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.