...and no one's around to read them, do they really count?
From where I'm standing, the answer is yes.
And today's headline of the day was the lucky 1000th for this two-bit, no good, waste of perfectly good html code, blog.
In the past, I've written a few "look at how philosophical I can be about blogging" posts, but I can never remember what I've said in each. So if I repeat myself here, well, you'll just have to read it a second time.
And sure, this post may come off as somewhat overly congratulatory, but if you can show me the 1000 posts you've written on your blog, I'll be happy to congratulate you too.
As anyone who blogs knows - this business isn't easy. Over the last two plus years, I've done my best to post at least once a day, with things picking up gusto over the last six or seven months. Make no mistake, what I do here on a daily basis may be juvenile and at times moderately offensive, but telling jokes and photoshopping people's heads on other people's bodies isn't as easy as it looks.
I started this site many moons ago on November 8, 2006, a day that will live in infamy for me. As I know I've said before, I wanted a place where I could stay connected to other Steelers fans, while I was disconnected from my own Steelers loving network of friends. To that end, I've put every ounce of myself that I possibly could into making this a fun, entertaining and community-esque place for fans like me who maybe weren't weened on how to read a Cover 2, but who nevertheless have an opinion on the personnel comprising it.
I can't tell you how humbled I am by the fact that at least several of you come here every day to read whatever idiotic assertions I make. I'm not going to pretend like I'm the friggin' New York Times here, but as far as blogs go, not everyone is so blessed as to have such an interactive and frankly, humorous readership. This is where, if I was a total douche, I'd quote you traffic numbers. But you and I both know that would be totally lame. And actually, now that I've used the word "readership," I'm going to go stick my finger in a live socket. I've gone on record in the past as saying how self-serving it is to throw that one around. So for me to do it just now, well, remember what I said earlier about hypocrisy? Yep, here you go.
Not that it makes much of a difference, but from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate all your support. The fact that every week I find myself complaining that I've got several hours of photoshopping to do for Meeting People Is Easy is a testament to how supportive y'all are. For my money, as a blogger, there is no better experience than watching people actually enjoy something you've created. Even if that something is a picture of Steely McBeam photoshopped to look like Satan.
I hate to single people out over others, because I know there are at least five other people that read this blog besides those of you who comment regularly, but I'd be remiss if I didn't recognize certain individuals for their individual contributions.
Some might say that Domski is obligated to be part of this blog as my hetero-lifemate. No. He is not. And yet, he's been here every day for the last two years, and four months or so, helping to keep the conversation going. In the past, he's even filled in for me while I studied for finals. I probably wouldn't have kept writing on here if he wasn't reading all this time. I can't tell you how important it's been that he's supported me on this from day one.
This is for you man...
Sorry, I had to. Things were getting too serious there for a minute.
Equally as important is Tecmo. It's real easy for us (and probably you) to make jokes about how gay we are with our blogs, but this guy knows more about sports blogging than 99% of all sports bloggers out there right now. He's brought to my attention a number of realities about this sports blogosphere that I never recognized. He's been a great friend in the relatively short time I've known him, and I can't wait to see what kind of other shenanigans the two of us will get into in the future.
Marc. I'll be honest, I don't know how Marc stumbled onto this blog. But since he has, he's been one of the most consistently supportive guys around. Both about the blog and about life. As I said this morning about Bryant McFadden - Marc too, is a good man, and thorough.
For the last month or two, tiny350z has emailed me almost every morning with either links or just some plain old Steelers banter. That is simply awesome. Like Marc, I don't know where she came from either. But I'm very glad she's a part of this blog.
I'm pretty sure Ladi Izz showed up for every gameday liveblog this past season. If you've ever liveblogged before, you know how much of a pain it is and how much it helps to have someone else there to fill the gaps. Izz had my back every time and I very much appreciate that.
Beyond that, there are many others including (but not limited to) - Sheena Beaston (of, well, Sheena Beaston), Matt, Sean (of Sean's Ramblings), Blitzburgh (of BTSC), Joey Porter's Pit Bulls (whose blog predates OFTOT by literally five days), The Chief (who's probably been around here the longest besides Domski), Random Asshole (still can't figure if he actually likes this blog or not), Notgomu (who, let the record show, got me a solid Mean Joe shirt for my bday!), Don (who, a while back, gave me some of the best advice I've ever received), Doug, Noah, Nate (whose U2 obsession is unmatched), Vern, L-Niz (you know who you are), John Woods, the Jim (of Sportsocracy), big TC, Shawn K, Sean P, Christy (wherever she's been), Ben, Brett, Jup, and I'm sure I've missed a few.
Thanks for everything, kids. I hope you enjoy hanging around here as much as I do.
Now, can I get a group hug?
PS - Check it out, no curse words. Somewhere out there, my Mom is finally proud of me right now...probably Leo Tolstoy too, judging by the length of this thing.
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