One Year

PunditGuy is one year old today.

When I started this little hobby, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had no idea how much it would become a part of my life. I had no idea how much fun it would be.

I had no idea that one year later, blogging would become a love of mine.

Well, it has.

After 365 days, hundreds of thousands of typed words, roughly 584,000 unique sets of eyes, three different versions of blogging software, and three complete redesigns, I still wake up each day eager to learn something new, hopeful that I’ll write better today than I did yesterday, and grateful for each reader who stops by.

Blogging is a wonderful thing.

If you’ll indulge me a bit, there are a few people I need to thank. Each one has influenced me and in their own way, guided and encouraged me to keep going.

Stephen Green (Vodkapundit)
Hours before I wrote that first post one year ago, I was lucky enough to receive a kind word from Stephen. I asked a few simple questions in an email and he sent back honest answers. Most of all, he said, “Don’t get discouraged!” Thanks Steve.

Jeff Goldstein (Protein Wisdom)
Early on, when he probably should have, Jeff never told me to bug off. Even though I sent him link requests that weren’t always his cup of tea, he always replied with a nice word. Thanks Jeff.

Bill Ardolino (INDC Journal)
Although I’m sure he doesn’t know it, INDC Journal was the first blog to link PunditGuy. Thanks Bill. 

Ace (Ace of Spades HQ)
A good friend who has driven lots of new traffic to PunditGuy. Thanks Ace.

N.Z. Bear (Truth Laid Bear)
NZ taught me a lesson about sending out too many link requests. I respected that and I’ll always remember that bit of guidance. Thanks NZB.

Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit)
How can a one year old blogger not thank Mr. Reynolds? Thanks for the Instalanches Glenn.

Michelle Malkin (Michellemalkin)
She’s been generous and a great example for me. Thanks Michelle.

Kevin Aylward (Wizbang)
Wizbang has been a constant influence for me, and Kevin Alyward has directed many of his readers to articles I’ve written. Thanks Kevin.

Of course there are many, many others to mention. Too many, in fact. Every one of you have shaped this blog. I sincerely appreciate that.

And to the readers of PunditGuy…the ones who come back, day after day, contributing when I’ve had something interesting to say and tolerating me when I’ve posted complete nonsense…you are the fuel that keeps this engine humming.

Thank you.

Comments

  1. I tried two different ways (HaloScan and Simpletracks) to trackback http://donsingleton.blogspot.com/2005/10/punditguy-one-year.html to you, but it said I was trackbacking too quickly

    I dont see how one trackback can be too quick.

    But in any event Happy Blog Birthday

  2. Dave at Garfield Ridge sent me. I can’t believe I’ve never visited before. Happy B-Bday, I’ll be back

  3. Happy Birthday! Dave at Garfield Ridge sent me. 😉

  4. Enas Yorl says:

    Happy Blogday! Courtesy of your Dave-at-Cartoon-Cat-Ridge-alanche.

  5. Uh, Dave said something about strippers and beer… are they in back?

  6. Kevin D. Korenthal says:

    My blog SoCalPundit.com will be one year old in December. I don’t know what it is, but I don’t seem to get to same support from some of the more established bloggers. What is the secret to enticing the bigger blogs to link to you w/out making a nuisance of myself?

  7. Dan Riehl said you’d been doing this for a year as of today. Congratulations… it’s great to hear such a positive story. Not just because of your obvious successs in building your site, but because you’re finding good reasons to continue building it. Year want by fast, didn’t it?

  8. Cindi in PA says:

    Sent over from Riehl world…….. I have been here before on the links from Dan, never bothered to post, to shy, lol.

    Congratulations on your year anniversary. Keep it going.

  9. Happy Birthday Pundit Guy!

  10. Keep up the good work.

  11. First Blogiversary

    Pundit Guy has just his his all-important first blogiversary.

    (Okay, I’m four days late. Sue me.)

  12. Keep on keepin’ on, brutha.

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