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.