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Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2005

Dave!Okay then. This is Blogography entry #1000.

And I don't know what to make of that.

When I began this blog (after two previous failures) I made a commitment to myself that I wouldn't start again unless I could commit to 1000 entries. At that point I figured I'd either quit blogging or move on to something different. Now that the promise to myself has been fulfilled, what does it really mean?

Blog1000

When I look around at other personal blogs, I notice a trend to post less and less (with some people quitting altogether). I don't think that this means blogging is in a downward spiral, I just think it means that people are getting burned out writing in them. But I'm not burnt out at all. Writing an entry every day is a habit that I'm not sure I want to break. Most entries only take a few minutes of my time (though if I draw a cartoon or have a rant going, it can take a lot longer) so it's not like maintaining Blogography is an overwhelming burden or anything.

And it's not like people have stopped reading it either...

Blog100Stats

At first I thought it was just Google search results that was driving up my counts, but a closer look at my stats show this is not the case. The hits on my "home page" and RSS feed increase every week, so people are actually coming here intentionally (as opposed to looking for porn or something). I don't think I will ever know what makes Blogography worthy of this kind of attention (especially since only the tiniest fraction of my visitors leave comments), but I am certainly touched that so many people enjoy reading what I have to say here.

In the end, "1000" is just a number, and I don't anticipate anything changing in the immediate future. But now that the milestone has passed, there are a few things I am CONTEMPLATING...

  • Quitting. Sure I don't spend a lot of time on this blog (I can't, really), but it does take time away from other things I could be doing. It might not happen today, but perhaps tomorrow or next week. Certainly when it stops being fun.
  • Slowing. I write every single day because once you skip a day, it becomes easier and easier to keep skipping. When I start skipping days, Blogography is doomed. I think I'd rather just quit outright rather than withering away on a slow decline.
  • Changing. In the back of my mind, I was seriously hoping that "Dave's Bad-Ass Blogography Show" would prove interesting enough that I would eventually stop writing altogether and switch to a weekly "tooncast" instead. But since the first show is nowhere near ready for release, I just don't know yet. I would certainly like a change of pace.
  • Nothing. Just ignore the number 1000, and keep going for a while.

And here's a few things I will actually be DOING...

  • Killing off the FridayQ. Memes are kind of dying off, and it's just not worth it to me to keep it up when nobody cares. Tomorrow's FridayQ will be the last one for the foreseeable future. Thanks to everybody who has participated and supported FridayQ all this time.
  • Upgrading to Movable Type 3.2. And probably killing off TrackBacks at the same time. The spam they generate every day is not worth the effort. Congratulations to all the dumb-ass, sack-licking TrackBack spammers out there who have succeeded in destroying a once-useful blogging community tool... I hope you f#@%ing die.
  • Updating the layout. Now that I know I'm not quitting just now, I will probably be making some adjustments to things that have been bothering me... particularly in the button tabs and navigations.
  • Dropping RSS. Now that the Atom spec has finally reached 1.0, I will be dropping RSS as a syndication option. In order to conserve bandwidth, I may switch to excerpts instead of full entries in the feed as well. This is not something I want to do, but I may have to. Sometimes people may not be interested in an entry I write, yet I serve up the entire thing to them anyway... by serving only to those who really want to read it, I'm hoping I can save some precious bandwidth.
  • Release BloggerPeeps. I've finished the widget, I just haven't had time to finish the site. Since I'm home for a bit after this trip is through, I should have time to finish up.

Anyway, to all of you who visit this happy place... thanks! As always, your comments are welcome and, who knows, there may just be another 1000 entries to come.

Movie Quotable of the Day: "Without your space helmet, Dave, you're going to find that rather difficult..."
Yesterday's Answer: Witness (1985) with Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis.

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Comments

  1. melina says:

    i’m glad i found you dave! thanks for making a comment on down with pants! or i would’ve never found your blog.

    yay 1k!

  2. Kevin says:

    Congrats, Dave! It is a big milestone, but not one that should have you contemplating some blog-changing event. Keep this site up. I love it and check it every day.

    Sadly, last week I was considering picking up on FridayQ. Guess not, eh?

    Looking forward to BloggerPeeps.

  3. Rob says:

    Just remember Dave, quitters never win and winners never quit. If you quit now how do you expect to rule the planet. How would you spread the word of Dave. Daveism is going strong and many bitch slaps are being give to the idots of the world. If you stopped now, who would lead us!?

  4. Rachel says:

    Wow! Congratulations on 1000 posts! Hopefully you continue writting in Blogography; I’ve enjoyed it for the past 6 months. Your rants are great to read, especially if they come with a DaveToon. Every time I come on I hope to see the little Dave in his attempts to shoot crazy ass bitches or light a clown on fire.

    Here’s to the next 1000!

  5. Brad says:

    Congrats on 1,000 posts. Best of luck with the next 1,000, but if it doesn’t happen, I’m happy to have read this far. Thanks.

    The movie is: 2001, Space Odyessy

  6. kazza says:

    Please don’t stop blogging altogether.. you’re my favourite blogger ..

    And is the movie 2001?

  7. ssp says:

    ‘In the end, “1000” is just a number, and I don’t anticipate anything changing in the immediate future.’

    You could just switch your reading to hexadecimal or something like that…

  8. Anthony says:

    Wow, 1000 entries. Pretty fecking cool man. :)

  9. Ben says:

    Break out the Dom Perignon! Congratulations!

  10. Sayuri says:

    Here’s to your #1000. And many, many more. (You give good rant! Where else is there to go…)

  11. Patrick says:

    First of all, congrats for the 1000th post.

    Second, Blogography is THE ONLY blog that I anticipate future posting to. I subscribe to a little over 200 feeds and Blogography is actually the only one I look forward to every morning I get up. I’d really miss the moment to get an insight into your life if you’d decide to drop the blog in favour of the tooncast – but I’d most probably follow that one too in any case.
    With people like you, Dave, there’s still hope for the American people.

    The RSS doesn’t really matter to me since I often read the feed as well as the web page. However, I sure as hell hope that you don’t quit writing to Blogography entirely, since it’s the best thing on the web at this moment – a haven of reason so to speak.

    Keep up the good work, and if you’re tired of both blogging and the US, you could always move toSweden and we could have a lot of things to talk about (not forgetting the outstandingly beautiful women here)…

    (Excuse any misspellings – its been a tough night of drinking with a LOT of Gin and Rum)

  12. Cavan says:

    This calls for a celebration! Free bad monkey shirts for everyone! …right?

    Congrats on 1000 posts!

  13. jenny says:

    Congrats, Here’s to another 1000…
    Love ya..
    jenny

  14. mrjerz says:

    I’m pretty sure April is when I really started pimping you. Yet, somehow, my logs just don’t show quite what you have going here. Curious.

  15. D2 says:

    Dave, I love you so. I want you to know
    That I’m going to miss your blog
    The minute you walk out that door
    (Chorus)
    please don’t go
    Don’t go
    Don’t go away
    Please don’t go
    Don’t go
    I’m begging you to stay

    (to the tune of Please Don’t Go by KC and the Sunshine Band)

  16. Neil T. says:

    Yay for 1k :)

    Please don’t get rid of the full text feeds – although your site design is nice it’s quicker to read the feed than clicking through. You could, perhaps, make more use of the extended entry field for some entries.

  17. Andy says:

    Congrats on the 1000 but please please please don’t go down the excerpt route in the rss feed – it really is annoying to have to click through to read the full story

  18. The Ref, LGC says:

    I read it every day – it’s the only way I can keep up with my very good friend DII.

    Here’s to another 1K entries ;)

  19. Chris says:

    WooT! 1000 posts. Well done! :D

    Bad Monkey!

  20. Troy says:

    Sweet. 1000 posts. I’m still striving for that goal. I’m also one of those “only post every so often type” people.

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