Ten years ago today, a blog was born. Ducksnorts first launched in 1997, but the blog (a word that didn’t exist back then) came into being on June 12, 2001.
I contemplated celebrating this occasion by highlighting the blog’s “greatest hits” from years past. Two problems:
- That seems like a lot of work, and I’m lazy.
- I hate reading my old stuff. It becomes an exercise in second-guessing and keeps me from moving forward into the future, where I hope my best work lies.
Instead, I asked myself why I’ve been doing this for so long. The answer is simple and clear: It is because of you.
I write, and you read. Every day, this amazes me. And at times — more often than I’d like to admit — when my mind is clouded by self-doubt and I wonder who the hell I am to think that my words should matter to anyone, you remind me that they matter to you.
I cannot begin to describe how humbling this is. I cannot thank you enough for your generous gift of readership. And I cannot think of a better way to celebrate this blog’s 10-year anniversary than by pausing for a moment to reflect on what we have accomplished together.
Then, when we have finished patting each other on the back, we get back to work. There is so much yet to be done.
Thanks for everything. Let’s go make it happen…