3493 posts as of tonight.
Hard to believe, isn't it?
A couple of you have been here from the start (waving to Remodeling Repartee, Ami, Brenda Bradshaw, and ScaryX-first commenter!)
A heady thousand more just sailed in for the last COM (stats for Friday 12/15 were triple the usual highs on Mondays).
A lot of you have ruined a lot of keyboards for me (yes Miss Tarquini, and your bevy of bunions, I'm looking at you, and you too Bill E Goat).
A lot of you have gone to a lot of trouble to do wonderful things for me: gift certificates; charitable donations; songs! youtube videos! Mr. Clooney's direct line (ok, that's pending, but I know it's on your list).
All of you have my thanks.
I'm deeply gratified by your time and attention. Even when you think I'm my own nitwit. Especially when I AM my own nitwit. Even when I'm cranky (some of those HHCom posts WERE cranky as hell, it's true); even when I'm frothing at the mouth (Sobol anyone? SASE's? red letter offers!); even when you're spanking me for stealing poems and posting them regardless of copyright (Seuss v Snark- litigation pending).
You provide a voice behind the slush pile. Because of your comments and your email, it's much easier to remember there are real people sending work they care about--and not just nitwits who don't understand what "no paperclips" means. Every time I'm tempted to write "wtf" on a query letter, I can come here and rant. If it helps you, great. It saves my sanity...not to mention the wall plaster and the little dog's ears. You help me remember not to get too high and mighty; to remember I wouldn't have work I love were it not for the work you do.
You provide a way for me to think about my work beyond the daily grind. The need to write, or in my case attempt to write, cogently about this industry helps me think about it more logically and with more focus.
You help me learn how to talk about what I need, and what I look for. It took nearly 700 posts but I can talk about what makes a hook work a lot better now than I could three weeks ago. That's thanks to you, and your willingness to send me your work and have it snarked publicly. That took a good deal of your emotional will power and courage. Each of you who participated in ALL the crapometers have my respect and gratitude. Even the ones who "failed", especially the ones who got "WTF" in purple letters.
There would be no Miss Snark, "nice" or nitwit, were it not for you, the people who read this blog.
I don't take your time and attention for granted. Every time you say thank you, please know I also thank you.
Thank you sincerely.