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February 28, 2005

In Case You Were Wondering...

Up to this post:

Two years.
3,381 posts.
Word count, including comments: 1,758,145.
Paragraph count, including comments: 205,802.

All of this formatted in Word: 7,017 pages.

Of course, that's just cold stats that mean nothing without the context of the friendships I've made, the shots I've drank, the quality (or lack) in the writing, the arguments and conversations, the wonderful crew of regular readers and commenters, the Screaming Trees/Mark Lanegan obsession, and the groupies.

Okay, I made up the bit about the groupies. Still, the point stands: although I remain skeptical of the blogosphere as an emergent media voice, there is some reason I keep writing, commenting, and responding. There's a mix of pleasure that I derive from writing, from being read, and from being challenged that isn't answered anywhere else in my life. I thank everyone who has played a constructive role in that, with special thanks going to those people who I now consider friends and those writers who have contributed both here and at AfricaBlog.

The next year of the blog will hopefully see an increase in quality. I don't do resolutions, but if there were one for this situation it would be to see something that I've written published and paid for in a professional setting. A lesser goal, of course, is to finally get Instapundit and Steve Green to blogroll me.

Oh, and groupies. I plan to have more groupies, if possible.

Thanks for supporting me, reading me, propping me up on those occasions when spam comments had me near blog-retirement, and for all of the insightful commentary that you've all left on the site. It's been an honor to be read and to feel respected for my opinions and my thoughts.

Thank you.

Update: Thanks to Bryan for his well wishes and for linking this post. Trackbacks, being an art and not a science, don't always seem to work as well as might be expected...

Posted by zombyboy at February 28, 2005 09:06 AM

Thank YOU for two great years' worth of reading, and I look forward to the coming year. Oh, and if you happen on some extra groupies, would you mind sending a couple my way?

Posted by: Jim - PRS at February 28, 2005 01:44 AM

That's a lot of free ice cream, my friend.

It's been my distinct pleasure to have read you over the past to years, as well as share beers and a meal.

Hopefully, we can do an encore performance one of these days.

Posted by: Craig at February 28, 2005 05:28 AM

I have been a lurker for a couple years. you already knew that.

Posted by: shelli at February 28, 2005 08:30 AM

Z, I have had my paradigm challenged here, been inspired, motivated, moved, found new reads and introduced to Mark Lanegan. I believe I should be thanking you. You were the first "big" blog to link me.

Thank you and Happy Blogiversary.

Posted by: Rae at February 28, 2005 08:41 AM

I'll be a groupie. Sure. I got nothing better to do.

What do groupie's do? Just hang out here and wait to see you and scream when they do? Cuz I can scream brother.

Posted by: Rightwingsparkle at February 28, 2005 10:38 AM

Shelli--you sneak out of lurkerdom occasionally to leave comments. I like that about you.

I have a groupie, I have a groupie...

(And, yes, given my g-phrase status, my groupies only have to stand around screaming every time I pop up in public, alerting the world that someone important is in their presence.)

Craig, you know we'll get together again some time. Next time I drive up your way, you'll be the first to know.

Jim, I'm betting you already have more groupies than I do. And, being the capitalist that I am, I don't believe in equitable re-distribution of groupies. I believe that you have to work to earn your groupies. Darned socialists...

And, Rae, a sincere thanks for the kind words. But you knew that already, didn't you?

Posted by: zombyboy at February 28, 2005 10:46 AM

Two years huh? Is that it? You've come a long way from Blog-city huh? Not many of that bunch survived longer than six months.

Congrats on finding enough time in your life to entertain the possible masses...

Posted by: Hector Vex at February 28, 2005 01:44 PM

...the mini-masses...

Posted by: zombyboy at February 28, 2005 01:51 PM

Well, personally, I'd rather have a mini-mass than a large one.

Heheh- oh.

Posted by: Rae at February 28, 2005 02:23 PM

You know I think you're the cat's pyjamas. Always have, and always will. Even if you didn't write things that make me think, make me laugh, make me choke up, make. . .aww hell. You get the idea.

Just remember who was your FIRST GROUPIE, mmmkay?


Posted by: Margi at February 28, 2005 02:56 PM

Oh, goodness, I'm all ablush...

Posted by: zombyboy at February 28, 2005 03:01 PM

Congrats on your 2nd year!
It was a pleasure to meet you when Craig, I and the kids went down to Denver.
You're one heckuva nice guy!

Take care!


Posted by: Craig's Spousal Unit at February 28, 2005 08:09 PM

2 years! Jeepers, you mean I've been reading you since almost the beginning?

Congrats on a blog well-done.

And no, I'm not going to be groupie. :)

Posted by: jed at February 28, 2005 08:27 PM

I am late to the party, but congrats anyway! Glad that you're still blogging. You're one of five on my personal blogroll. ;)

Posted by: Jo at March 2, 2005 10:47 AM
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