Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hittin' The Triple Digits!

Today is the day!

It’s finally time to write the post that I have been wishing to write for a long time!  This is the post where I recognize the milestone I’ve reached by hitting (and now going over) 100 followers and thanking all of you that have brought me to this point.  So here goes:

Way back in the early days of last September an idea was born.  My daughter Lissa had been bugging encouraging me to start writing again after a lapse of about 25 years or so. Since I had nothing better to do felt the need for a creative release, I decided to do something about it.  I had heard of blogging and thought that it might be a good place to start.  Ironically, at that time, I had never read a blog and didn’t know much about them. In fact, I wasn’t even sure if I had to pay to have one! 

Thankfully I soon met up with a blogger named Blasé from My Game...it's your move, and he explained that there indeed was a fee involved, but that he could offer me a pretty good deal that would save me a lot of money and that all I had to do is send him a check every month and he would take care of making sure I could blog as much or as little as I wanted.  With kind people like Blasé around to help me out, I was certain that I had found myself an internet home here on Blogger.  (By the way, Blasé, I am sorry it’s late, but I put it in the mail yesterday.  Please don’t charge me a penalty again, okay?  Thanks pal!)

 Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet.    --  Anonymous

While I have nothing but the utmost respect and adoration for those of you who read my blog, to the many of you that have taken the added step of following my blog and regularly reading and commenting on my rants and bloggy weirdness, let me just say how much I deeply appreciate having you with me on this journey and how thankful I am for your wonderful support and encouragement.  

I've gotten to know many of you pretty well over the last eight months and I sincerely value our friendship.  To my new followers, especially those of you that pushed me into the triple digits, you rock!  It’s so gratifying to know that people out there in the blogosphere are reading and enjoying my writing.

Along this bloggy adventure I have met lots of great people and have read some truly amazing blogs.  I have been astounded by the quality of the writing, in particular the cleverness of the humor and the insightfulness of the posts that I’ve read.  Who knew that this caliber of writing, some of which is the product of professional writers, was so readily available?  Not only that, but many bloggers post every day or almost every day and some even have multiple blogs.  How cool is that?  I’m not there yet, but maybe someday! 

“You are not a writer until a writer says you are a writer”  --  Unknown

It’s hard to believe that I have access to all these wonderful blogs for just one low monthly fee.  (Thanks again, Blasé!)   I call my blogroll “Blogs I Am In Awe Of” and that is definitely the truth.  I think everyone who writes a blog adds their own wonderful flavor to the stew that is the blogosphere.  Though some may be spicier or sweeter than others, this tasty concoction would surely be lacking without each one's subtle gift.   All of you continue to entertain, inform and inspire me as a novice blogger to strive to write gooder better and do more thoughtful and entertaining pieces.   

Thanks for setting the bar so damn high.  Sheesh!


  1. CONGRATS on making it over 100, Tgo! But do tell me what Blase is charging you, because I'm a bit suspect of him now. He claimed I'm getting a "good" monthly rate, not a "really good" one. Wait a minute!

    Onward to 200, for now!

  2. Congrats on hitting 100! A fine accomplishment, indeed. :)

  3. Way to go. I'm glad I have been along for the ride.

  4. Whoooo! And they say nagging never gets you anywhere...That was just the warm up. Now I'm gonna start pushing the book. I want a Pulitzer dedicated to moi, GO!

  5. Congrats on the triple digits! Lovely post!!

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  7. Congrats on hitting 100 (current count 104!) Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet. -- Anonymous (I assume you mean porn)

  8. "It's in the mail"

    yeah, yeah, I've heard THAT before!

    Truth be told, you and Robyn are the unique type of writers/bloggers. Y'all have that special something in your writings.

    I appreciate your recent comment over at my former URL. Btw, have you changed my new URL in your sidebar?

    Keep blogging, you probably have more readers than you know. You can't go by the number of comments....or "followers".

    Your Good, just DO IT!

  9. Wooohooo! Congrats on 100+ followers!!! Since I am new to your blog I have only been able to read a little bit of it but I can totally see why you have that many followers! Your blog is GREAT!!! Looking forward to more!!! :-)

  10. Congratulations on your 100th (and the next five!) follower(s).

    You're like a star now. Only funnier.


  11. Congrats and keep up the good work!

    I shall be contacting Blase to cut a deal. ;-)

  12. Yay! You rock, Tom. Congrats on the triple digits. I was excited when I got to the double digits, so I know you're pleased. Keep on keeping us entertained with your wonderful wit and style.

  13. Congrats on the big 100!! May you get 300 more.

  14. Well done Tom.
    Here's to the next 100 !

  15. Congratulations on hitting this milestone :)

  16. I'm glad that you didn't let 26 years go by without pursuing your writing.

    Last year I set a goal for myself to write every day. Both on my blog and on my books. Each morning I write my blog and sometime during the day Dr. Evil comes out and helps me hit a word count and a car ride is not complete without my notebook and its undecipherable scrawls as my husband and I continue to write Tales from Home together.

    Every day I do it, it gets easier, and every day I do it I find I have more to write.

    That's my wish for you, Tom. That you pursue with your whole heart what you are obviously meant to do! And that you write every single day.

    I'm glad to be part of the 100 but I suspect you will be adding a zero and then another zero to that number as time goes by.


    See you on Saturday.

  17. I am sorry to be shamefully late with my CONGRATULATIONS!, but it is given in all honesty. Your blog is always a joy to read and I am sure all the others here agree with me about us being lucky you had nothing better to do when you started writing. Keep on keeping on! :)

  18. Congratulations, Tom! You are a great writer and I always enjoy my visits to your madness. Here's to the next 100 followers!


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