Today marks a milestone of sorts on the ol’ blog: you’re reading post number 1,000.

Well, y’know. 1,000 according to the WordPress dashboard. That includes all the Flashback Friday posts, those days where I cheap out and dig into the archives (although in my defense, the intro lines are fabulously original).

But still, that’s four digits, my friends. A number that includes a comma. Boom.

When this site launched way back in July 2008, I had no idea what the page, the content, or the readership would look like nearly six years later. Shoot, I didn’t know if there would be a six years later. And while the page looks much the same and the content’s beauty is still in the eye of the beholder, the readership has grown and gotten better with time. I’m always amazed and humbled at the caliber of people who find their way to this corner of the blogosphere, whether on purpose or purely by accident. And I’m always, always grateful for the voice that you add to the conversation.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet some great people through this medium. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from those who have left comments and those who have contacted me directly. I’ve made new friends and perhaps an enemy or two. But every single encounter has been well worth it, and every one has made me grateful for the community we’ve built together.

Writing has always been a primary outlet for me. It’s cheaper than therapy and a great way to process: whether that means processing joy, pain, or simply working through new knowledge. My goal has always been to take what I believe, what I’m learning, or what I’m feeling, and get it in black and white, knowing that a few of you are looking over my shoulder as I do so.

So thank you. From the bottom of my little ol’ heart, thank you. Thanks for every comment, for every post you’ve read, for every offline follow up conversation, and for for all the ways you’ve challenged me. Thank you for going on this journey with me.