Today’s post is a milestone of sorts as this blog marks its 1000th entry. It has come a long way from its early days when it was originally conceived as a way to document my culinary adventures in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Back then, I averaged about 25 views a day. Over time, that average has upticked significantly as evidenced by the blog stats (from wordpress and former host blogspot) putting the total number of visitors to this blog at approximately 5 million in 2 ½ years. Hopefully, some of you found what you were looking for.
In those first two weeks, I blogged daily and, upon my return home, I decided to keep the streak alive – just to see how long I could last. As it turns, a mighty long time. Between then and now, I haven’t missed a day, blogging about everything from memorable meals to brilliant books, Stargate to spam vengeance, hosting authors, actors, scriptwriters, directors, a chef, a couple of astronomers, production personnel, an arch-villain bent on global domination, a blue-furred beast with an affinity for cookies, and many more. Oh, and the dogs. I’d be in big trouble if I failed to mention them.
A writer writes – even though many of them hate it – and I’ve always believed that the only way to improve as a writer is, well, to write. And this blog has given me the opportunity to do just that. Sure, there’ve been times when I haven’t felt like posting, days when I’ve wanted to give it up, and yet I’ve soldiered on because this little online forum has ultimately proven itself very fulfilling. Frustrating, annoying, maddening, lonely, heartbreaking, and frightening. But, ultimately, incredibly satisfying.
And so today’s entry is dedicated to all you regulars and semi-regulars who take the time to comment, critique, and, most importantly, read these daily entries. If it wasn’t for your kind support, this blog wouldn’t exist and all the time dedicated crafting these thousand entries would have gone to less noteworthy pursuits like learning to play the piano, writing more scripts, or volunteering at my local homeless shelter. Thanks a lot, people.
Let’s celebrate with virtual cake and join the virtual party in the comments section. I’m here all night.
And while we’re at it, let’s also celebrate Stargate Universe’s strong showing at Comic Con (http://io9.com/5324054/who-won-comic-cons-buzz-wars-our-10-picks) with a toast to MGM’s Grey Munford and his team for not only producing a truly kick-ass trailer, but putting together a terrific campaign as the show gears up for its premiere.