At some point in the past day or so, the odometer on this site clicked past a magical milestone: 200,000 visits.
Well, technically, we probably passed that marker a while back, but I didn't start tracking visits till just over a year ago. Either way, exciting!
If this site were a car, I'd probably have to think about trading it in. On the other hand, if this site were a car, it would probably be an old-school Volvo, so at 200,000 clicks it'd just be hitting its stride. But I digress. And given that Blogger doesn't seem to be allowing some folks to comment these days, perhaps my Volvo analogy shouldn't be scrutinized too closely. Let's move along.
For a while now, I've been looking for an opportunity -- not that I should really need one -- to say a few things. I want to tell you all how flattered I am that you come here, and how enormously honoured I am every time I learn that someone has added me to their blogroll or otherwise linked to 50 Books. I want to tell you how much I appreciate everyone who takes a few seconds or minutes to post, whether it's a comment on a book or just a note telling me you've dropped by. I read every single comment you leave, and I wish I had enough time to respond personally to each one.
This site means a lot to me. It's the first time I've ever tried to order my thoughts around the books I read, and this is a (no doubt narcissistic) exercise I've come to really enjoy. Plus, I can finally remember the plots of books I've read a whole six months ago! Unprecedented!
Most importantly -- and unexpectedly -- I've found an amazing community of likeminded readers. When I started this blog almost a year and a half ago, thinking it would just be a list of the books I'd read, I hesitated over whether to allow comments. My first thought was, Who the heck's even going to find my site, much less post on it? And my second thought was, What if people do find my site, and they're crazy? My misgivings were unfounded. If any of you are crazy, you're the best kind of crazy.
I've been around this ol' internet for a long time, and my throat closes up when I think about how proud and moved I am that one of the nicest, smartest groups of people I've ever encountered online is a bunch of characters I met right here on my own site. As much as I love writing my posts for you to read, I love even more reading your funny, intelligent, thoughtful replies. There've been times -- especially during the long, dark, wet winter when I was confined to the house all day with young Master Sam and duelling head colds -- when you all saved me from me from certain insanity. You may not realize that you did, but you did.
I consider you all friends, lurkers and non-lurkers alike. May the Great Librarian give you all the books you've ever desired, and all the time in the world in which to read them.