And welcome!

My graph on the forgiveness/forgetfulness quotients of various faux pas.

Boston etiquette v. Aussie etiquette

Milo's Gotcha Day.

Etiquette as nonverbal communication.

Meeting Jane Goodall (and experiencing her form of nonverbal communication!).

The Festivus Airing of Grievances (which will be interactive in 2008!).

Parasocial relationships. (What are those? Read and find out.)

What I want Valentine's Day to be. Folks, I am SERIOUS about this one and I want to enlist your help in 2009 to change this holiday that everyone hates, mmkay?

Five products that have made my life better.

The "ma'am" wars. (Though I haven't watched the season finale yet, I am currently of the opinion that calling women "sir" is now the least of "Battlestar Galactica's" problems. Exactly how hard did Tigh punch Adama in the head, anyway? Because from how the Old Man's behaving, I think some of his judgment circuits must have gotten knocked out of commission. Can Helo please just be in charge of everything, as the only sane person on the show? And can "I had a vision" please, please stop being considered a legitimate argument? Between the alcohol abuse and the religious wackjobbery, I'm starting to think that Augusten Burroughs has taken over as BSG's lead writer.)


Being fat in public, parts I, II, and III.

Cancer rants I, II, and III.

Thank you again to all of you who have helped make this blog what it is. With any luck it will be bigger and better in 2008-09! If you have a blog of your own, please consider putting me on your blogroll or posting about my blogiversary. If you don't, perhaps you could e-mail your friends about what I've got going on here. The more readers, contributors, and commenters I get, the better this blog will be. I've got big hopes and plans for the coming year!

UPDATE: Well, I don't know how many new readers I'm getting, but I've certainly gotten a truckload of new spammers this weekend. So from now on, once a blog entry is no longer on the main page, I'm going to close the comments section for it. (I'm mentioning this here in case any of you are trying to comment on the posts listed above.)

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5 comments so far...
  1. Yes! Happy Blogiversary. I check in on you every morning, and you're linked to mine. I hope I've sent you some love.

    Robin says: Thanks, Penny!

    Posted by Penny R June 22, 08 09:13 AM
  1. Congratulations! You keep an enjoyable blog- that's for sure!

    (I can't wait to talk to a celebrity now to see if it's awkward or not.)

    Robin says: My experience is it's not awkward if you're working with them, and have things to talk about, like "Please stand over there" or "Do you need some water?" Which is probably your situation ...

    Posted by Dan June 22, 08 08:13 PM
  1. I feel that if Martha Stewart, Sigmund Freud & Sarah Silverman had a baby together, it would be you. Please keep writing!

    Robin says: Wow! That's, um, kind of scary. What's funny is that I've often described my book as a cross between Miss Manners, David Sedaris, and Malcolm Gladwell. So we're sort of on the same wavelength ...

    Posted by Maggie June 23, 08 09:33 AM
  1. Happy Blogiversary! Love your blog & column. :)

    What I particularly enjoy is that you make ettiquette less scary and more intelligent at the same time. :)

    Robin says: Thanks!

    Posted by Jenn T June 23, 08 02:04 PM
  1. I love knowing that there's someone else out there who CARES as much about these topics as i do! i feel like i'm not looking for a LOT out of people, but common courtesy should always be in place!

    and last weekend i did happen to think "boy, i wish miss conduct was here" when a woman on the subway in another city told me "oh sorry, my son's going to sit here" as i moved to take the seat next to her. it was classic -- me: 8 months pregnant, her son - 15 years old and in what appeared to be perfect physical health! what a trip. i had to laugh it off or risk a massacre....but that wouldnt have been common courtesy on my part!

    Posted by brandy June 23, 08 04:39 PM
About Miss Conduct
Welcome to Miss Conduct’s blog, a place where the popular Boston Globe Magazine columnist Robin Abrahams and her readers share etiquette tips, unravel social conundrums, and gossip about social behavior in pop culture and the news. Have a question of your own? Ask Robin using this form or by emailing her at

Who is Miss Conduct?

Robin Abrahamswrites the weekly "Miss Conduct" column for The Boston Globe Magazine and is the author of Miss Conduct's Mind over Manners. Robin has a PhD in psychology from Boston University and also works as a research associate at Harvard Business School. Her column is informed by her experience as a theater publicist, organizational-change communications manager, editor, stand-up comedian, and professor of psychology and English. She lives in Cambridge with her husband Marc Abrahams, the founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, and their socially challenged but charismatic dog, Milo.

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