Friday, February 6, 2009

In Which I Pass A Stone

I passed a stone today.

A milestone, that is.

This is my 200th post.

(I had you going for a minute there, didn't I?)

339 days have passed since my very first post on March 3rd, 2008. If you do the math, that means that I have managed to scrape up enough interesting thoughts and amusing stories to merit posting something new every 1.6 days. I find that interesting because I always feel I have nothing to write about. Apparently, that has not been the case.

All week I have been planning out this post. I was excited to turn this corner, feeling as giddy as I had on the day I became a teenager. And yet, now that I am finally here, just as turning 13 lost its shiny appeal before the day was through, I can't remember what I was so excited about. After taking a moment to think about why I feel that way, I realized that having written 200 posts isn't the true accomplishment. The true accomplishment is having all that I have gained during the time I have spent writing those 200 posts: You.

You see, a lot of bloggers out there say that they don't write to please their readers. They write for themselves, to stave off the hunger for it, to make the weight of carrying all those thoughts in one's mind just a little bit lighter. There is this insatiable desire to piece together the chaos when life is turbulent, to relive a memory (either fond or painful), or to just reach out and share with others an experience. I can tell you that yes, I write for those reasons, but I also write for you.

I write here because I want to make you laugh. I want to make you cry. I want to make you think and react and imagine. I want to pull at all of the emotions that make us human, whether they are pleasant or ugly. Most of all, I want to make a connection. No matter how much I write, or what I write about, what would be the point if no one was here to read it? This blog simply would not be without you, and for that I am grateful. 

So here I am, 200 posts in. Am I any better at this then when I first started? I'd like to think so, but you are the better judge of that. Does it feel more like work than fun? At times yes, but having to work at something you enjoy doing is not a bad thing. Have I run out of things to write about yet? That remains to be seen, but it sure feels like it sometimes. How I ever made it this far without boring you all to death is nothing short of amazing.

Thanks for staying with me, and for giving me an audience.


Before I let this post go by way of the Publish button, I'd like you all to indulge a request I have: I'd like you to browse through the archives of this blog and find your favorite entry, and post your suggestion with your comment (that includes you too, lurkers). I'll put your suggestion on the new "Reader Favorites" section over on the sidebar. Throughout the past 11 months, I've always been curious as to which ones you like best. 


Moonspun said...

Happy 200th! This post made me smile and, Badass makes me smile and now he is saying that he WANT to do that? Geesh, I MUST be special!
I am sure it is no surprise to you that I very partial to your post on washing dishes. It's brilliant AND the first one I ever read and so it was my hook. However, I feel a kinship to the one where you, uh, cut your jewels with the towel tag. That's the kind that I laughed hysterically at and felt bad (sort of) about doing so.
From a romantic point of view, I love the one you posted about how you met the Boss. Of course I hounded you to do that, but the post itself was poignant and open and honest.
And from a 'real life' point of view, the posts where you talk about your medical issues, ask us for help and thus where you expose your fears and hopes, those touch my heart.
Oh that's too many, can we have a favorite in different categories???
Anyway, again congrats on the 200th. I hope there are many 200th's more. I love you and your blog and reading it is just as important to me as writing it is to you!

PS my word verification is 'grapased'. What the??? My quick look thought is said "grasped!"

areason2write said...

In which I vote for Exorcism - Happy 200!

Cape Cod Gal said...

Happy 200th sweetie! May you have a 1,000 more. You always make me smile and I love that I found you!

"Morning Wood" is my favorite. Hands Down!

Employee No. 3699 said...

Happy 200th!!!

The ones Moonspun listed would be at the top of my list, but here are two others:

In Which I am Full of Resolve - 12/15/08
I really loved your list of New Year's Resolutions.

In Which I Get a Little Sappy - 10/18/08)
This is the one where you and the Boss are walking andd she takes hold of your hand and you 'just know'.

Sus said...

200th, eh?! Congratulations (*wiping a tear from my eye); they grow up so fast!

I loved the post about how you made out with Scarlet Johansen. That one cracked me up!

MIT Mommy said...

Wow! Congratulations on your 200th. That is awesome, and even inspiring.

I have two favorites . . . the poem that "got me hooked" and the one where you and the Boss were talking about having a baby. But, you can imagine that I'm partial to that one. There have been others that have caused me to ponder during the day - comment, and then sometimes even comment again, and those were probably your true best because they made me think, I reread them, and then saw something else. You've inspired me to write whole posts.

I am more than a little pleased to be part of your audience. And, to be honest, I totally get it. It makes my heart sing to laugh/cry with you, and it gives me great pride to know I am worthy to be laughed/cried with too.

Aww, but I'm going on and getting sappy and Gladys is calling. Better go.

my verification word is 'honisper'.

Sounds like an honest whisper.

Lola said...

Happy 200th, Man! I'm going to have to think my favorite over for a while. I love 'em all, so I'll get back to you.

You know me, I can't make up my mind on anything ;)

Jen W said...

In which I hear more than I wanted is one of my favorites. I love the fact that the girls didn't realize you were there.

LilSass said...

I'm here to check out the new layout. Hmmm, the color reminds me of baby poop and the text in each post butts up against the margin a bit tight. On a happy note I love the right side bar. Are the "S"s in the title a smaller font than the others? I mean, that makes no sense but they look smaller. Hmm weird.

I'm sorry I'm not over here often .... I read you EVERYDAY in the google reader so sorry for not commenting more frequently. But I know how important feedback is for the new layout ... it's the least we can do for each other, right?

OH! And happy 200th post. Man, you wrote more in this many months than I wrote in my first several YEARS of posting. (There's a ghetto bird outside my house, I need to go now) ...

Badass Geek said...

Moonspun: Lots of good suggestions! Those posts were fun to write.

A Reason 2 Write: Good one!

Cape Cod Gal: How did I know you were going to say that?

Employee No 3699: I like that "Sappy" one, too.

Sus: I had all but forgotten about that one. That was a killer dream!

MIT Mommy: I'm glad I give you something to think about at times. I try to make these posts have a little subtext. Thank you for your thoughts, and your suggestions!

Lola: Exactly what I expected, but I wouldn't want anything different from you!

Jen W: Oh, man. That was a day, I tell ya.

LilSass: I know you are picky about the margins. I actually kept that in mind when designing this. The color is authentic to the AC/DC album cover this spoofs.

FrankandMary said...

You are welcome. Except. I haven't been staying with you, since I happened upon your blog 5 minutes ago. I don't write to make people laugh, and though some might think I write to make them cry, mostly I write for selfish, ME reasons. Happy 200, so much better than a kidney stone. ~Mary

Laura said...

Congratulations. All your reasons for blogging get a resounding "here here" from me. I started blogging in April of last year, and what an amazing experience it has been. One of the most wonderful ones is that it has enabled so many of us introverted writers or creative types to find others without having to be socially uncomfortable. Here I sit, in my pink flannel pajamas, and earnestly share my thoughts and opinions. How great is that.

Here's to leaving being the blogging equivalent of teenage years, to 201 and beyond.

Tony said...

Happy 200th! That's a lot of posts man - I've got to say that it's hard for me to say which is my favorite post. You're such a good writer that I like all the ones I've read. One thing that I like about your blog is that you write about anything and everything - I've yet to write a masturbation post. Take care and here's looking forward to many more posts from you.

Moonspun said...

My friend...honest feedback. Don't love the new design and colors. I like the cannon and the phrase. But the brown isn't quite right and the font isn't...well readable enough. But I do like the tan backdrop on the posts. Some more tweaking maybe?
LOL...and my word verification? 'killart' which I feel like I just did with my feedback!!!

Miss Grace said...

Conrats! I like the header.

Badass Geek said...

FrankandMary: There's nothing wrong with that at all. Thanks for stopping by!

Laura: Pink flannel pajamas? Me too! What a coincidence.

Tony: Truth be told, I'm always unsure about writing posts like that one. You know, in case my parents ever read it. That would be awkward.

Moonspun: I appreciate the feedback. The background color is authentic to the original album cover the design spoofs, but I'll see what I can do.

Miss Grace: Thanks, and thanks!

splodge said...

Wow! Already? Congrats Badass...but please don't ask me to pick one post - they're all my favourites for different reasons - and I very much like the person that is revealed through your scribblings - which is why I landed on your blog and haven't budged since.

splodge said...

I meant to say that I like the look of your new blog design - I think the colours are quite tasteful. The text is too close to the margin though.

My fave will always be your original one with your 'Geek' in the banner. It was clear, simple and different. It's good to experiment though and I do often get heartily sick of the look of my own blog every now and then.

I've also decided that if I HAD to choose a fave post, it would be either the 'In which I hear more than I wanted' or the recent one about blue balls.

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