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This Is My 1,000th Post.

So I just clicked on the “publish” button for the 1,000th time since I started 101 Books on August 30, 2010. (Here’s the first post.)

Other than waking up, breathing, and going to work, I don’t know if I’ve done anything else that many times over the last four-and-a-half years—much less something that requires my attention five days a week.

I’m not patting myself on the back here. Honestly, I’m just surprised. I genuinely can’t believe I’ve published 1,000 posts. 

Even though I knew reading all these books would take this amount of time, while balancing my other responsibilities and interests, I probably subconsciously believed 101 Books couldn’t possibly last this long—and that’s mainly because of me.

When I dive into something, like a new project or passion, I tend to REALLY dive into it. I go all in quickly and can become even obsessive at times. Just ask my wife about my recent discovery of the Trivia Crack iPhone app.

Because I go in so hard, though, I also tend to burn out quickly. Then it’s on to the next thing.

So, I guess at some point, I probably believed this whole project might never see itself to completion. I’d eventually get tired of reading fiction, or get tired of writing about reading fiction, and this blog would fade into oblivion like so many others.

But here it is, still kicking, and going stronger than ever.

What’s the key to the blog’s longevity?

You guys. You see Gatsby up there in the featured photo. He’s toasting you! Have a drink.

I don’t want to sound trite, but it’s true. Sure, it takes some discipline and idea generation and all the stuff I’ve talked about before. But knowing that someone out there other than my Mom (love you Mom) is reading has always been a major motivator.

I’ve said this before—I’d like to think I would’ve made it this long with a few dozen readers. But, if I’m being real, that’s just not true. It would be disingenuous of me to actually say that.

Knowing people read is one thing, but you guys also comment! You engage. You always have something unique and interesting to say.

I hardly looked at 101 Books over Christmas break. I scheduled the repeat posts and truly took some time away from the blog. When I pulled my blog dashboard up over the weekend, I was shocked to see how many comments you guys made—on repeat posts no less!

You’re awesome, and I can’t thank you enough. I’m glad you found this little tiny corner of the interwebs, and I’m thankful for our shared passion for books and all things literary.

There’s simply no way I could’ve ever clicked “publish” 1,000 times without knowing you were out there reading. Thank you.

So here’s to 1,000 more posts! I promise to only make fun of Virginia Woolf in 100 of them. Just kidding…maybe.

I’ll keep posting, and you keep reading. Deal?

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  1. 1,000 sounds amazing. Congratulations!!

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    January 9, 2015
  2. Sam #

    Trivia Crack is really addicting. I tell my husband that he’s on my ‘team’ when I play.

    Thanks for posting this blog. It’s been a great way to engage during my time blogging.

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    January 9, 2015
    • It’s aptly named, for sure. Thanks for reading!

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      January 9, 2015
  3. Congratulations. Committing to something like a blog with such regularity takes a great deal of fortitude and determination. You should be very proud of your achievement. My daughter would approve your Gatsby toast (her favorite book) and so appropriate for a book blog! Thanks for sharing your special talents with the rest of us.

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    January 9, 2015
  4. Wow the big thousand! Congratulations!

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    January 9, 2015
  5. That’s a feat in itself. Congratulations…

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    January 9, 2015
  6. Congrats on making it to the 1000th post! I will keep reading for sure. 🙂

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    January 9, 2015
  7. Wow. I mean REALLY WOW. Congratulations. It only goes to show you that you build a house one nail at a time. I’m glad you’re here and I look forward to your posts.

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    January 9, 2015
  8. Congratulations!! Thats amazing!!!

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    January 9, 2015
  9. Congratulations on 1,000 posts (and all the reading)!!

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    January 9, 2015
  10. Enjoy! 🙂

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    January 9, 2015
  11. A massive feat! Congratulations. Your blog is incredibly entertaining, I’m glad you’re letting us into your journey.

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    January 9, 2015
  12. Congratulations! This is one of my favourite blogs.

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    January 9, 2015
  13. Congratulations! I love your blog. Keep posting! I have around 93 posts over the past two years and I thought that was a huge accomplishment!

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    January 9, 2015
  14. Congratulations! This is a very inspiring blogging achievement, and your blog is always a joy to visit.

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    January 9, 2015
  15. moosha23 #

    Deal! Congrats on 1000 posts (!!!) and I look forward to reading more of them!

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    January 9, 2015
  16. Wow, quite a milestone – Congratulations!!! I have enjoyed many of your posts and plan to keep reading as long as you keep writing. Deal? Deal!

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    January 9, 2015
  17. Quite a dedication and a determined effort.. 🙂
    congrats and cheers!!
    best wishes
    Rosalyn:)

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    January 9, 2015
  18. Congrats–and such a perfect image to accompany the announcement! 😀

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    January 9, 2015
  19. Deal. I’ll keep reading and you can make fun of Woolf as much as you want. Cheers and here’s to 1000 more posts!

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    January 9, 2015
  20. I think you should include giving your wife and children your attention much more than 1,000 times over the past five years. 😀

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    January 9, 2015
  21. Deal. I’m exactly like you, all in, then burn out, usually. I’m approaching 200 blog posts over 3 years and thought that was amazing, but like you, only in the context it is me writing!! You are so correct about the feedback being important, which is why I’m telling you, keep writing, I’ll keep reading!

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    January 9, 2015
  22. Alison's Wonderland Recipes #

    Congrats! And to think I was excited when I passed my first blogging anniversary last week. Four and a half years is AMAZING! 🙂

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    January 9, 2015
  23. Congratulations Robert!! What an awesome achievement. I hope you ( and yr Mom) feel proud- you certainly should:-)

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    January 9, 2015
  24. Great way to start off 2015! One of the bright lights of the web…

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    January 10, 2015
  25. Congrats Robert!!!

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    January 10, 2015
  26. I love your blog is fab well done you got a fab blog

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    January 10, 2015
  27. BJL #

    That is how you kick off a new year! Congratulations on your 1,000th post. Being able to keep going with a project (and doing it well) this long is a great accomplishment. I look forward to the next 1,000!

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    January 10, 2015
  28. Congrats!

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    January 10, 2015
  29. Deal!

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    January 10, 2015
  30. Congrats! Here is to many more posts 🙂

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    January 11, 2015
  31. A happy Life #

    Congrats! Thats great! Well done 🙂

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    January 11, 2015
  32. Ruth Fox #

    101 Books is the only blog I read. I first looked it up out of curiosity, because I’m always looking for ideas for new books to read. I keep coming back because of the interesting and honest way you review the books, plus all the extra fun facts stuff. Glad you kept going!

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    January 11, 2015
  33. Congrats! I can’t believe five years is coming up fast and 1000 posts seems like so many (almost double what I’ve done in roughly the same time :-D).

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    January 12, 2015
  34. Liz #

    Deal! And congratulations. I don’t usually comment but I always read.

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    January 13, 2015
  35. ScoopBrown #

    Congratulations, what a mammoth achievement! Keep up the good fight of highlighting the value of reading a good (and sometimes crap!) book.

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    January 15, 2015
  36. Congrats, of course on 1000 posts. That’s simply amazing. I fear for my blog in the same way that you did in the beginning. I blogged for a long time, and when I stopped I missed it sorely. I tried a couple of times to get restarted, but not having readers and not knowing when those readers were going to make their way to my corner of the internet is daunting.

    I notice that you’ve replied to a good portion of the comments left on this post, which is amazing. Not only are you posts awesome and draw readers here, you interact with those readers. Excellent job!

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    January 21, 2015

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