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Dec 17 2010

1,000th post!

And to celebrate, I’m going to go meta-blogging on you.

I can’t believe this is the thousandth post I’ve written at Blag Hag. If you estimate a half hour spent writing each post, that’s nearly 21 days of my life I’ll never get back.

Just kidding, of course. That’s time well spent. I started this blog mostly out of boredom, but now thanks to it I’m a published author, speaking to groups (even internationally!), and have people who actually call themselves fanboys and fangirls.

I’m still not quite used to it – the last bit especially – since it has happened so fast. I started blogging in March of 2009, and I still see myself as a random opinionated student with an internet connection. It’s bizarre that a year ago I was the one fangirling over bloggers like PZ, Hemant, and Greta, and now I consider them all friends and “colleagues” – as much as atheist bloggers can be colleagues.

But – forgive me for being cheesy – I couldn’t have done it without you guys, my readers. Thank you so much for reading, sharing, commenting, showing up to meetups, and supporting me through sweet emails (even though I don’t always have time to reply, I swear I read every one with a huge grin on my face). And thank you for hanging in there when I say something stupid – blogging is my way of thinking out loud and learning about myself, and already when reading older posts I can see how much I’ve progressed.

I’ve always had a passion for writing, but never felt like anyone would care about my work. You proved me wrong and are helping make my dreams come true.

And since this suddenly got too sappy, have a silly photo:I was playing Pictionary with my friends, and the word was “blogger” – so they drew me! (Yes, the name was written after the clue was guessed, rule freaks.) A perfect likeness, as you can see.

Anyway, feel free to celebrate in the comments. Or at the very least, if you’ve been lurking, say hello!

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  1. 1
    Azkyroth

    The chalk drawing is a decent likeness, but I’m wondering where your other hand……oh. Carry on. :P

  2. 2
    Keely Chaisson

    Congrats!

  3. 3
    Azkyroth

    Err, yes, that too. ^.^

  4. 4
    Chabneruk

    Congratulations! Here’s to 1000 more posts from you!Still reading the Atheists Guide to Christmas… ;)

  5. 5
    Azkyroth

    I’m curious now. Is a half hour per post a reasonable estimate? O.o

  6. 6
    Jen

    Why, do you think it’s an over or underestimate? Curious.

  7. 7
    MikeJ

    Great news, you! Now that I think of it, I can’t believe I consumed so many posts :). So, I guess that makes you a delicious cake.Still waiting for you to get that cat!PS. The resemblance is uncanny.

  8. 8
    ManaCostly

    I place my first here on your 1000th post. (after finally disabling flashblock and allowing a whole bunch of cookies xD)

  9. 9
    kjell fostervold

    Congrats!Is there gonna be cake?

  10. 10
    Wayne Colvin

    Love it! ^_^

  11. 11
    Kaotik4266

    Congratulations! Here’s to another thousand! *applauds*Also, that’s an average of nearly 50 posts a month. Quite an impressive feat!

  12. 12
    Krakonos

    Guess I should say Hello then. And congrats of course. This is a great blog. Keep going!

  13. 13
    Doug

    way to go, Jen! :)

  14. 14
    Diatryma

    Hello! :DCongratulations and greetings from across the pond (Berlin, Germany). Happy Holidays!

  15. 15
    EnglishAtheist

    Well done and congrats!

  16. 16
    Alena-19-10

    Hello, and more Greetings from Germany.I guess we like to read about sane people in the US for a change ;-)

  17. 17
    Sarah Certa

    Congrats Jen! Now that you’re celebrating 1,000 posts, you know you have to write another 1,000, right? :)

  18. 18
    BeamStalk

    Congrats Jen, and remember I was the first reader you met in real life outside of your friends and rule because of it!

  19. 19
    Gaga

    Ciao! :p

  20. 20
    Jimbo

    Congrats Jen!

  21. 21
    Ani Sharmin

    Hello! Congratulations on your 1000th post.

  22. 22
    Innerfish

    As a serious lurker, I want to congratulate you on your 1000th post. I’ve kept up with your blog daily almost from the beginning and look forward to reading it for many years to come as you progress in your career as a biologist. I’m in Memphis, Tennessee, home of Elvis, BBQ and mega churches, and thought you might get a kick out of how we in the bible belt debate one of your favorite topics: http://www.commercialappeal.co…Anyway, keep it up, and I hope to hear you speak one day down in the South.

  23. 23
    Bob

    Very strange! I open my RSS reader and see two posts labeled “1000th Post!”. Cakewrecks in 1000 today too! http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com

  24. 24
    Sandisan

    Hi, Jen! Long-time lurker here. I never commented on it, but your post on coming out as bisexual was one of the best things I’ve ever read. I have a similar bent and I really could relate to your story. I love your writing and I love your no-nonsense attitude. Congrats!!

  25. 25
    Vanessa

    Woohoo! Congrats.Also, I drew that! =D

  26. 26
    David P.

    Hello from lurkerland. Congrats on 1000th post!

  27. 27
    SuperHappyJen

    That stickman is the perfect likeness of you. I’d like to state for the record that I started reading your blog a month before boobquake, so I knew you when. :) I’ve been blogging since 2004 and so far I’m not as famous as you, but then I write about my life and my kids, and those apparently aren’t hot topics in the blogosphere.This comment is too long (sorry). Love your blog!Jen (no relation)

  28. 28
    Azkyroth

    Under would be my guess, from my own experience writing in other venues. O.o

  29. 29
    BEG

    Looks like you and CakeWrecks are both celebrating 1000 — thought it had doubled up on me for a moment. Congrats!

  30. 30
    Lndsymre

    Happy 1000th post! I’m afraid I’ve only been around since Boobquake, but I’ve read every post since then (and many old ones, too. =] ). Here’s to another thousand!

  31. 31
    Gus Snarp

    Congratulations!

  32. 32
    Glendon Mellow

    Congratulations, Jen! Love reading your blog. Found my way here through Almost Diamonds a while ago.

  33. 33
    Georgia Sam

    Congratulations, Jen! I discovered your blog when “boobquake” went viral, and since then I read it every day. I love both the content and the style. Keep up the good work.

  34. 34
    pianisti

    Hello from Finland, Scandinavia! I read everyday You, PZ, RD and WEIT, keep your good work, and happy holidays to you! -Pianist

  35. 35
    Philistine Dog

    Hello Jen, I’m a constant lurker. Enjoy you’re writing and perspective. Good luck with the next 1000!

  36. 36
    Jen

    I’m a very fast writer. My longer posts may take around an hour, ones with moderate commentary around 30 min, and ones with minimum commentary (look at this funny comic!) around 10 min. Occasionally I’ll have some that take way longer – usually when I’m reviewing something or recounting a trip it takes a couple hours to write. But yeah, for my average post 30 min seems about right.

  37. 37
    Jen

    You are! And I have become significantly less awkward about it since then :)

  38. 38
    Jen

    Ha, a great blog to share this milestone with.

  39. 39
    BeamStalk

    Well, when I eventually make it up to Seattle, we can finally get a picture together. Or if we catch each other at some other function first. Of course, I will get my picture with Jason first in Seattle.

  40. 40
    Michele

    I’m a lurker and I love your blog. It has survived multiple RSS cullings. Congratulations on the 1000th post and keep up the good work!

  41. 41
    Jeff Sherry

    Great work Jen. We need more rational Hoosiers.

  42. 42
    Three Ninjas

    Aw, you are such a sweetie heart! We should all three of us take a picture together, holding the snuggie octopus (and maybe kissing).

  43. 43
    Three Ninjas

    “…have people who actually call themselves fanboys and fangirls.I’m still not quite used to it – the last bit especially…”That’s why I call myself a groupie.

  44. 44
    BeamStalk

    And cuddle?

  45. 45
    Three Ninjas

    Oh hell yes. I would give up my left heart before passing up a chance to cuddle with you!

  46. 46
    BeamStalk

    You complete me.

  47. 47
    Three Ninjas

    Oh thank God, I thought you were trying to kill me. #batmanjokes #getit

  48. 48
    The EGE

    I’m about a week away from a thousand posts myself. Though, I’ve been blogging since June 2008.Congrats!

  49. 49
    Adam Steele

    Well done, Jenn! Congratulations from all of us Freethinkers at Kent State University.

  50. 50
    matt

    Hello.

  51. 51
    Lili

    Hey Jen, congratulations! I’ve only been following since boobquake and it’s still been a wild ride, so I can see that a lot has changed for you. You’re a great writer and you tackle some great topics, one’s I’m not used to hearing discussed at home, so I love to lurk here. I’m looking forward to your future posts :)

  52. 52
    JeanB

    Hi Jen. I have been pointed to your blog a year ago by PZ, and followed you since. You are in the top 10 entries in my google reader list. I thouroughly enjoy following your thoughts and your adventures.So a big hello from Montréal !

  53. 53
    Gideon Hamlett

    Well congrats Jen! You have an excellent blog that is a joy to read!

  54. 54
    Svlad Cjelli

    I won’t trust it until I taste it. ¬¬Heh, 1000 posts.

  55. 55
    Arctic Ape

    Congrats, you’re an effective person. I’ve probably spent three weeks just reading your archive and writing a few comments :)Arctic Ape

  56. 56
    Lefty891

    Congratulations, Jen. I have enjoyed your blog for lo these many moons. You always seem to have something interesting to say, even when it’s not.

  57. 57
    Deanna Joy Lyons

    Hello! Keep up the good work!

  58. 58
    Ian Andreas Miller

    Macte virtute esto!

  59. 59
    Chris Mattson

    Hey Jen, keep up the great work!!I eagerly await the next thousand and can’t wait to meet you when you come to Minneapolis in the new year!~Chris

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