Although I’m sure most of you had it marked on your calendars anyway, I figured I’d send a little shout-out to myself today on this, my fourth blogiversary.
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, it was on a fateful (read: intoxicated and bored) evening back in 2005 when I finally gave into the lure of blogging, this game on the heels of an equally intoxicated and bored evening where I fell into the life-sucking trap that is Facebook.
Needless to say, it was two pretty big days for me.
Last year, I took a look back at my previous three years worth of random, spastic blogging only to find that I was pretty much a failure at the whole thing.
In three years I’d mustered roughly 50 posts here at “Blank Stares and Blank Pages” and another 30 or so on my sports blog, “Cheap Seat Chronicles.”
In the year since I’ve done slightly better, and by slightly, I mean light-years better.
Not only have the posts gone up significantly—here at BSBP I’ve written 241 different posts in the last year and over at CSC I’ve written 50 posts—but I’ve also hit the 10,000 and 20,000 readers mark, I’ve been offered a quasi-job (read: unpaid), my sports blogs have instigated Major League trade rumors and potentially one actual trade that came to fruition, tons of readership and interaction from strangers all across the country and even a few slaps on the hand from my employer.
All-in-all, I’d call that a pretty solid year, wouldn’t you?!
I got into a real groove after a trip to the Midwest last October and it never really slowed down until this summer when my attentions were drawn largely to my sports blogging after receiving “An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse” from the sports blogging site “BleacherReport.com.”
Since August, however, I’ve fallen into a serious rut thanks to a big ole batch of writer’s block and a very busy social calendar.
As you’re reading this, my blog is rapidly approaching the 25,000 reader mark—a fact I’m quite proud of, especially given the total lack of worthwhile content in recent months.
My hope is to really get going both here and at CSC again very soon.
I just took a much-needed trip home and got to relax and just chill out with my family and friends (and gobble up some Taco John’s) and I can’t help but feel more refreshed and ready to get back into the swing of things.
Lastly, but certainly not least, I want to thank all y’all who continue to frequent my blogs and read my mindless, ass-ramblings. It makes it all feel worthwhile when I get a string of replies or at least a big ole spike on the traffic stats.
Here’s to hoping the next year is even better than the last one.