One year ago today, a fresh-faced young man sat down at his computer and started a blog. Friends, that blog was Sterne, and that young man is as surprised as anybody that it is still going. (Please note that that young man will now cease to refer to himself in the third person for the remainder of this post.)
Equally surprising is how popular Sterne has become. Yes, our readership is puny compared to that of many other blogs, but it is also regular, not to mention frequently supportive of our efforts. Years ago, when Jon and I produced zines at the rate of two or three a year, we could expect our alcholic ravings to reach fifty, maybe one hundred people per issue - a figure roughly equivalent to Sterne's daily hit count. In addition, where zine-making tends to be an isolated, drawn out process, blogging is immediate, feedback is regular, and best of all you don't have to traipse around town conning shopkeepers into stocking your product. Simply, blogging beats the hell out of zine-making on every level.
Anyway, I don't want to ramble on too much, but I - and I'm sure Jon, too - would like to thank everybody who reads and/or links to Sterne. I'd also like to thank all the bloggers on our blogroll for providing so much free entertainment. Personal thanks go to Jon for doing his thing, and to Lady Sterne for tolerating the hours I spend writing this shit, and my constant refrain of "I'll just go and check the blog."