Happy Severely Belated Blogiversary to Me!

My how time flies when you’re having fun. I completely forgot that my 3 year blogiversary was at the start of this month. December 2, 2001 is a day that will live in infamy. The day that I started my blog with a simple announcement that briefly outlined my goals for the site. That was the only entry I posted for the entire month and my second entry in January reveals that I hadn’t a clue what I was going to talk about after all.  The first real entry that gave a hint of the mayhem that was to come is also still my all-time favorite. I posted it on Monday, January 28th, 2002 and it was called Crimes and Misdemeanors. It’s all about profanity laws and my tendency to violate them regularly.

I started off with by editing the page by hand and then quickly moved to using a simple Perl script known as Coranto (aka NewsPro) to handle the back end until finally discovering MovableType and settling on that for the next couple of years. The blog’s name has changed twice since then. I don’t recall what the first name was—probably something stupid like LES’S HOMEPAGE—but the second name it had was Wandering Randomly Amongst The Blogs which was, in retrospect, a very stupid name that at one time I thought was exceedingly clever. The third name is the now familiar Stupid Evil Bastard  which I switched to on April 14, 2002. Spending a little time this morning looking over those early entries I’m struck by a couple of things: First is the almost complete lack of comments most of the entries back then got and second is how much my content has improved since then.

As I type these words the stats for SEB stand at:  2,706 entries with 21,397 comments, 639 trackbacks and 428 registered members. This past November we had 85,924 unique visitors that made 145,867 visits to SEB viewing some 768,305 pages resulting in 3,504,296 page hits consuming around 20.61GB of bandwidth in the process. That’s not counting the bots, worms, and other similar traffic.

Not bad for a random yahoo who shoots his mouth off too much. I must confess that seeing the numbers is pretty amazing to me. Someone recently referred to me as being an “A-List Blogger” and that came as a total surprise to me because I still view myself as just this guy with this website who writes about random topics he’s interested in as they happen to catch his attention. I’ve met a lot of great people over the past three years and have gotten to know some of them pretty well in the process. It’s odd to say it, but some of the best friends I’ve got are people I’ve never met. Not sure why, but three years feels like a big milestone to me. Perhaps it’s because I’ve seen so many other folks grow tired of this hobby and the challenges it brings and fold up shop while I continue to find it both enjoyable and worthwhile. Hard to say, but I’m looking forward to the next several years of causing trouble.

14 thoughts on “Happy Severely Belated Blogiversary to Me!

  1. Let me be the 1st to say

    SEB has been one of my “A-List” blogs since I found it back back back when Democrats still thought they had a chance to beat Shrub and Howard Dean was just starting to figure out how to read his email smile

    Not only is SEB well written and well commented (for the most part smile ) you are a HUGE help to the EE community …

    In a word You Rock (ok two words)

    cool grin

  2. Happy blogiversary Les!
    This is my favorite site on the web.
    I’m wearing my Stupid Evil Bastard t-shirt right now!

    PS. I still think you should put up a PayPal donate link so we could help you out some.

  3. In a way I feel cheated because it took me so long to find this site.

    The best thing about your blog is the variety. Most blogs out there seem to me to be political, and as such they usually just hammer away at the same points time and time again.

    SEB hits all sorts of topics, and the author, and many of the folks who comment intelligent, well-spoken, and some times well-behaved people.

    It’s a pleasure to read, Les, and I look forward to at least three more years.

  4. Happy bloggingday to you, Les!  Just to celebrate, I’ll put the SEB romper on the StupidEvilBaby (before she grows out of it).

  5. Jeff said: ..and many of the folks who comment intelligent, well-spoken, and some times well-behaved people.

    You better not be referring to me, bub.

    Good work, Les.  Keep it up.

  6. What DOF said!  😀 Congratulations, and THANX!

    SEB is the ONLY blog I wake up every morning wanting to read, and the only one I’ve made the effort to comment on.  It’s my island of sanity in the midst of an otherwise-insane life. LOL

  7. Same here and I couldn’t imagine my life without you. (Did that sound pathetic?)

    Keep up the good work, froggy. *air kisses too* er, uh… *grin* Yo my man, way to go! Hella good site, dude. And uh, well you know…Rawk on! > lml

  8. I absolutly hate blogs, find them pointless and crude. So, Les, it must be saying something when I religously view this site every day.

    Keep up the good work. Also, does anybody have a clip of that Canadian talk show when Les was on?

  9. *throws confetti and pops balloons*

    Well done, Les. And may you have many more…I can just see a 99 year-old Stupid Evil Old Bastard smile

  10. I can picture it now: Sitting at my keyboard in a rocking chair waggling my cane at the monitor and screaming, “HEY YOU KIDS! GET THE HELL OFFA MY WEBSITE!”

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