If I were paying closer attention, I’d have started this earlier and posted it at the exact same time (10:50 p.m.) that I Will Dare blinked into being eleven years ago.
Eleven years ago! In internet years that makes I Will Dare about eighty-eight. I’m not exactly sure on the conversion, but I’m pretty sure it’d be like the greatest generation.
I feel like I should have some words of wisdom on this auspicious occasion. However, I completely forgot about the anniversary until about 9 o’clock tonight. I blame that on the fact that I hardly ever know the actual date anymore and not that I don’t care about this here website. I do. I love I Will Dare more than I love a lot of people I know. But not you, of course not you.
On my anniversary, I don’t have any sage words on the state of the internet or blogging. I got no snark on social media or the demise of punctuation. Instead, all I got is this: Thank you.
Thank you for spending a small portion of your time on I Will Dare. The fact that anyone would choose to spend just a few of their valuable minutes reading my website astounds me. It astounded me in 2000 when I was pretty sure the only person reading the site was my friend, Tim and it astounds me now when I know there are forty-eight million other websites you could be visiting, virtual farms you could be tending, or tweets you could be twittering.
So thank you thank you thank you thank you a million times thank you. Would I continue writing if nobody ever visited? Probably. But knowing that you’re out there reading what I write makes it roughly sixty-eight times more fun.
31Jul01 happy anniversary!
31Jul02 add it up
31Jul03 still bleeding
31Jul04 happy blogiversary to me
31Jul05 Sometimes you cannot deny the existence of five
31Jul06 alert the media! iwilldare.com is 6 years old today
31Jul07 Today is the 7th Anniversary of iwilldare.com
31Jul08 Eight years of I Will Dare
31Jul09 Nine years of I Will Dare, That’s a hell of a lot of bullshit
31Jul10 Ten years of I Will Dare: Ten of my best posts