It was near the end of a work day in late October 2004 when I logged into blogger.com to create a "blog." There were myriad reasons why I was inspired to do so. Sure, I had heard of the blogging lawyers who exposed legendary news anchor Dan Rather as a fraud. However, I was not laboring under any delusion that I would be able to pull off a similar earth-shattering conquest. No, I looked at this merely as a cathartic exercise so I wouldn't have to rant and rave at people who couldn't care less what I believe. But with a blog, folks would be able to indulge in my opinions only if they so desired.
For a long time I have fancied myself a trivia buff, someone who is interested in fascinating facts. So for my first post, I conveyed similarities between the 1988 Presidential race & Major League Baseball season to the same venues in 2004. Sure, it wasn't exactly hard hitting analysis or provocative rhetoric, but it was an amalgam of a few of my passions: sports, politics and trivia.
Over the first 12 months of this blog, I put forth 17 posts. But over the next 12-1/2 years I've posted 2,983 times on this site for a grand total of 3,000 entries!! Did I ever believe that I would stay in the blogging game long enough to generate that kind of content? I guess I never really gave it that much thought, but I have zero regrets for enduring for that period of time. This blog has directly or indirectly resulted in my forming many new friendships, an ability to think more critically, the urge to expand my interests beyond sports and, of course, my nearly 7-year stint as a weekly radio host (radio broadcasting was something I dreamed of doing since I was 12) for the Northern Alliance Radio Network. Given all that, how can I look at this endeavor as anything but a net positive?
My heartfelt thanks to anyone who has read even once sentence I've typed here. While I have never had the expectations of a Power Line sized readership, I am always pleased to have at least a handful of page views daily. Here's to another few thousand posts or so!