Well gang, this is it for 2009! I’ve got the blog roll updated up to this point. Don’t worry, I’ll update the tallies for this post as I reset for the beginning of the year. It usually takes me a couple of days to get things sorted and started up for the new year.
When I started this blog back in May 2006 I was a newly divorced guy working for “the man”. A lot has happened during all this humor that you may or may not have been aware of. Consider that I internet dated 72 different women (a LOT of first dates…don’t even go there), got remarried, moved twice, had a house built, got laid off after 17 years at the same company and was unemployed for the first time since I was 13 and then wrote two novels (still in the revision cycle with both). Let’s just say that’s a lot of change happening behind the scenes.
But here in the Fantastical Nonsense world I posted 266 times this year. That’s down slightly from the 287 I posted last year. Then again, I stopped posting on nearly every single day this year. Most people couldn’t keep up anyway. As it stands right now I post Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sun. Last year nobody commented on every single post I did but Serena and Kurt were by far the over-achievers with my only 200 threshold breakers (Serena at 275 and Kurt at 261). This year, a dozen readers broke that magic 200 barrier. Last year only 17 readers broke 100. This year, 28 readers made the magic 100. Last year, 208 different bloggers were linked up to my blog roll. This year 298 different bloggers honored me with a visit. Astounding!
Last year I celebrated my dedicated readers by offering them an astounding 10 cents per comment for their efforts. It was a gift, I never promised anything when I set up the blog roll. I never promised anything this year and even though I am unemployed, I still offer up the same 10 cents per comment to any of my readers that commented over 50 times this year. A funny thing, I didn’t go bankrupt either. Most readers just enjoy the fun and wouldn’t take the offer. Those few that did take me up on it; I was happy to oblige. Either way, the offer stands. Just send me a personal email (you can find the address in my profile).
So without further ado, here were our BIG Blogroll Winners (yes, my two perfect commenters get the traditional blog gnome abuse):
Elizabeth with Elizabeth and her Completely Visible Chinese Baby. Elizabeth managed to stay perfect despite going to China to adopt a baby; a long trip. She’s fortunate that I lag back and don’t update right away because once I do update, there’s no going back! Her blog is a trial and tribulation of the frustration and then joy of adopting a baby from China. One other thing I can relate with Elizabeth about is that I’ve been to both of the Alaska towns she’s lived in while commenting here (Nome and Juneau) and not a lot of people can say that. Elizabeth started commenting right at the tail end of 2008 but once 2009 wiped the slate clean, she’s never missed once. I can’t even say that about a meal…
Janna with Jannaverse. Janna was not only perfect but she demanded an audit when I miscounted her once. Sheesh…my readers put me to task on the blog roll! Janna has some of the funniest, wittiest and fantastical nonsense comments on here. We have similar tastes in humor. Plus, the gnomes love to stalk her! Her word definitions are things I’ve never been good at but are great and she kicked my butt at some crazy online word game earlier this year. I’d probably avoid playing her at Boggle even though I’ve never lost a game (just because of that fact). Janna started commenting right at the beginning of the year…literally. Good timing on that one!
For the rest of my readers…I’ll reflect on you all starting with my first blog post for 2010. After that…it’s nothing but humor as usual. The blog roll will flip when I get the chance to update. The first few days I'll try and refresh often so be patient.