Today marks a milestone I honestly never thought I would see. It was 5 years ago today that this blog was launched. Five years! When this idea was born back in 2007 as an amusing side project, I never expected it would grow into what it is today. I assumed apathy, cease and desist order or lack of anyone but my mom reading this would spell the end of the blog. But here we are 5 years and 674 posts later and it is still going strong. I know some of you have been with me since the beginning and quite frankly I’m impressed you lasted through over 600 posts. Particularly when the majority of posts contained spelling errors, incoherency, bad jokes or some combination thereof.
It’s been another very good year. Here are just a few of the highlights:
- Nominated yet again for the Canadian Blog awards
- Joined the world of Twitter (though its likely a debatable point of whether that was a good thing or not)
- Had an article written about me in the Inside Green section of the Leader Post
- Welcomed Prophet Jr. to the world.
- And of course… made the front page of the Leader Post on Labour Day!
People sometimes ask me what’s next for the Rider Prophet? Well I’ve been pitching a cartoon series staring me but that seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Literally… I pitched it to a deaf producer and forgot to bring any visuals. Didn’t go so well (also may have had something to do with the fact that I’m pretty he was able to read my lips when I made an offhand Hellen Keller joke). Also, my pitch for a tell all autobiography hasn’t generated quite the interest from publishers that I was hoping for. I guess that means I’ll just keep on posting my overly biased/stereotypical football commentary and exploiting my 4 month old son for gambling purposes… I’m living the dream.
Traditionally the 5th is the wood anniversary. As is a recurring theme every time this anniversary rolls around, I will not be accepting any gifts from Man in the Bush for fear that he misunderstands the intent of this. Though keeping with the tradition of the wood anniversary (and in honour of Independence Day in the states) I will pay homage to both occasions by hitting Media Consultant in the head with a 2x4 Hacksaw Jim Duggan style. Hooooooooooo!
I’ll end by thanking some people who make this so enjoyable for me even after 5 years.
- My staff. What they lack in tangible contributions to the company they more than make up for in … errr… well I guess you get what you pay for.
- The folks on the Rosemont Game Day bus.
- All the people up in Section 206 (including the best dame game day host at Mosaic) who not only put up with us at every home game but encourage our tomfoolery.
- This inanimate carbon rod
- And last but not least you my dedicated readers. I’d especially like to make mention of my readers from outside Saskatchewan I know I’ve got a strong following in Alberta and around Canada, the US and, as I just found out recently, fans from as far away as Hong Kong.
Thanks for 5 great years and hopefully many more great ones to come.