My 'Dashboard' tells me that this is my 500th post. In some ways, that doesn't seem like a very significant number, as I am sure that some bloggers are onto their 50,000th post (time to log off and go for a walk). In other ways, I started this as a lark - not really knowing what to do or say. Over time, I discovered that sitting down and writing about various issues is a pretty good mental exercise for me. In terms of comics, I have actually been able to look at them with a much more critical eye - since I am forced to put my feelings into actual words. The process of trying to come up with new topics and themes has also given me an even greater appreciate of the scope and depth of the comic book world. In addition, I think I love Steve Ditko even more than I did 500 posts ago.
Sadly, finances have forced me to become a net seller rather than a net purchaser in the past few years, but that's all part of the process. I am still holding onto the things I love the most, and I am lucky to live in a time when so many old stories are being collected on a regular basis. To those of you who stop by here on a regular or semi-regular basis - I thank you. My stat counter tells me that daily readership has increased more than tenfold over the last two years, so that's pretty cool. I had more visits last month than I had in my first year and a half. If you have any tips or suggestions - I'm all ears, as the dialogue/comments are what I enjoy the most about this blog.