I didn’t even realize it until my brother Nate pointed it out, but one year ago yesterday I began blogging. It began just less than two weeks before Will was born, which seems like 10 years ago really. But this post isn’t about me, it’s about all of you.
Thank you. Thank you so much.
Honestly, I never expected this many people to read my ramblings. I figured it would be my family, a few friends and I’d probably stop doing it after a couple of months. So I sent the link out to my family and friends and they said they liked it. But they’re biased, they have to say that. And then a funny thing happened…
I started getting comments from friends of friends. And then complete strangers. And then friends of those people. Then it really got weird. You all kept coming back on a regular basis. And now? Now I’ve made a whole new group of friends, most of whom I’ve never met, but yet feel an extremely close bond.
I’ve shared most of my life with all of you and you shared right back. I’ve posted 289 times this year and you’ve responded with more than 2,100 comments. I never thought I’d get 100. You have no idea how much it means to me that you guys keep coming back here. Whether you agree with me or not, I appreciate the sentiment. Because the thought of putting yourself and your writing out there, only to find out no one likes it is terrifying. And this little site may not be a blockbuster, but it’s turned into something really important to me.
So thank you first of all to my brother, Nate, who put this all together and continues to run the site on a daily basis. It’s probably way more work than you ever thought it would be, but I really appreciate it. Without this site up and running, Parents magazine would’ve never noticed me (I know, I know…hopefully I’ll have news on that soon!) and I wouldn’t have been introduced to all my mom, dad and other bloggers who I now visit on a regular basis.
Thank you to my gorgeous wife who allows me to write about (almost) everything I want. It’s not easy to have your husband humiliating himself on the Internet on a daily basis but she takes it all with a grain of salt.
And thanks to Will, without whom this blog — and my life — would not be complete. I love that I’ll be able to look back at his first year (and beyond) and know exactly what was going through my head at the time. It should make for great blackmail material in 17-18 years.
And thank you, everyone, who comes here and comments here and puts up with me. I’ll keep writing if you keep reading. It means more to me than you’ll ever know!