The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 June 2004

How many of you are in the quartet?

This is just a marker, and what it's marking is the conclusion of four years of daily bloggage. (The site itself, of course, began way back in 1996, when file sizes were measured in trilobytes, but the very first of the daily updates was on 23 June 2000.)

Pertinent passage from that first posting:

[W]hile it has been relatively well-received during the four years of its existence, by which is meant that no one has sent me any live explosives just yet, the possibility of stagnation constantly lurks and occasionally even looms.

Burnout, of course, is a standard worry in blogdom, and some of my regular reads have gone on hiatus for lengths to be determined; I haven't gotten to that point yet, but considering I've worked nearly fourteen years at 42nd and Treadmill, I'm obviously a glutton for punishment.

Am I better off now than I was four years ago? Definitely. Am I a better writer than I was four years ago? I have no idea. Still, while I've got my doubts about that whole practice-makes-perfect meme — I mean, nobody's perfect, right? — I'm staying in practice, just in case.

See you at the beginning of Year Five, some time tomorrow.

Posted at 5:53 PM to Blogorrhea

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=:-o <-- the scary face I had when I read the first sentence in my rss reader

*whew* I haven't known you four years... I'll need another four years to process data. :D See you tomorrow. :)

Posted by: Deb at 7:26 PM on 22 June 2004

Dammit, Charles. I had the same reaction as Deb -- dang near gave me a coronary.

Don't DO that.

Posted by: David at 8:50 PM on 22 June 2004

That word "conclusion" seems to be spooking some of you.

At least we know you're reading. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 9:02 PM on 22 June 2004

You had me going there too, for a second! :-D

Posted by: susan b. at 12:31 AM on 23 June 2004

Your endurance is amazing, but what's even more amazing is that the product just keeps getting better.

Congratulations on four years Charles.

Posted by: Tom at 7:43 AM on 23 June 2004

"Chaz, this is an intervetion, you are among friends. We are worried about your addictive behavior and what that might mean for you and for us. We're worried you might decide to give it up and we're here to talk you out of it.

You see.. as fellow addicts..."

Posted by: bruce at 9:24 AM on 23 June 2004

Readers. The Anti-Blog.

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Posted by: CGHill at 10:04 AM on 23 June 2004

Happy blog birthday!

Posted by: sya at 3:00 PM on 23 June 2004

Bruce, LOL! That reminds me of a joke I heard or read somewhere. Comedian claimed he belonged to Alcoholics Unanimous. Whenever he thought about going on the wagon, they'd send a drunk over to talk him out of it.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:35 AM on 24 June 2004

*Hoisting a rum & coke in your general direction* Congrats on the four year mile marker. May you have many more.

Let's see, yep covered booze and writing,good to go.

Posted by: Guy S. at 7:52 PM on 24 June 2004

Congrats on the milestone.

As to whether or not you are a better writer than you were four years ago, it's hard to tell, but you set a pretty high standard with which to compare yourself...

Posted by: timekeeper at 10:14 AM on 26 June 2004