Queue the streamers and cake, this place has been around for one full year as of today. That’s right, on July 16, 2005 NoahBrier.com was brought into this world. For those of you that remember those early days, the design was very ugly and the writing was far more random than it is now (I hadn’t fallen into full-fledged geekdom yet). In the 365 days since this page has gone through quite a bit:
Redesigns: 2 (this is NoahBrier.com 3.0)
Entries: 315 (which include more entries than I care to think about on the topic of RSS)
Comments: 406 (there are a fair amount of poop jokes in that count I think)
Trackbacks: 19 (that number only comes after erasing the 2,000 others about poker)
Time Spent: No comment (for real, I can’t even imagine)
In all seriousness, though, I really do want to thank everyone who has read this page, made a comment (even if it is about just how boring this place is), emailed me a suggestion or anything else. Knowing that there are people out there that enjoy my writing and thoughts is a powerful thing. It pushes me to write more and consider issues more deeply than I might otherwise. I feel as though I’m a far better writer than when I started this exploration and I couldn’t have gotten there if there weren’t people to support me. For that I thank you all.
It’s been a great year for me personally as a result of this site. I can only hope the next twelve months work out as well as these have. This site has helped me land jobs, meet interesting people and grow as a thinker. To anyone considering starting a blog, look beyond the hype and backlash and consider it for what it is: A place to keep track of thoughts. It has become a kind of addiction for me. Knowing that I have an outpost has forced me to consider things for their worthiness on this site and has sharpened my skills in innumerable areas.
Again, thank you all and if you’d like to take a trip down memory lane, check out the recommended section of the site. It includes some of what I believe are the best entries to come out of NoahBrier.com.
I hope to see and hear from more of you over the next twelve months. If you haven’t ever made your voice heard, leave a comment or get in touch with me, I’d love to hear from you.
That’s it, I’m on my out for a birthday lunch (not really).