Friday, June 18, 2010

It was 20 Years Ago Today

Ok, it was actually 5 years ago today….

And, if we are going to be precise about it, it will be 5 years ago next Wednesday.

That’s, right. On June 23, 2005, I first decided to put pen to paper (er, fingers to keyboard), and started up the worldwide phenomenon known as “Slydesblog”.

I honestly cannot BELIEVE that I have been doing this for a half-decade.

I’ve seen so many blogs come and go during that time. So many blogs that I absolutely loved, which had rabid followings, just one day crumble up and disappear. Usually the reason given was that the author was just “burnt out”, which, while a reasonable excuse, always baffled me. I mean, if you enjoy doing something, but are getting burnt out by doing it too much, then just do it less until your mojo comes back.

That’s what I usually do with masturbating, and its seems to work out pretty well for me so far, so I would think the same principle should apply here.

But seriously, I love this hobby, this pastime, this addiction, more than I thought I would when I started out those 5 years ago. It has enabled me to vent, to rage, to explain, to make people laugh, and most of all, to just yabber on about whatever has popped into my head.

Back when I started this blog, it was really just a spot for me to put up pictures of the fam for relatives who lived in other parts of the country. Then, once in a while I would write a post about something. Pretty much no one was reading it, but that was ok. I was able to get my thoughts ‘out there’. It wasn’t about the readers.

Then, a funny thing happened. People started coming here and reading my drivel. Slowly, in trickles, but they read. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I was quite tickled when the first few strangers from the interwebs showed up and took the time to read what I had to say, and comment on it. It was amazing to me to think that this site could be used as a vehicle to connect me with people all over the country, and all over the world.

But, that’s exactly what happened. In the past 5 years I’ve made some incredible friends through this site. We’ve exchanged comments and private emails. I’ve given some lucky Canadians some Lost Dvd’s, and I’ve been sent some very heartfelt gifts in the mail from people who I wouldn’t even recognize if they ran me over in the street.

I’ve even received some nude pictures from some of you. Those are always much appreciated. Rest assured that I don’t think less of you once I have seen you naked. On the contrary, I think much more of you. Please don’t stop. After a while, I press the photos into my scrapbook with some dried rose petals and a spritz of Chanel Number 5.

It’s quite romantic, really.

Sorry, I seem to have derailed myself. Where was I?

Oh yeah, my 5 year web anniversary.

Anyway, I’d like to do something special next week for my milestone. I say “I’d LIKE to”, but as always, my biggest enemy is my incredible laziness, so we’ll just see how it goes.

I am going to try to go through all my old posts this weekend, and try to pull out some of my favorites to re-post for next week.

I’d also LOVE to have some guest posts next week from you fine, sexy folks. It could be long, short, or just a quick ditty to tell me about how sexy I am.

Tell ya what? I’ll post ANYTHING that you guys decide to send me. I’m easy that way.

I fully realize that asking you guys to write something could be considered like doing homework, and most of you will choose not to take up the task. That’s ok, too. I know that I’ve been asked a ton of times to write something for someone else’s site, and I think I’ve only taken up the challenge once or twice. We’re all busy, I get it. But if you DO send me something, I promise to post it, and I’ll give ya some props and linkage. I’ll put my email address in the comments.

That’s about it, I guess. I just wanted to thank you all for giving me five years of fun and friendship, and for giving me a reason for getting back to making a practice of WRITING.

I’m glad I’ve met each and every one of you.

And I’d like to bang a few of you, too.

No, not you.


Slyde said...

if you want to email me, send what you got to apedone at optonline dot net.

And dont send me a virus, or i'll never fantasize about you ever again.

so there.

sybil law said...

I will not be doing a guest post for you, half naked, spelling out your name around a fire.
That is SO last year. You missed that wave.
I seriously suck but HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I am super glad to have found your sexy ass. :)

sybil law said...

(I almost said, "I am super glad to have come upon your sexy ass", but that just sounded way too wrong.)

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary!

I've only been here for a little while so I cannot contribute to the repost this club buuuut I think I will be laughing myself silly reading the re-posts.

You're hilarious and honest and I hope that you don't fizzle like other bloggers... and I hope you see a lot more anniversaries.

Here's a cyber high five for you (",)*

Nej said...

The day I'm finally able to get back online and start reading (and getting some posts ready to go) is the day you talk about blogs you read drying up. Creepy. :-)

So...congrats (a few days early) on the five years! That's awesome!!!

Dr Zibbs said...

Well I'm glad you're still blogging. It is true and sad how some of my favorite blogs went away.

And tell your work to fix it so you can read my blog there. Three other people told me the same thing recently.

Verdant Earl said...

I think you doth protest too much there at the end.

If you are gonna re-post some of you old stuff, how about some of the things that were written by that B.E. Earl character? Easily the best stuff you ever posted.

Suzi Q said...

Happy Web Anniversary!

Slyde said...

sybil: whenever you talk dirty like that to me, an angel gets his wings (and i get a chubby)

paula: *high fiveing you back*!

nej: i was wondering where you have been off to lately.

zibs: i know i know... its pissing me off. i can read your stuff in my reader, but i cant comment. i guess thats what happens when you finally hit the big time.

earl: im thinking about it.

suzi: thanks!

Heff said...

Is this actually considered "Writing ?"

Hell, who knew ?

Congrats on 5, and YES - I'll take you up on the sex.

P.S.- I "pitch".

Slyde said...

heff: whew! lucky for me that i catch!

SK Waller said...

How would I get through my week without the laugh I can always count on, reading your blog posts? Doesn't matter what you write about, there's always that one gold nugget that makes me genuinely Laugh Out Loud.

Thanks for five years, Slyde!

Slyde said...

steph: awww, that was very sweet. I heart your blog too!

Marlene said...

Five years?!!!! Holy crap!!! You're my hero!!! I've had my blog for about five MONTHS, and I thought I was doing ok as far as this longevity thing is concerned.

By the way - did you HAVE to advertise Bertucci's pizza on here? I'm seriously hungry now!!!!!

Slyde said...

marlene: yeah, i saw that add too. I'm not sure what the hell i wrote that made THAT pop up...

Unknown said...

Slyde, Congrats on the 5 years. You and Earl were among my early role models when I got started 2 or so years ago. Mine's evolved into a very different type of blog than yours, but you continue to give me inspiration.

Thanks and all the best.

Slyde said...

mike: While its true our blogs have become quite different, your perseverance and the sheer volume of the work and posts you do each week blows me away. thanks for the thanks!

Ally said...

Happy 5 years and thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following you now...

Actually I grew up on LI and moved into NYC in 2001. My family is still there, but Babylon was a world away from the Franklin Square area.

Cocaine Princess said...

Congratulations on your blog-a-versary! 5 years is awesome. The reason I started blogging is because I love to write and it was a place to jot down my thoughts etc. and no one was reading my blog in the beginning either. I use to read your blog after finding your comments
on Bruce's blog but never commented, it wasn't until you left a comment on mine that I did.

I enjoy reading your posts, your writing style is great and your sense of humor makes me giggle. Keep up the super work!

P.S. Your post labels to your entries are too funny.

The Invisible Seductress said...

Congrats!!! To the hottest man in the blogosphere and.. BEYOND,,yond,,yond,,yond

(I hope you used your best echo voice sound effects with that or it would just seem silly)


Slyde said...

ally: we're even closer than you know. I grew up in north valley stream, right next to franklin square. its where i went to high school.

cocaine: thanks! its funny, but i read you for ages too before i started commenting. i forgot where i first found you though...

seductress: the echo TOTALLY did it for me..

Brittany said...

Happy Blogaversary handsome! :)

Heres to another 5... or 50! :)

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Happy 5th! I'm glad I stumbled across your site!

Vinomom said...

IT's weird cuz I actually have no idea how long i've been blogging. Due to poor choices on my part I've had to switch around a little bit, but I would guess I'm around 2+ years

Congrats on 5 - and I like what you said about being burnt out. I will not deny when I was blogging really regularly I enjoyed getting those random followers. But I got burnt out a bit and post much less now - so I'm cool with the few people I have still read.

Rest assured though - you are one of my faves - and I love that you don't post daily. Gives me less to catch up on!!

Artful Kisser said...

Congratulations on hitting 5 years - impressed with the stamina ;)

Lifeofkaylen said...

You are one of the hottest bloggers I read!
Five years is significant! I might actually send you something to post if I can make the time for something else would be fun to join in!

I'm not sure how I found your blog, but I am grateful that I did. I am also grateful you don't post every day, as I just don't have the time to check in every day and I fo sho would not want to miss a You are wonderful and amazing (just like you tell us you are!)


Chris H said...

Congrats on 5 years of blogging... I am coming up 3.8 years... and love it too.
I have no idea how I found your blog... but I SUPPOSE I'm glad I did... you make me smile fairly often, even if it's just cos you are full of shit !

And I won't put me hand up to do a 'guest post'... I really don't have anything riveting to blather on about!

AlleyCat Runs said...

Hey! Where did your leave a voice message thingy go!!! Was gunna sing you happy anniversary, but it'd gone......

Happy Anniversary Mate. Cheers to the next 5 years :0)

Slyde said...

brit: 50? ouch

evil: ditto, sister!

vino: yeah, as a rule you will never see me daily. I might actually do daily reposts this week, ironically enough, but probably never after that.

artful: my stamina has always been my strong suit...

kaylen: If you write it, they will come (er, i will post it, i mean).

chrish: 3.8 years and you probably have about 6 times as many posts as me :)

Alley: holy crud, you r right! I hadnt noticed it was gone. i'll have to investigate that...

meleah rebeccah said...

WOW! Happy 5th Blog Anniversary!

Bruce Johnson said...

I have just found it amazing that it has taken you five whole years to slowly step out of the closet into full blown 'Gay-dom'......way to go Slyde!