Happy birthday to meeeeeeeeeeeee!
Two years ago today, ladies and gentlemen, I wrote the very first post on Midnight Sun.
At the time, I had no idea that Midnight Sun would eventually consume my life. And I could have never guessed that I would have as much fun writing a blog as writing a story or column for the paper.
Since there are (almost) no rules on Midnight Sun, I have this incredible amount of freedom in terms of style and voice. I've grown so much as a writer since Midnight Sun started.
Anyhow, enough of the boring stuff.
When Midnight Sun first launched, it was supposed to be an outlet for Baltimore Sun LIVE writers and editors. Heh, well, that didn't quite pan out like we planned. And the LIVE section itself ate the dust some months back.
But Midnight Sun continues to grow. Back in the day, I used to average about 1,000 page views a week. These days, it's more like 25,000 page views a week. In two years, I have written more than 1,600 entries and gotten almost 12,000 comments.
I love the community of commenters that has come together over the years. I remember thinking, "Wow, somebody actually reads my stuff." Because before Midnight Sun, I rarely ever got feedback on my writing.
And who could forget some of the wilder threads we've had on here ...
Remember the 'Hard times for Chris Sligh?" post? I think that was the first time GDA commented on Midnight Sun.
Then there was the infamous 'Zero Tolerance Parking' post.
I think the post that got the most hits of anything I've ever written was the one about bacon vodka.
And one of the more recent explosive posts was the sign outside Taps entry.
I sometimes wonder what the thread with the most comments is. Anybody know? Tonight, I'm going to toast two years of Midnight Sun. And again, thank you all for making it such a hit.
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