Last week marked a couple of milestones for me.
First, and probably most shockingly, I finally turned 40. It wasn’t as stressful a birthday as my 39th was for a number of very personal reasons, and I would have been content to let the day pass without much comment. But 80+ Facebook greetings, some nice emails, IM and IRC messages…people will say things and then there is no escaping the fact.
Second, Flash of Steel passed one million lifetime visits. Now Rock, Paper, Shotgun probably does that in a month. It took me much longer, and though I am addicted to checking my stats, I don’t put a whole lot of stake in them except as trends. I know that if I wrote more often, I would have passed this threshhold months ago.
So, on the birthday front, special thanks to all friends and family that have gotten me this far. Special thanks to that handful of die-hards (you know who you are) that helped me through a few difficult transitions – there are more to come.
On the site front, thanks to everyone that comes back regularly to read even when I update slowly and everyone that comments intelligently and politely on my posts. It means a great deal to me to have an audience that respects what I have tried to do here and that hasn’t harangued me to write more than I have the last 18 months.
I probably won’t be writing in this space in 40 years time, but I will try to hit 1 million visits sooner – and that will mean more updates. I have a lot of stuff backlogged, some of it in reply to what smarter people are writing for money.