If I could, I'd put a cake in front of The Corner and smear icing all over its face.
But alas, I cannot.
It's been quite a year. I'm not sure what I expected was going to come of all of this when I posted this little number on June 7, 2010, other than it would get me back in the habit of rounding up words like cattle and depositing them into the word pen.
Needless to say, things have gone better than I ever imagined. I made a bunch of new friends, I got a bunch of new readers, I signed with a literary agent, and I published a book. And for a short time in October, I was probably the most famous lawyer that no one had ever heard of.
I do love the statistics, so I'm going to stick a few in my trusty stat cannon and shoot them across the bow of the Internet.
Posts: 58 (including this one)
Blog Hits: 51,442
Number of Times My Videos Have Been Viewed: 1,952,737
Number of Times My Videos Have Been Viewed by My Mom: 1,952,716
Number of U.S. Presidents I Stayed in Same Hotel With: 1
Number of First Dogs I Scratched Behind the Ears: 1
Number of Copies of Wall Street Journal Article Featuring Me That I Purchased: 6
Number of Copies of Aforementioned WSJ Article I Know The Current Location Of: 0
Number of Tweets I've Sent: 950
Number of Books Published: 1
Number of Times I've Checked My Amazon Sales Rankings: Infinity + 1
So there you go. A little taste of the number-crunching that goes on here at The Corner.
And last but not least, I'm going to do that cheesy "it's my birthday, but I'm giving away the gifts" thing that you always see the cheap furniture discounters doing on television.
Ten random commenters who post a comment before midnight tonight, will get a coupon code for use at Smashwords.com to download their very own copy of The Jackpot for free. Smashwords carries formats compatible with all e-readers. Your comment can be about anything at all, but you must include the best book you've read or best movie you've seen in the last year. Please -- don't let me look all sad-faced and leave me hanging with fewer than ten comments. All my blogging friends will make fun of me.
OK, so that's all for now. It's been an amazing ride, thanks to all of you guys, and I hope you'll stick around for the year ahead.