March 1, 2002, 10:59 PM.
I stumbled into the blogiverse by accident. I finally got around to putting up a web site after years of whining about it, because I finally had broadband access and a smidge of free storage that came with it (and because I was about to turn 40 and thought I’d better the hell do it already).
The blog was an afterthought. What else could I put up on the site that would be kinda cool? I’d been hanging around Leoville, and Leo had a blog. Neat! I’d have one too. That the blog has taken over so completely is just bizarre to me.
Over the course of the year I:
- turned the aforementioned 40
- quit my position of authority in one church and joined the choir of another
- got my first cell phone
- became re-acquainted with friends I hadn’t really talked to in years
- conversed with Dr. Demento
- became a Blogcritic
- launched an insane Banned Books List project
- got through the first anniversary of my dad’s death
- joined the Carnival of the Vanities
- went monkey mad
- survived my daughter’s broken foot on Halloween
- tried (and failed) to finish a novel in a month
- had a cool pity party which lead to the Minion Calendar
- paid way too much to see boobies fly south (just kidding)
- met a great gang of hoodlums on Disney property (and didn’t get kicked out)
- pimped a blogger’s run for the Presidency
- participated in the most hilarious Santa Blog
- wrote a poem for Christmas
- had a blogger snowball fight
- joined the Spork Posse
- sang kumbaya at a Bloggin’ Love Fest
- went to a real circus
- met the Mighty Geek
- watched my hated rival join the blogosphere
- became a Blogwhore (officially)
- won several Golden Finger Awards
- gathered great quotes from my fans
- doled out titles to my friends
- and had more fun (and was more annoying) than a human should be allowed!
A lot happens in a year. Big and small. I have tried to bring a smile to each and every one of you – hopefully when you needed it most.
Extra special hugs go out to my beautiful wife, my hyper-intelligent and cool kids, and my funny, geeky friends.
I love you all. Seriously.