I passed 10,000 hits on my website yesterday, which totally made my day!
And that’s not me — or someone else — hitting the “refresh button” to run up the score. (I know this because I’ve tried, and believe me, this is a good thing… Otherwise, I’d spend half my day hitting the refresh button working hard to build up my fragile ego…)
Now granted, many of those 10,000 hits came from some of the same people. (April Snellings, Embattled Farmers, T. W. Dittmer, ekimp252, Phillip McCollum, and Gus Sanchez to name a few (plus many other friends who don’t have blogs and lurk anonymously but aren’t tracked by the wordpress site statistics — from which I lazily yanked this info.) But despite my regulars, this still means I have this neat little cyber hang out where me and my friends gather and talk about stuff, and others drop by pretty regular.
And best of all, for whatever reason, you all keep coming back! Maybe it’s because I’m on the edge of being a total train wreck and you’re just waiting for the crazy, funny meltdown. So, you’re just here to nab a quick screen capture when it happens. That’s okay. I’ve laughed at some serious meltdowns myself. I’m probably due one, but I’m getting off the point.
What I like to think is that at least a few of you, well, sort of, kind of, you know, like me. You find me funny. (I hope.) Or you think it humorous that I’d threaten to pistol whip one of America’s most revered Generals, as I claimed I’d do in my first post ever. Quote:
I’ve got ambition that would make Patton fall in line and shut his stinkin’ trap. (And if he didn’t, then I’d grab one of those damn unauthorized pistols out of his holster and slap him across the face a few times.)
Or, maybe you find it humorous I go bat-shit crazy over veteran issues, such as when I sort of went off the deep end on a simple movie review about a movie that really shook me…
Or, maybe you just love that a businessman who eats ambition and goal setting breakfast, noon, and night would fall in love with such a guy as this:
Or, maybe you connect with my deep-ass side of me that’s all serious and philosophical, like when I wrote this post…
Whatever it is, I really appreciate all the friends I’ve made on here. You all really do feel like family, and if we were together right now, I’d buy you your beverage of choice. Actually, probably two. I’m celebrating after all!
But seriously, I really, really appreciate all that you all have done for me. Your friendship. Your encouragement. Your companionship. Your support of my dream.
So, thanks, which sounds a little lame, but what else can a man say? And call me crazy, but I’m about certain I’ll meet a good deal of you in my travels to come. We’ve just shared too much the past year or so not to!
And remember this: You all knew me when no one believed in me. There will be many more to come (if I’m lucky), but a man will never forget who had his back when having his back wasn’t easy or cool.
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give, a book I believe to be worth $10,000.
P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. Thanks to your help,, Little Man, and the Dixon County War has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here)! And my second novel, Sold Out, has also done well, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here)! Thanks a million to my awesome friends, and if you’ve stumbled on my blog, you can learn more about both books here.