First of all, happy new year, I hope your year is filled with health, wealth, and happiness. I also hope that this year sees all of our transfer dreams fulfilled, dozens of 3-0 Arsenal wins, a treble, and Sam Allardyce, Joey Barton, and David Bentley all permanently banned from playing/coaching/talking about football. That would be the perfect year!
Most of you don’t know this, but today also happens to be the one year anniversary of this blog. I don’t know what possessed me to start this insanity. I had been reading other people’s blogs and probably though “hey I could do that!” Or maybe I got frustrated that I thought the other members of message boards weren’t listening to me. So, my responses to them got longer and more detailed and better researched and I thought “why am I doing this for the guy who runs this place? I could run my own place!”
So I signed up with WordPress, picked up fingers and placed them on keyboard and started writing… Every day.
At first I justified it as me working on my writing but we all know that this is not an exercise in fine writing. This is madness. This is an obsession. This is one man yelling into the darkness, the modern version of the crazy man in the park standing on soapbox decrying the government cover up of UFOs.
And for the longest time, it was me, pretty much all alone: January of 2008 I had 955 views ALL MONTH! The numbers started slowly going up and up but I’m not sure how, maybe my two loyal readers told two of their friends and.. oh my god, it’s just like that movie “Pay it forward.”
It wasn’t until I got picked up by Gooner News that the numbers started really coming in. Which is how I have all of you. Well, all of you except the guys from Tacoma who my friend Russ is tirelessly recruiting for me (thanks Russ).
If there is anything I’d like for the new year (besides the aforementioned Arsenal sucess, oh and if Sir Alex Fergus could get an incurable case of Herpes on his face) If there was anything I’d like it would be to get a bit bigger audience. Like, if NewsNow would pick up the site. If you’ll permit me an emo moment: I don’t understand what I’ve done wrong by them. I think I’ve submitted the site according to their rules, I’m a better writer than 3/4 of the other sites they carry, and I’ve even emailed them several times asking what I’ve done wrong or what I could do different to get my site included with them: no response. It makes me wonder, after I cry in the corner and smudge my mascara.
Now that that ugly scene is over, I really just wanted to use this post to thank all my loyal readers, the lurkers and posters alike, you guys make this all worth while. So, thanks for reading and as long as you keep coming by and commenting, I’ll keep writing. After all, no one wants to be the crazy guy in the park talking to himself: those people are called “business men with bluetooth headsets” and they are shunned.
See you tomorrow with the #2 installment of the year in review — he he… #2.