(You can blame Freakonomics for introducing me to the term "bleg.")
Well, the blog is one year old as of yesterday - it's hard to believe that it's already been a year since I started posting about whatever happened to interest me as a way to clarify my own thinking, generate ideas, connect with friends and strangers, and try to contribute to the greater public discourse in some small way.
I've had a great time writing this blog, and I plan to continue to do so for the foreseeable future! According to the sidebar, I've posted 268 articles thus far. There's a lot of great stuff back there in the archives, so if you're relatively new to the site or only visit occasionally, check out the archives or try out the search button and see what you find. I even browse my own archives sometimes and am occasionally surprised by my own past posts! I remain particularly proud of my Wedding Week posts, so be sure to check those out, if you haven't yet.
Obviously, I'm not a professional blogger, and I don't write this blog to make money. I tried putting up ads for a little while to help cover some of the costs of running this blog (yes, this blog requires resources other than my time, which I happily donate), but the ads didn't bring in any meaningful sum and made the place as gaudy as the Vegas strip, so I took them down.
Nevertheless, I'd rather not be in the red as a result of this blog, so I figured I'd go the NPR route and take the blog's birthday as an opportunity to invite any of you all out there who feel so inclined to donate "whatever amount fits your budget," to quote Steve Inskeep, if you value this blog and want to help me pay the bills for running the site.
The best way to contribute is via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org (since PayPal doesn't charge fees for a simple transfer) - but if you don't have a PayPal account, you can donate with any credit card via the Support button on the right.
Whether or not you're inclined to donate to support the site, I am deeply thankful for the support you show me through your readership, comments, questions, insights, disagreements, criticisms, and general engagement.
Thanks, everyone, for a fantastic year - and I look forward to another great year of blogging in 2012!
-The Angry Bureaucrat