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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thanks For the Great First Year, Blogtownies!

Posted by Alex Falcone on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 10:14 AM

August marked my one year blogiversary here on Blogtown, USA, and what a year it's been! Let's take a quick trip down memory lane and consider all the reasons you're lucky to have me.

Your Comments Show Your Love
One of the things that surprised me when I looked back it at is how much the comments on my posts have changed. They're way more positive, and I'm not exactly sure how to take that. Have I gotten better or have you just slowly realized I'm not going to get fired if you tell me I suck often enough?

The worst thing is not negative comments, which I could care less about. It's when I get slammed by you and you're actually right. So once again, sorry I talked about Star Wars vehicles and called them ATATs when they're AT-ATs. You were right, nerds. I totally miss-punctuated that completely made up vehicle that doesn't exist. Really, you should have been impressed I made any effort to figure out their names instead of just calling them GIANT-ROBOT-COWS-FROM-SPACE, which is what they look like.


My Favorite Moments of Year 1
* One of my first posts was my preview of the iPhone 5 which got picked up by several news outlets as if it were real. That was fun. Rest assured, my preview of the iPhone 5s will be out soon.
* My post about fluoride had an opaque enough headline that both sides of the argument clicked on it and left comments. I especially like the people who emailed me to say I hadn't done my job as a journalist and then, when I pointed out I'm a comedian and not a journalist, actually e-mailed me back to say "Oops. My bad."
* More recently, I sent a post to Allison about centaurs and got this e-mail back:

"But they also have a full horse digestive system from the neck down. That means they eat human food, digest it, and then poop it into their horse necks like their own human centi-steeds." - this is the most fascinating thing i've read all day.

That made my day.

Some Low Points
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When I started, Steve challenged me to not have a beat, to just write about whatever I felt like. "Nobody's ever been able to do that for very long—but maybe you're special." If you want to guarantee I'll stick to something forever, tell me that I'll only be able to pull it off if I'm special. I'm still figuring out what's the most fun to write about, but I'm going to be around for a while longer. Because I'm really fucking special.

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