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Sixth BlogiversityLike it says on the sidebar, I started putting my opinion out there for people to criticize six years ago, after annoying other people on their blogs.

I missed the cut as a paleo-blogger because I didn’t start until after the disaster of the 2004 election. My anger over the stupidity of the US electorate in re-electing the Shrubbery needed a release and this was it.

Things were a lot more collegial back then, as there were almost no “professional” bloggers, and a blog roll was manageable, but you can’t live in the past or people will assume you’re senile [if you have gray hair].

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who stop by, as it helps me maintain the belief that I’m not talking to myself.


1 Frederick { 11.21.10 at 12:49 am }

You’re not talking to yourself. I’m listening.

2 jams o donnell { 11.21.10 at 3:10 am }

Congratulations Bryan. May there be many more years of blogging

3 Kryten42 { 11.21.10 at 6:30 am }

You didn’t miss much Bryan, a couple extra ulcers is all! 😉 I stated blogging mid ’02 and finished Nov. ’06. It was an insane and hectic time. But some good times too. We broke a few big scandals, and hopefully showed the sane people how insane the cool-aid drinkers truly are. 🙂

You are one of the rare ones. You have kept to your standards and haven’t allowed anything to change you. Many fail in that regard.

Glad people like you took it up and kept on going, even when the going got tough at times. 😀

A very big and sincere ‘Congratulation’, and many more anniversaries to come!


4 Elayne Riggs { 11.21.10 at 9:19 am }

Happy 6th blogiversary, Bryan!

5 fallenmonk { 11.21.10 at 10:29 am }

A great milestone! Six long years of good work. Always one of my daily stops. Keep it up.

6 Jim Bales { 11.21.10 at 12:39 pm }

Happy blogoversary! I, for one, am delighted to listen. And, when I have something to say, this is a welcoming place to speak up.


7 Steve Bates { 11.21.10 at 1:27 pm }

Congrats, Bryan… I think. Why any of us stick around, pursuing this hopeless task almost daily, is a mystery to me, but your blog is enough a part of our lives that some of us (certainly I) stop by every day. I sincerely hope you keep it up for many years to come!

8 Rook { 11.21.10 at 1:51 pm }

Happy Blogiversary! If I am not mistaken, you made regular stops at my blog before beginning “Why Now?” I always appreciated your dry wit and wry humor.

I guess I made the cut to be a paleo-blogger, having started in 2003, at the time of the Iraq Invasion. In my more than estimable opinion, you are a paleo-blogger because you left enough comments across the intertubes at that time.

9 Jack K., the Grumpy Forester { 11.21.10 at 2:28 pm }

Light those candles, Bryan, and congrats on sticking with it. I haven’t decided if I’m on vacation or out for good, but thanks for keepin’ on keepin’ on…

10 ellroon { 11.21.10 at 4:21 pm }

Wow. I didn’t realize you were that fossilized, Bryan. You read like someone so much younger, man….

Teasing aside, thanks for blogging. Intelligence in the Era of Stupid is a rare and valuable thing.

11 cookie jill { 11.21.10 at 5:31 pm }

Happy Blogiversary, Bryan! I always learn alot from you, especially safe cleanup tips after wildfires.

12 hipparchia { 11.21.10 at 7:56 pm }

happy blogiversary to you! you live in a zoo! … 😈

besides enjoying your brand of humor, i was thrilled to find that there’s at least one other person living in my neck of the woods with political views similar to mine.

13 Kryten42 { 11.21.10 at 8:43 pm }

happy blogiversary to you! you live in a zoo!

Too true! 😉

Except of course that in a real Zoo, the animals are better cared for than you Citizens are by their masters! 😈 😛

For me, I don’t think of Bryan (or indeed many of the other regulars here) as having ‘political views’… It’s having something far more important. Being sane, being real, being honest, and giving a damn about others! It’s why I stop by here every chance I get. I’m busy *fighting my own fires* right now. This blog is the first place opened when I start Firefox when I get online. 🙂 I used to read TP a lot, but it always the same old bad news about something totally crooked or idiotic some moron in Gov has said or done. Same old… I only go there now when I have a specific reason to. *shrug* (Not saying TP is bad BTW, they do what they do very well and report the facts as they are.)

BTW… Nice to see you about again hipparchia! I was getting a bit worried there for a bit. I know you’ve had problems, I hope everything is OK now! 😀


14 Bryan { 11.21.10 at 10:34 pm }

Frederick, I miss your tales of upstate on your old blog. My parents are from small towns near Utica, and I still have a whole lot of relatives in the Mohawk Valley. Thank you, sir.

I appreciate it, Jams, although I think the guys I’m working with at the moment may wipe me out with their assistance.

We never get everything we might wish for on anniversaries, Mr. Duff.

Well, Kryten, it too set in my ways to change, and too stubborn to just quit, although I’m occasionally tempted.

Thank you, Elayne. I loved the stickers, especially the one about driving to Whole Foods.

Keep farming and cooking, Fallenmonk. Eating may be a rare pleasure the way things are going. You should look into “cornish game rabbit” dishes. Badtux has one for gumbo, but I usually burn the roux.

Thank you, Jim, I like new voices because different views offer the possibility of learning something new and avoiding stasis. I can’t promise that people won’t get attacked for different views, but I prefer to leave things as open as possible unless someone starts to attack people instead of their ideas.

Well, Steve, someone has to report on South Fundistan especially during our weather events.

Yes, Rook, I have been harassing you for more than 6 years through your upgrades. I just wish your commenting wasn’t such a pain to navigate, so I could harass you more often.

Of course I’d like to see you back at it, Jack, because you have a unique voice and cover an area of the world that is somewhat wilder than most of the country. Thank you for stopping by.

Ellroon, literacy is becoming endangered in this country, and that is more important than mere intelligence, but I thank you for the compliment.

Jill, I may not comment at a lot at your place or skippy’s, but you are sources for ideas, and not just for blogging. I appreciate the cards and aircraft tip offs.

Humor, Hipparchia? It is more likely Number 7. We are a rare type indeed along the coast.

You’re just saying that Kryten because I’m one of a handful of Americans who knows where Australia is. I spent four hours trying to explain to a friend of my Mother’s why her grandson at college in Australia was not overwhelmed by cold weather gear for Christmas. Maps, weather charts, and a white board were involved and things were progressing until we snagged on the concept of the International Date Line.

Again, thank you all for your kind wishes.

15 Mustang Bobby { 11.22.10 at 6:38 am }

Sorry I’m late to the party, but the traffic was terrible.

Anyway, thank you, Bryan, for providing a great voice and writing so well. You are a joy to read and a great teacher.

16 Bryan { 11.22.10 at 11:42 am }

I appreciate your kind words, MB, but you are a professional when it comes to writing, so that bit was over the top 😉

17 oldwhitelady { 11.22.10 at 4:28 pm }

Congrats, Bryan! You do a good job.

18 Bryan { 11.23.10 at 12:10 am }

I thank you, ma’am.

19 hipparchia { 11.24.10 at 5:20 pm }

thanks, kryten! it’s been a roller-coaster summer, but we’ve all survived here, and things are going nicely for now.

20 JuanitaM { 11.27.10 at 5:07 pm }

Bryan, I am well and truly late to this party, as is usual for me! But I would like to say that your blog is one of only two that I drop into on anything like a regular basis, and I’m never disappointed. It takes a lot of work and time to do this every day. So thanks for taking the time not only to write, but to respond to all our questions and thoughts. (And yeah, I know I’ve had plenty questions!)

Oh, and it’s getting pretty cold in these parts and that means the Iditarod will be starting soon!

21 Bryan { 11.27.10 at 10:10 pm }

Thank you for your kind thoughts, Juanita.

The Yukon Quest will be first if the economy doesn’t kill it. Both races are dealing with the loss of sponsors due to the economic downturn and the very unpredictable weather up that way.