April 23rd, 2008

Five Years

It was five years ago today that I started this blog. I wish my first entry was something memorable and different from all the other first entries to blogs, but it isn’t. I remember wondering if the thing would even work and if I would ever do anything with it. Here I am, five years later, desperately clinging to some sort of misguided hope that this blog will turn me into some kind of writer.

In Internet years, five is an eternity – All Your Base gives way to Badgers gives way to Dramatic Prairie Dog gives way to who knows what else. It turns out that five years in “real” life is a long time, too. So much has changed in the last five years that it’s hard to grasp it, really.

I don’t believe any current reader of my blog has read through all five year’s worth – and I’m not suggesting anyone take the time to do it now! – but take a look at the posts on the left under the heading “Some Favorite Posts” to see what I’ve enjoyed writing, if you’re so inclined.

To mark (ha!) this grand occasion, I’ve decided to hold another contest:

How many posts have I written for this blog? This is kind of a trick question, because you won’t be able to go back through and count them and get the right answer. I have written some/many/several entries that are not posted, were posted then removed, or have not been posted yet. I am going by the number listed on my Blogger Dashboard, so no one but me has any idea what it is.

Tie-Breaker: How many reviews/articles have I written for DEN? I’ve been writing for that site for four years now (even though I’m currently extremely behind on an article), and have enjoyed that as well.

So, leave your guesses in the comments. The person who guesses closest to the actual number will win either a set of DVDs of Episodes IV-VI of Star Wars, or something from the MadMup.com store – winner’s choice. Second place winner will get whatever the first place winner didn’t want. The contest closes at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, 4/24/2008.

EDIT: Since it’s been asked a couple of times, let me clarify: it’s just “closest,” not “closest without going over.” I couldn’t get Bob Barker or Drew Carey to help out, so that’s how we’re rolling.

EDIT #2: The Star Wars DVD set is Region 1, so a winner outside of the US or Canada will have to be happy with MadMup.com gear.

Thanks for reading. I recently registered the domain name for another five years. I’m curious to see what they’ll hold.

16 Comments on “Five Years”

  1. ZiggyTQuirk says:

    My guesstimate is 537

  2. ZiggyTQuirk says:

    My tiebreak guess is 32!

  3. The Rock Star says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    For kicks, I looked up my first ever blog entry (not a blogger journal). July 30, 2004. I guess my four year anniversary is coming up!

  4. Eric says:

    I will guess 615 entries with 16 articles written for DEN.

    By the way, I have read every entry you have ever posted.

  5. Meags says:


    Tie breaker: 58

    So is this Price is Right Style or just closest?

    I'll be at 5 years next May. I'll have to do something special too!

  6. Brian Arnold says:

    For what it's worth, I've read every single post on your blog. A few years ago, I caught up on the early stuff and have kept up regularly since. :)

  7. the obscure says:

    Is this the closest, or closest without going over?

  8. the obscure says:


    24 for tiebreaker.

    Have also read every post.

  9. TheBon says:

    hmmm. I'm going to guess 673. How's that for a random number?

  10. Angela says:

    495 is my guess.

    My Tie-breaker is 27.

    And, since I guess we're keeping track, I have NOT read every single entry, nor do I plan to.

    In fact, I only check your blog like… once every two weeks.

  11. Meags says:

    I subscribe to the RSS so I've read everyone since I started subscribing. Yay!

  12. Wahooty says:

    Your anniversary present:


  13. Mel Eik says:


    Tie breaker: 25

  14. The Big Guy says:

    349.6 blog entries

    tie break is 89.7 tiebreak

  15. Rienzi says:

    My guess is 600 posts. Tie breaker is 48.

  16. Dana says:

    I was going to guess some astronomically high number til I read the other posts….

    Still, my guess is high. I'm going to go with 800 and 59.

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