Sunday, August 05, 2007
'Dude Where's The Beach' Turns 3 Years Old
I started this blog on 7 August 2004 while preparing for my 2nd Air Force deployment, and first deployment to Iraq. I had heard little about blogs before I came across Colby Buzzell's blog, My War. His insight was brilliant, and it made me realize how much I missed writing. Also, it was a great way to write about my experiences so my family would know how I was doing. Ironically, my family rarely reads this thing, but my close friends have always managed to stop on by, and even contribute.
This blog is still up because I enjoy writing. Haven't done much writing lately on the site, but I have been working on things I never imagined I'd do. I recently finished a screenplay and I'm trying to start a book while I'm out here, but that's a little harder because I have much less time than before. Wish the damn insurgents would tone it down a bit. But... I'm still here, still posting, and enjoying every minute of it. If I didn't enjoy it I'd stop in a heartbeat.
Even better, some great folks stop on by every now and then to say hi and leave a comment or two. It makes this thing worth it. I've also been lucky enough to meet a few of you along the way. Thank you guys, gals, nerds, geeks, and everyone in between. Your comments mean a lot to me, especially since I'm deployed now. Interaction with folks back home makes life here better.
My first post is here. Nothing exciting, but it was a start.
Thanks again for stopping by, and Cheers! Holding my Iraqi-Approved non-alcoholic beer up high, I thank you all.
Here are my stats for the past 3 years.
1 Trip completely around the world.
2 Trips to Iraq.
3 Years of venting and sharing what's on my mind. (Scary, isn't it).
4 Different blog awards or honors I've been nominated for.
5 Die-hard readers that are THE best in the world.
20+ links that need to be fixed or replaced, but I'm too lazy/busy to get to it.
80+ nations have logged on, mostly looking for photos of booze and women. (seriously)
100+ Times I've whined about how much I miss the beach, yet I'm still landlocked.
200+ Times I've had to apologize for writing something I shouldn't have written.
500+ Times the Generalisima (wife) has told me to get off the damn computer.
923 posts on everything from movies, to military, to marriage, Martians, moonbats, mayhem, misery, music, and many many many others.
3,000+ typos and counting.
100,000+ hits (although I didn't add a hit counter until March 05, the average is there)
Still looking for that beach....
posted by El Capitan at 5:01 AM
Congrats on the anniversary. You must be doin' something right 'cause we're still hangin' around here.
I have to tell you that I haven't been lookin' for booze nor women, though. LOL!
I remember I found your website in October of 2005. It's been a good run. Let's keep it!1:14 PM
Allow me to offer my congratulations as well. Your pictures from Iraq have been amazing.
Has it been that long already? Time flies when you're having fun!
Happy Blogiversary! I know I've enjoyed reading your blog for awhile now. :)
Keep up the great work!
I just come for the free samples.
...but it's still good reading. Congrats.
Not sure if you've seen this, but I thought I would share the link:
Slowly but surely...
Happy Anniversary EC...and many more.10:49 PM
Congrats, dude!11:01 AM
Congratulations on three years. Stay safe love Aunt Janet3:19 AM