Monday, June 25, 2018

10 years of blogging

Ten years ago today I put up my first post.  12,000+ posts later, here we are.  Google tells me that there have been almost 7 Million page views since then, but that only started in  2010, and Sitemeter registered 150,000 views or so before that so let's call it an even 7 million or so.

More important to me is the 40,000 or so comments that all y'all have left.  It's hard to overstate how much comments mean to a blogger, so I'm not sure how to thank you..  So thanks, more than I can say.

I'd also like to thank co-bloggers ASM826 (my brother-from-another-mother) and Brigid (my sister-from-another-mister).  They've both been very long time friends who I never would have met without Al Gore's most excellent Information Super Highway.  I've learned a lot from each of them, both about blogging and about life in general.  I don't think that I'm the only one.

The Queen Of The World is another one to thank.  I almost quit blogging a few years back but she helped me realize that I didn't need to blog on a rigid schedule like I had been doing, and that blogging could be done on a more relaxed, as-I-felt-like schedule.  She's been good to me, although in more ways than I can say.

As with you, gentle reader.  Some of you have been reading since near the beginning.  Some of you have been coming here for a while.  I think that this - the people who keep coming back despite all reason not to - is the biggest satisfaction I've had from this.  It's a community.

So thank you, everyone.  Thanks for ten years of community here.

17 comments:

Murphy(AZ) said...

Thanks for the effort. Glad to have been a part of it in my own small way. You helped me re-find Brigid after she went dark.

ASM826 said...

My first post was July 2nd, 2008. My first post with content was July 3rd.

My first gunblog post was July 5th. You commented on it. I had been blogging for 3 days.

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"Borepatch on July 5, 2008 at 9:20 am said:

Hey, welcome to blogging (I started mine a week ago).In Feb we were on vacation at Hilton Head, and took #2 son to Paris Island. Had a great day. He’s 12, but shows a keen interest in the Corps. And lever guns."

Stephen Gustav said...

Congrats! You’ve had an awesome run, and you’ve been a regular read for me most of that time.

I started in 2003 - but had largely stopped blogging ten years later. Someday, I need to start again.

ambisinistral said...

Congrats -- keep up the good work.

Aaron said...

Congrats! Your blog is one of my regular reads.

Tim Wolter said...

Putting up a ten spot is no mean task. It involves plugging away day in and day out. Some days will be inspired, others insipid. But the total body of work is impressive. A daily read for me....even though we do not always agree. (That's the nice things about conservative thought, we are allowed to disagree and remain friends!)
T. Wolter

SiGraybeard said...

Your blog is one of the first blogs I discovered and started reading (along with Brigids) and one that inspired me to start. I think it was via a link on Tam's blog.

It is a form of social media, after all.

Congrats on the 10th anniversary! There's lots of top shelf content here in the archives.

chris said...

Congrats on the 10-yr anniversary! Glad the effort never fully got to you (not many appreciate how much work these things can be). Really appreciate you sharing both your knowledge and humor.

Here's to another 10-years!

Lawrence Person said...

Congrats!

To celebrate you should ride a motorcycle, shoot some guns, eat a steak, and drink some whisky.

Oh wait! That's a regular day at Camp Borepatch...

Rev. Paul said...

Happy Blogiversary, my friend. It's been good for us, too. :)

Skip said...

Congrats, Borepatch.
Read you every day, and have you on my blog list.

drjim said...

Happy 10th!

Like others, yours is one of the first blogs I found, and I've stuck around since then.

Rich in NC said...

Congratulations on 10 years.

You are fourth on my daily blog reading list.
Those in front of you are ;
Brigid
Tam
RobertaX

then

Borepatch.

Whoda thunk that a small piece of cotton cloth dipped in Hoppes #9 would be writing for so long.
I'm here almost every day.
Again, Thanks (also thank the Queen Of The World)

libertyman said...

Who knew friendships would be made by computer in the way that they have? One of the fortunate side effects of blogging is real life meetings that otherwise would have never happened.

What a world we live in!

Here's my glass raised to the next ten, and the next ten. Cent'Anni as the Italians would say!

waepnedmann said...

Many thanks.
I check in every day.
As I have mentioned; I started reading for the smahtz (h/t Tam) and have been edified by the musical education.

Brigid J. said...

It's been an honor to be your friend, and also to blog here, especially during my troll-inspired hiatus.

OldAFSarge said...

Late to the party (commenting is verboten from the work machine) but have to add my congrats, here's to many, many more!

Well done, BP!