A bit over 2 years ago, I wrote up a couple of thoughts I had been kicking around for a while and submitted them to this web site where I had been regularly entering (and often winning) caption contests. I was curious to see if anything I had to say would be better received than my steady stream of fart jokes.
I was flabbergasted when the guy who ran the blog offered me a temporary gig as a “guest-poster” while he took some personal time off. I hesitated about accepting it, procrastinating until the opportunity nearly passed, but finally sent in my acceptance. At the time, I was unsure I could come up with more than one or two pieces a week, and didn’t want to commit myself to something I was halfway certain to fail at.
Well, that “guest poster” title eventually morphed into “contributing editor,” and then one day became “section editor.” That little blog where I polished my fart jokes has evolved into a top-ten blog(according to TTLB’s Ecosystem). I’ve found myself quoted by the BBC, CNN, Gary Trudeau of Doonesbury, and interviewed by a real-live columnist for a real-live newspaper.
All this for a self-described “nobody from nowhere with a nothing job and no life.” If I submitted my resume’ to those places, they wouldn’t hire me as a janitor.
Well, some time in the last week or two, I wrote my 2,000th piece for Wizbang. (There have been a few pieces I’ve been reluctant to count, and a couple lost to the aether.) I’ve made some good friends, a few enemies (worthy and un-), and in general had one hell of a time.
It’s been one amazing ride, and largely because of you readers. You’re a huge part of why I keep plugging away here, and intend to keep on at it for the foreseeable future.
My sincerest thanks to all of you.
(Even you, mantis.)