Monday, December 24, 2007

Grousing Toward Bethlehem


Two weeks ago, my wife and I were having dinner with Drew Curtis -- owner and operator of Fark.com and the man single-handedly responsible for making Admiral Ackbar into a pop culture force to be reckoned with -- when we got to talking about the number of people reading this site. When I told him the kind of traffic I'm pulling down daily, due in no small part to his continued patronage, he informed me that my readership puts me in what he says is the top one-percent of all "personal blog" sites (which I concede is still a little like being the toughest guy at an Erasure concert).

Although there's nothing scientific about any of this, and if I spent too much time worrying about such things I'd make myself crazy, the mere thought of it is a little overwhelming. I started Deus Ex Malcontent -- this little experiment of mine -- as a way to pass the time following my brain surgery last year; I honestly never expected the kind of circulation, not to mention the consistently passionate reaction, it's stirred up over the past year and a half.

Why do I bring this up?

Because I want to say thank you.

The people who read and comment on my occasionally insightful or personal, but more often than not just silly, ramblings honor me in ways I can't properly describe. I'm both proud and humbled to be graced with such an audience day in and day out.

Really, you guys are fantastic, and as surly as I can sometimes seem, don't think for a second that I don't appreciate the fact that you read my stuff.

I'll have a couple of very big things to announce over the next few weeks, and yes, I will in fact be doing another year-end list along the lines of last year's (2006: Year of the Douchebag/1.5.07).

For now though, have a great holiday.

Merry Christmas kids.

17 comments:

namron said...

Hey, we read it because---by God---you are a major league writer with a kick-ass voice. You may not believe it, but that Catholic school education has a lot to do with your writing ability. Keep the good stuff coming!

Mark said...

Merry Christmas to you as well, and thank you for consistently providing us all with prime reading material.

I agree with namron - you've got a great writing voice and style. I'd be thrilled if my students were able to someday write with the same level of intensity and wit that you use on a daily basis. Thanks for setting the bar.

Nancy said...

And also to you, and yours, sweetie.

Love,
N, NP

Lily's Mommy said...

I love your poetry references (Eliot, Yeats) and I also love how you can put into words, all the rage and whatnot I feel but can't express.

For example, your story about the priest and the car alarm. I knew the idea of abstinence was unrealistic but I couldn't express it with a tangible example of why.

So thanks dude. You may sometimes seem like an unapologetic pain in the ass... Merry Christmas!

lakelady said...

You're welcome. In return thank you for continuing to sharing your wit and words that you shape so well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Jayne and all who surround you.

choenbone said...

you need to apologize to the fat woman in front of Dunkin Donuts...and next time I'm going with you. De de de uhhhhh

Al said...

Y'all sure do write purty, I reckon.

Paul said...

There, it didn't hurt so much to write something nice for once.
You're welcome Chez. I can say honestly and speak for most of us, the pleasure is ours.

micheal said...

no no no no. its 'like being the toughest kid in the depeche mode fan club.'

Dave said...

Wow, if i had a heart i think i'd be touched.

RottweilerTOM said...

no no no no no it's like being the ONLY male kid at a Wham concert.

Happy New Year too Chez!

Anonymous said...

You're so welcome Chez, the pleasure is all ours. I was one of the many driven here by last year's famed "Douchebag" list but I've stayed for your point-of-view on current events and the like. I love your blog and can't WAIT for your announcements.

Happy holidays!!!

Paul said...

Best wishes to you and yours in 2008.

Manny said...

I just come here for the side boob. Keep it up.

Merry Christmas, man.

mike m said...

i've attempted to bust your balls a few times over the last year ( made a comment about your eyebrows, etc.).But mostly, I'm reading your stuff or checking out the listening posts 2-3 times a week. I have to say, you back down from nothing and have never failed to post the most unflattering comments. thats the appeal of your blog to me, it contains the warts and the victories, and generally shit thats interesting to me. peace in '08.

Noxx said...

You're welcome! And thank you for your insightful, often angry, more often hysterical pieces. Also, thanks for the music...deeply.

Paul said...

Happy Holidays to All! And thanks to you, Chez, for using your grown up, big words to say what all us knuckle-dragging mouth breathers are thinking. Rock on!