Wednesday, December 17, 2008

it's Matt Good's fault

After 1,000 posts, there is bound to be some shameless self-promotion. After all, that's what this blog was built on. And if I have overused this blog as a vehicle for pimping myself, I apologize. I hope you have found moments of enjoyment amongst the self-aggrandizing.

A lot has changed since I started blogging about 3.5 years ago. At the time, I was spending a fair bit of time reading Matthew Good's blog, getting into some pretty intense discussions with like-minded people, and I found I really liked the sense of community that I found within the confines of blogging. And because I really didn't want to keep clogging up the poor man's blog with my verbal diarrhea, I figured it was time to start my own, a place for my mundane ruminations, my occasional rants, and my incessant list-making. Thus Bad Tempered Zombie was born.

Over the years, you have honoured me by sharing my pain and my joy, my tragedies and my triumphs. I have been so blessed that I have been able to meet many of you in person over the years, and you didn't even turn out to be axe-murderers or anything. I love the sense of give and take in the blogging community. And you guys are all so damn witty.

Blogging has exposed me to all kinds of new music, has provided me with an arena in which to practice my writing, and has allowed me to receive your feedback on things like reviews that I found I loved writing. And were it not for the support you have given this blog, I would never have found the stones to make the leap from dissatisfied and underemployed lab manager to highly satisfied and busy, if poor, freelance writer. I've received two paycheques from my articles to date and even though I can barely pay for a sack of groceries with each one, the satisfaction of doing something that I really love is,
to steal shamelessly from a tv advert, priceless.

So thank you for being my blog buddy through 1,000 posts. You have been both a shoulder to lean on and an instrument of change.


Remi said...

A tip of the feathered fedora to the pimping Zombie.

Wandering Coyote said...

Congrats on the 1000th post! Time flies, eh?

John Mutford said...

Here's to four more posts!

Bridget Jones said...

What Remi said, and congrats on reaching 1000! Hope you're celebrating, and speaking of witty, Barb, you've got that allll sewed up! Long may you type/blog!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You're looking really stylin', Remi! Thanks!

Where the heck does it go, Wandering Coyote? When we are blogging, time does not exist.

What the hell, John, let's make it five! Unless of course I get impeached first.

Awwwww, you are so sweet, Bridget! Right back atcha, girl!

justacoolcat said...

Wait a second, who are you again?


justacoolcat said...

Oh, I remember now! You're Thom's biggest stalker. You know the creepy love is always the best.

Congrats on the self promotion it's well deserved!

Wordv: dingfuto

Allison said...

Well done, you! Handclaps, handclaps.

You were the first blog I ever commented on...look what you started. ;)

Here's to the next 1,000 and more brilliant concert reviewing!

Sean Wraight said...

Congratulations Barb! This is such a fine achievement. Now if only there were some kind of prize for such an occasion.

Here's to another 10 000 my friend.

Long may you blog.


P.S. I'm taking a screen capture of this one... My word verifcation- funatio
Must be my lucky day!

mister anchovy said...


Barbara Bruederlin said...

You say creepy love like it's a bad thing, JustA.

It seems like such a long time ago that we discovered each other's blogs, Al. And I still remember the first post I read on your blog!

Another 10,000, Sean? I wonder if I will still be writing about the same old stuff in 30 years? I'll bet the internet will seem archaic by then. Mind you, I also thought I would be a Jetson by now, so.

Thanks, Mister Anchovy!

Anonymous said...

i have enough trouble blogging a picture and a couple sentences. I would use the excuse that I'm too busy with much more important productive things but truth is...not much to say.

Beth said...

While we may never meet face to face, I feel like we're friends and I know you well. Still want to tag along for a Martha weekend.

Beth said...

OH! CONGRATS on the most entertaining blog posts!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I would call renovating a bathroom too busy with more important things, Kelly. You had that right.

You would be an awesome addition to a Martha weekend, Beth! You would fit in perfectly!


Bravo on 1000 posts!

You are a writing machine! Here's to another 1000 for my reading pleasure!

bloody awful poetry said...

You are insane, woman! 1000 posts, and here's to, like, I dunno, 235467 more. Congratulations, ma'am!

Karen's Mouth said...

Congratulations! What an achievement. Well done that lady. Absolutely fabulous. And I very much hope we will one day get to meet. I think that would be splendid. So I raise a glass (probably some cheap cava or similar) to your 1000th post and to future blog meets.

Will said...

in honor of 1000 posts, another rap:

1000 posts for the btz
1000 posts that you been reading
1000 posts that she been writin
1000 posts that we've been delightin
the snarky humor
and the sentimental posts
the theatre reviews
and unknow canadian artist
of which she boasts

thank you
for the matt good tip
plus the constantines on the flip

thank you
for the mix cds
hope there's some more in store for me

thanks on behalf of thom yorke
who gets more love from you then he does from pitchfork
thanks on behalf of thom yorke
whose still insecure and needs the support

thank you
for 1000 blogs
thank you
for 1000 more blogs
thank you
for 1000 more blogs after that
thank you
for another 1000 blogs more

k now i'm going to sing the chorus using auto tune...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

But I haven't been painting any rooms, like some bloggers I could name, Urban. So I can't brag too much.

Insane is my middle name, BAP. Actually, no, but it would make an awesome middle name, wouldn't it? It IS my cat's middle name, though.

I sure hope we get a chance to meet someday too, Kees. And then we would raise many glasses of plonk to one another, I am sure.

hahahahahaha!!!!! Oh Will, you spoil me so! Thanks!!!!
You know how much I love your raps, you are the word king, man! I should compile all your raps into a book and publish them. We'd make a killing.

Dale said...

It's been brilliant getting to know you here and through my non axe-murdering friends visiting with you Barbara. Thanks for such a consistently entertaining and fantastically written read! Congrats on turning 1000.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Even your axe-murdering friends have been rather nice, Dale. You hang out with quality people!