December 30, 2004
Okay, I jumped the gun yesterday -- forgot which day I started this blog on -- but I can now say that this blog has officially turned one year old.
As I've said, I started this blog because I'd been reading blogs for a while -- especially Instapundit, for links, and Steven den Beste, for the most amazing essays on the Internet -- and because I got annoyed that Oliver Willis, who is not-funny and not-insightful, was getting attention and I wasn't. And of course because I happened to read an article on Dec 29th or Dec 30th about how easy it was to start a blog now because of Blogger's software.
And because I'd actually met a real live blogger. She said, off-handedly, "Oh, you can read about that on my blog," and I determined at that moment that I, too, needed to be able to say, off-handedly, "I'm sorry, but I've already completely discarded that spurious claim on my blog."
Son of Nixon, it turns out, had read the same article, and he called me up to tell me he wanted to start a blog a mere two hours after I'd started my own. And boy, did we have some chuckles for a full month, as we'd just slip into conversation "Yeah, you can find that information on my blog" and then giggle like schoolgirls about it.
At any rate, Ace of Spades started out with this amazing blast in the etherspace -- a missive I like to call "First Post" -- and then the quality just got even better with this potty-mouthed reworking of Poe's The Raven.
I originally had a different schtick for the blog. I never said "I think" in the beginning; it was "We think." Because I was claiming that this wasn't a one-man operation, but rather a lavishly funded 644-man operation consisting chiefly of Gulf War special forces veterans and ex-CIA operatives, being run out of the luxurious Ace of Spades HQ corporate offices on the secret 103rd floor of the Empire State Building, all under the control of a secretive and mysterious rightwing benefactor we only knew as "Mr. Tranh."
I dropped that sometime after I moved to Mu.Nu. Trouble is, I only occasionally did anything with the schtick, and it turns out that 80% of readers didn't even know it was the schtick. They just hadn't heard of it, and they just thought I was being a pompous dick for always saying "We."
Anyway, if you read early posts and find me saying "we," that's why. I wasn't crazy and I wasn't using the royal we. I was just doing a comic riff that apparently only I and six other people even knew about.
I guess today I'll be doing a Best of Ace through the day, in between blogging about other crap. It'll be both my actual best stuff, and the most important moments in the blog-- important in terms of getting Big Links.
I won't be doing that Hey, Remember The Last Year of Blogging? thing I'd teased, because I really can't think of a lot of funny things for the Lisa Loeb Chick from Blender and Sebastian Bach to say about my site. If they never say anything funny, how can I be expected to make up funny things for them to say?
At any rate, thanks again for reading this site. It's really very satisfying to put up some nonsense and have other people read it, and occasionally even enjoy it.
Thanks to Carnivorous Conservative! ... for providing me with a new banner, which I think I'll use at least for the Blogoversary.
Posted by: Christopher at December 30, 2004 06:52 AM (SjUPQ)
Posted by: Allah at December 30, 2004 06:57 AM (Lr/Az)
Thanks. As far as one of the big moments of the site, you're one of them, of course. Mind if I mention that? You know what I mean, I think-- you originally didn't want me to say what you were doing for me.
Posted by: ace at December 30, 2004 07:07 AM (5qmzg)
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Posted by: senator philabuster at December 30, 2004 07:20 AM (yucew)
I agree about the Garamond, and the quote is kinda lost in the background a bit, but the header typestyle definitely got my attention and reminds me of the scythe in the AoS card. It works.
Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at December 30, 2004 07:23 AM (v5daR)
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Posted by: TallDave at December 30, 2004 07:51 AM (M0J/c)
Happy B-Day, Ace.
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Posted by: Carin at December 30, 2004 08:00 AM (Y2ZuE)
Best wishes for a healthy, safe, and fun 2005.
Dave at Garfield Ridge
Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at December 30, 2004 09:01 AM (mrpxK)
I'll thow in ten bucks, if Allah and Goldstein agree to cover the rest.
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