Some people are too modest to do a post like this, but I'm not: today marks one year since this site went public. It actually was created a few months prior to that, back in March of 2004, I think, with a couple of posts that I would wind up deleting eventually. After it sat in limbo for a while, I figured I should either get serious or delete the damn thing and forget about it. Settling on the former option, I committed myself to writing here for one year, which seemed to me an arbitrary but not entirely meaningless goalpost. Many, perhaps most, sites die out before reaching that mark, while those that do get to it seem to have demonstrated . . . I'm not sure what. That the author has too much time on his hands, I suppose.
So while I would have preferred to reach this date with more of a bang than a whimper, we've arrived nonetheless. I've appreciated the little push or bit of discipline that having MK has sometimes provided - knowing that I've stated online that I will go to X or read Y has often provided the spur to make sure I did so, instead of staying on the couch. And I've been very gratified by many of the responses I've received in the form of comments, emails, and links (not all, of course, but we won't dwell on the exceptions now.) The conversations that have ensued, whether in private or public, have been a source of great pleasure to me - undoubtedly the most satisfying aspect of running MK, and thank you. Has the broader response been all I wanted? Well . . .
As you can see, we were doing ok for a while. And it looks like we're going to wind up July with only the worst month of this calendar year and not since two or or three months after going public. If you're reading this now, my words aren't directed at you, so let me say: bastards.
Anyway, with 647 posts (less if you omit poems, quotes, and one-liners) and 764 comments (probably half by me) in the archives, what's next? Well, we've got exciting things on the horizon for Modern Kicks! No, not really. The choice comes down to drifting along as we've been doing or pulling the plug, same as it was a year ago but with the novelty gone. There are a couple of things I might want to do with the site, but none are terrible compelling. And writing is a pain in the ass. If having the self-imposed obligation to post has been a spur at times, I can't say that it's driven me to do anything particularly substantive. Given the medium, perhaps that's to be expected. Inertia will probably ensure things keep going just as they have been, at least for a while. But maybe not, I haven't decided.
But in any event: one year, whoo hoo. Thanks for visiting, I do mean it.
UPDATE: While I didn't write the above intending to fish for compliments (hence the closed comments), thanks to all who have sent emails or posted regarding it. The fact that it's obvious I don't handle anniversaries well aside, I would like to make some small clarifications. One, I have no present intentions to shut down this site (although the possibility of that happening is real.) It's more that, having reached the end of the period I promised myself I would see through, a reassessment seems in order. Second, while no one would bother having a site like this if they didn't want to be read, the comments above regarding traffic were meant as a sort of self-deprecating joke. As I said, I'm very grateful to everyone who's visited and read anything here.