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Birthday Greetings

NineA milestone is coming our way, and for once I can make note of it before it arrives. As of tomorrow, Scrubbles the weblog will have been on the www for nine years (the domain was registered later that Fall). It’s hard to believe that I’m still scribbling away at this thing for that long. A kid born the same day as this weblog will now be nine years old. Huh.

Well, what can I say? Thanks to everyone who has stuck with me throughout the years. I’m a veteran enough to remember when the community was a loose free-for-all of ideas. I read a lot of different blogs, noted and linked to what I liked, and others linked to me in return. It was fun. Then a movement arose to make weblogs be “about” something (remember warblogging?), and I stubbornly stuck to just writing about whatever old crap took my fancy. Now we have insular segments of bloggers who stick to one subject and only link to other bloggers sharing the same m.o. I salute anyone who can do one thing and do it brilliantly and with passion — but having never gained a foothold in that world, I miss the old community.

Sorry to be a bummer, and I apologize if this weblog isn’t quite the exciting hive of activity it once was. There is a bright side. As long as there are quirky old cookbook illustrations or forgotten movies to write about, I vow to keep plugging away here.

11 Thoughts on “Birthday Greetings

  1. 9!! How about that! I’ve been doin’ it for four and feeling pretty old (for a second or third or fourth generation blogger). But what’s in a number, eh, gran’dad? ;) Keep scribblin’.

  2. You’re not the only one who misses the old community, and plenty of us are glad you’re still at it. Congratulations!

  3. Brad In Worcester on July 10, 2009 at 11:17 pm said:

    Happy Birthday, Matt!
    Your site was the very first blog I’d ever encountered (or second actually– I think I found out about you from the folks over at “House of Fun”) and I’ve lurked and sporadically been honored to chat with you every so often through the years… I still check in to what you’re up to at least twice a week!
    My door is still open– come visit with Chris the next time you guys are in Massachusetts!
    Your fan, Brad

  4. Christopher on July 11, 2009 at 9:31 am said:

    Stop pining for the fields, and keep your face forever turned toward tomorrow (except when we rent old movies, of course). Happy anniversary, HBSP! :-*

  5. Happy blogiversary!

  6. Happy blogiversary! I hope Scrubbles sticks around for a long time because it’s one of my favorites.

  7. I just hit five years blogging and that feels like a long time to me. Congratulations on nine, and keep up the good work.

  8. Sure, I’m a little late — but many happy returns of the day on your ninth anniversary. Nazeltov!

  9. Congratulations, Matt! It’s a wonderful thing to find someone else out in the world who likes the unusual, off-the-beaten path stuff that you do–and to think you write about it to share with the rest of us. Thanks! I owe my gratitude because it provided us the chance to meet and become friends. Happy Anniversary!

  10. Wow, thats a long time to be blogging, congratulations.

  11. A belated congratulations, Matt! If Scrubbles was a kid, he’d be smoking by now. Most other blogs are still in diapers. Keep the posts comin’! Looking forward to the 10th anniversary special extravaganza with very special guest stars! Oh, and I’ll try to drop you an e-mail within the next few days.

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