I'm not really one for spending a lot of time patting myself on the back. When it comes to this blog, I view it much like I view a lot of things, feeling it's better to keep my head down and continue moving forward, rather than trying to draw attention to what I've already accomplished. Having said that, the 1000th post is a fairly significant milestone, so I feel like I should say something.
The first thing I should say is that the number 1,000 is actually a bit meaningless. When I first started Reason Patch A Day I would post a couple of patches at a time, and occasionally I still sneak an extra patch into a post here and there. So, I can't really say that I'm celebrating 1,000 patches when the actual number is a little higher.
Nor can I say that I've put up 1,000 posts. Posts where I've highlighted the music of my readers, which are some of the most fun for me, aren't given a number because they aren't patches. I don't number my occasional editorial posts either, so like the number of patches, the number of posts is actually a bit higher than that 1,000 number.
Still, there's something in our brains that seems attracted to large, even numbers like 1,000. So, regardless of what that number should be or what it might actually mean, I guess it is cause for celebration. And, perhaps more importantly, its a cause for thanks.
So, after 1,000-ish posts and 1,000-ish patches, my thanks go out to you, the reader. I would have stopped this strange experiment a long time ago if it wasn't for the emails, comments, reader contribution patches, songs, unsolicited praise on forums, and support I've received along the way. So, thank you everyone for making Reason Patch A Day a destination on your internet travels. Whether or not you realize it, your gentle, sometimes unspoken nudges over the past few years have kept me going, so thank you!