Oh, before I forget

Last Friday was the third “birthday” of this blog. Wow, talk about time flying by, and in that time there have been 1,028 posts, totaling more than 530,000 words. So, yes, I could easily have written a book during this time, though it should be noted that Tiger Lilly, the Mall Diva and the Reverend Mother have contributed some words as well. There’s also been more than 133,000 visitors according to Site Meter. I have to say I’m surprised by all those numbers, especially since I generally don’t have any idea what I’m going to post about from one day to the next (or even if I’m going to have a chance to post from one day to the next).

The discipline has been good for me, though the main reason I’ve kept it up is that it is so much fun and because of the wonderful people I’ve been able to meet (including a prospective son-in-law). It’s been a great hobby, and one I’m planning on continuing. I’m even thinking about a new look which you may see shortly. I’ve also gained a lot of confidence in my writing over the past three years, to the point where I’m seriously thinking about making some money at this. No, not in terms of blogads, but in using some of the posts here as samples to pitch articles or essays to publications. In preparation for that I’ve been going back through all the posts and categorizing them in greater detail for easier access (you may have noticed a much longer category list on the right side of this page). I’m about a third of the way through this process and then I’ll turn my attention to a new look.

By the way, for the past three months I’ve gotten two or three emails a day from Go Daddy reminding me that my domain was due to be renewed (quite a change from last year’s fiasco with Registerfly). Naturally I was fully aware of this and intended to renew but I deliberately was stringing this out as my own personal protest against Go Daddy’s Super Bowl ads. Then last week I got a call at work from a GD customer service rep wanting to know if it was my intention to let my domain lapse. I wasn’t expecting such diligence, but it was a great opportunity for me to explain why I had been delaying. The rep was a bit taken aback, but apologized and said that he would pass my concerns up the line. So I’ve got that going for me.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by.

5 thoughts on “Oh, before I forget

  1. I remember what a treat it was to read this blog for the first time in the wake of an epic Keegan’s victory. I was still unfamiliar with most of the MOB blogs, but knew that I’d found a winner. Perhaps you don’t always garner the comments that you could want, but I know that you are a daily read for many of us. We would miss you sorely if ever you turned the light off so I’m happy to know that you plan to keep enlightening us with your wisdom.

    And on the subject of your co-writers, how long has it been since MD wrote a post? Seems like a while. Maybe when you’re done coughing you can apply some fatherly pressure. Just call writing the “dark side” and she’ll do it for the cookies.

  2. Congrats on yet another blog-iversary, John! It has been more than a pleasure meeting you and your wonderful family.

    Here’s to many more, sir…

    BTW–my 3-year blogiversary is today!

    Geeze..time flies, does it not?

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