Over 100,000 views.
It's amazing to lay the bare facts on the table. I don't mean to puff myself up, but writing 200 articles in under a year is herculean for me, who used to be a rather sluggish writer. I've never been terribly prolific in terms of my literary output, mainly because I work better with a deadline.
Monday through Friday blogging was a concept I would have thought impossible last year, but I've adapted to the style. I thought my ideas would dry up around the fifty blog mark, but they funnel hasn't clogged (unlike that time I tried force-feeding Karen Carpenter... I knew I shouldn't have tried to shove a whole watermelon down the funnel... she was just so damn small!)
In the last year, I've written about the election of one of the most monstrous presidents ever to grace a modern political battlefield. My faith in humanity was healed when I saw the outpouring of protest and opposition, which still continues, even a month later.
I reviewed the first performance of War Paint at The Goodman Theatre, eliciting one of the stars, Christine Ebersole, to endorse my literary efforts: "Thank you so much for your very thoughtful and astute review of our first-ever public performance [of War Paint at the Goodman Theatre]. Wow!"
I beat Dr. Phil to the punch and interviewed a man who knew of Shelley Duvall's mental illness before him, winning many congratulations and accolades.
My article on breaking the chains of masculinity one ChicagoNow's Best Post of June, an extremely proud moment.
And I received what may be my greatest achievement yet: I was ridiculed and slandered in a smear article regarding my blog on pop music.
And, best of all, I've gotten to talk to so many of my readers and listen to their stories. I've gotten to speak with my fellow bloggers and experience their stories and their lives. I've gotten to share in the joy of living with so many beautiful people.
And so, I close this simple blog by quoting my favorite TV show (which, yes, I did write about) The Golden Girls:
"Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true your a pal and a confidant.
And if you through a party
Invited everyone you ever knew
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say thank you for being a friend."
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And the newest episode of my podcast, The Objectivist and The Vegan, has been uploaded to SoundCloud!
In this episode, Jack (The Vegan) and Steven (The Objectivist) discuss their favorite books and discuss government regulation. Also: Steven hugs George Harrison's busty ex-wife, Jack bashes The Walt Disney Corporation, Steven gives Rachael Ray an opera mix-tape! They also get visited by three new mystery celebrity guests!
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