Happy Birthday to Murdoc…and he survived the Ides of March.
Three years ago I decided to stop sending my friends and family unasked-for emails about military stuff and politics and instead try my hand once again at my own web site. Two previous attempts, short-lived and rather pathetic, had gone down in flames.
It took ten months of daily posting (and often multiple posts per day) to get my daily readership above 50. And I don’t want to know how many of those 50 were my brother.
Today, daily readership (visits, not page views) hovers around 2,000. Not bad at all if I do say so myself. Though still just small beans compared to many, it’s a far cry from MO’s humble origins.
In the meantime, I’ve had the privilege of being invited to write at Defense Tech and Winds of Change, two of the sites that inspired me so much in my early days of blogging. That’s pretty thrilling for an Armchair 2nd Lieutenant like ol’ Murdoc. Just yesterday I was part of the initial edition of the Military Transformation Uplink at Winds, which was quite an honor in itself. My posting on the XM8 assault rifle led to a magazine article in Shooting Sports Retailer (that actually paid money!) and the potential for more.
Last and certainly not least, I’ve made many great acquaintances over the past three years. That is a very rewarding aspect of this hobby. Some are going to be present at the MilBlog Conference next month, and I hope to meet them face to face.
So I’d like to express a great big “Thanks!” to all Murdoc Online readers. And double that to those of you who link and comment and send in tips, suggestions, or corrections. You guys are the best and without you MO would fail.
God bless America and God bless our men and women in uniform. Without them, America would fail.
And remember: If you’ve had just half as much fun reading MO as I’ve had writing it, then I’ve had twice as much fun as you.