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!


  1. Azkyroth says

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

  2. Chabneruk says

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

  3. MikeJ says

    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.

  4. ManaCostly says

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

  5. Kaotik4266 says

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

  6. Alena-19-10 says

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

  7. Innerfish says

    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.

  8. says

    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!!

  9. says

    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)

  10. says

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

  11. Lndsymre says

    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!

  12. Georgia Sam says

    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.

  13. pianisti says

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

  14. Philistine Dog says

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

  15. says

    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.

  16. says

    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.

  17. Michele says

    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!

  18. says

    “…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.

  19. Lili says

    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 :)

  20. JeanB says

    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 !

  21. Arctic Ape says

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

  22. Lefty891 says

    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.

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