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5 Years of Avitable and the World Hasn’t Ended Yet.

Today’s post marks five years of blogging for me. 1,700 posts. 40,000 comments. One million visitors. When I first started blogging, Blog Explosion and Battle of the Blogs were two ways that people found out about new blogs to read. People rented out space on their sidebars for blogs to rent. You had to use Blogrolling to see which blogs were updated, or you could just click through to each blog in your blogroll each day to see if they wrote something new. Everybody still hated Dooce. And most of you weren’t around. That first year was when I started reading some of you, although the exact dates are fuzzy.

I consider many people who I’ve only known online to be my friends. They’ve proven to be so by being there via email, phone, IM, or just through their comments, and the fact that I haven’t met many of them in person in no way detracts from the quality of friend that they are. I’ve made many friends through my blog, and while not all of them have remained friends, I truly feel enriched through the sense of community that blogging creates, through the comments, the posts, and the feeling of belonging to a group. To something bigger.

Through TequilaCon, ConFab, the upcoming BlogHer, my Halloween parties (don’t forget to sign up for the mailing list if you think you might want to come!), and random bloggers’ visits to Orlando, I’ve had the chance to solidify the connections I’ve made online by seeing the three-dimensional person. The fully-fleshed personality behind the blogging voice. And I relish every opportunity to do so.

In the last six months, it seems like Twitter has been a crutch for lazy bloggers, which has led to less blogging and less commenting. It feels like it’s led to shorter attention spans, post ideas boiled down to a tweet, and a transition from a small community to being lost in a huge crowded conversation. Yet, while I see the benefit of Twitter, blogging will always be what keeps me online.

Originally, I wanted to plan something huge for my fifth-year anniversary and have a week-long celebration, but I didn’t have the time. So I have to compress all the awesomeness into one post. And what better way to do that than with a contest with an actual prize? This is to thank each and every one of you who took the time to comment, to email, to communicate with me in some way. For each of you who read the words that I write every day. For those of you who understand that this is just one aspect of my personality and of who I am. For anyone who has gotten to know me.

What’s the prize?

An 8GB iPod touch!

What’s the contest?

It’s very simple. All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me one thing that you like about blogging. That’s it. Oh, and wish me a happy anniversary of five years blogging!

The contest is open until Saturday, June 20th, at midnight EST. After that point, a random number will be drawn and the comment corresponding to that number will win the iPod Touch.

Good luck!

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455 Replies to “5 Years of Avitable and the World Hasn’t Ended Yet.”

  1. Hilly

    Blogging…I love the interaction with others and the friendships that have formed as a result of it. Plus? I like taking ordinary things and turning them into stories and stretching my writing legs even though I have NO desire to write a book.

    Oh and…Happy Blogiversary, you.

  2. Faiqa

    I love having a platform to express myself. I love being able to interact with people I would normally not have had the opportunity to meet. I love reading about people’s lives, learning to care for them, and discovering how much they can care for me. I love the connectedness.

    I love that it brought you and I together again and gave us a second chance at having the friendship we should have had in the first place.

    Happy Anniversary, my dear friend Adam, I always look forward to reading *and* seeing you. You’re one of the best parts of my day, and I love you lots.

    Now give me my iPod, fucker. πŸ˜‰

  3. Dave2

    It would be hard to narrow down to just one thing I like about blogging. I like that I have a record of my travels and thoughts so I can revisit them from time to time. I like interacting with people who think the same as I do on things. I really like interacting with people who think differently than I do on other things because there’s always something to learn there. I like being creative and finding ways to amuse myself and others. I like having one slice of time each day which is spent doing something just for me. I like sharing my opinions and bouncing ideas off my readers.

    There’s just so much that makes it all worthwhile.

    But, above all, it’s the people I’ve met and will continue to meet. It’s being able to travel most anywhere and know that I have friends there. It’s about never being alone.

    Congratulations on five years! I look forward to many more.

  4. Mik

    Happy anniversary, yours is the first link (then Dave2’s) I click everyday to check out your latest post.

    One thing I like about blogging is you can always find someone who has an even more inane, zany sense of humor than yourself.

  5. Kiefer and Emo

    I don’t care about the contest. I’m glad we got to know you. Keep the trinkets.

    But to your point about blogging currently; it’s changing. It’s changing and blogs are going to do different things as time goes on. Currently I’ve caught people in a nexus in that I post fiction and many times it’s taken as fact because it’s in first person. It’s a sad little trick but it’s not really meant to be a trick. I wanted something different from blogging and instead of waiting for something I’m just going to go there. There will always be room for the personal blog, the 21st century Erma Bombeck, salve for the continually needy, and the rant. But the internet culture demands speed in it’s evolution. The internet war against Scientology’s fraud and abuse has informed the current internet rebellion in Iran as the rebellion there skirts around repressive government controls and blockages to electronic media. All power to the chans.

    But blogging needs to also evolve. We called that six months ago.

    In the meantime we can’t wait to see you in July when you come to the city by the lake.

  6. Shash

    What I love about blogging is the ability to find like-minded (and sometimes not so) people in the blogosphere. I find I have many an Ah-HA! moment reading blogs. It has been a Godsend to me, on so many levels.

    I also enjoy the meeting of blog authors too. I have found some of the most amazing people to ever enter my life here on the Internet. Hell, I found my husband on it 15 years ago! (so it can’t be ALL bad!) I found you and Britt too, and THANK GOODNESS for that and the fact you guys live so close! We need to hang out more though. Jus’ Sayin’. πŸ™‚

    Happy Anniversary, Adam! Keep on continuing to make us think, laugh, and debate. Thank you.

    xoxo

  7. Chris

    Only 5 years? I would have sworn that you’ve been blogging since the internet began in 1927. What I love about blogging in the interaction. How else would I have been able to meet you and see your balls… Well not so much the balls thing is a love, but yaknow…

  8. usedtobeme

    I like blogging because it introduces me to new and different view points, crazy animal sex, train wreck drama and new people. Even if I am afraid to meet them in person. Happy 5th Avi. Keep it up and never remove the dancing Avitable. I use it periodically when I need to smile.

  9. Petunia

    I love being able to write things about my experiences that would never translate as well in person, and have people get it. I feel that my friends and family know me better through my blog.

    Plus I get to read about your fear of pooing in public toilets.

    Happy anniversary!!

  10. Breigh

    Hey congrats!! I just had my 5 year anniversary last month too πŸ™‚ I miss the days of blog explosion etc, it still exists but it’s not the same. I also miss IT2M, even though you tore me to bits I still loved that place (and you πŸ˜› ). I wish they’d come back.

    My reasons for loving blogging have changed over the years. In the beginning it was just a way for me to vent because I was desperately unhappy here in NL. After a while it became a place for me to talk about my struggles trying to adapt and deal with the things that came along with the depression (weight gain etc). Now, I’m in limbo a bit. While it’s still (and probably always will be to some extent) a struggle here at times, for the most part I’m pretty happy. I don’t want one of those blogs that educate people on NL, there are enough of those around and I don’t care. It’s sort of turning more into a general life blog, and I feel like the things I write about don’t match the description of the blog of what it once was. Now I blog just because it’s fun to talk about whatever comes to mind, and get other people’s opinions on things too.

    I also love the people I meet through blogging, although at times I’m often envious of the blog cliques like you / hilly / miss britt etc because I don’t have that. Other than me and DutchBitch, there’s not really much over here in regards to bloggers I wanna hang out with and we haven’t even managed to meet up yet!

  11. Zanthera Degore

    Happy 5th aniversary of blogging one of the most entertaining ones around! Many more years to come I hope as well.

    I have been into blogs for about 5 years now. Who do I still read? You, Britt (when not on a time out, she’s like a pitcher of frozen lemonade that wasn’t stirred and every once in a while you get that last glass and takes a while before you unpucker,) Mr. Fab if he gets back maybe or I missed something, and a couple of other’s I got to know personally.

    I have yet to meet anyone one of them yet but I do agree with you they are just as much of a friend as one in real life. Sometimes even more.

    I don’t like Twitter much but one thing I like about it it has weeded out the crappy blogness and left the true shining and going on strong.

    I love a blog because it’s where one can talk and people can choose to listen. I hate talking unless I have something meaningful to (at least me) to say. That and I tend to be on the shy side. Commenting is the same. I can talk and not have to worry about people being forced to hear me out unless you want to pick a fight. I can be quiet too without being judged. People online understand better there are some underlying issues and shouldn’t jump to conclusions when one is quiet.

    Blogging you learn a lot like not having a friend host your blog. When things go wrong it goes bad. After being at “free” blogging service (started to lose enjoyment in blogging with it) I got me another .com and loving blogging my own once again. It’s not northernbound.com but I hope I can live up to that blog.

    With Heart

  12. Lynda

    Okay, mister, if I’m going to help you with that reputation of you being an asshole, like we talked about, you gotta stop doing all mushy sentimental stuff like this that makes me say, “Awwwww, Adam is such a nice, sweet guy!”

    There is so many things I love about blogging. I love that my friends are in my computer, but there is a flesh and bone person out there willing to meet as well. I love that if I have a problem or feel fat, or think there is something funny on my nose I can write about it or post a picture and my friends will comment and say I’m wonderful, and that’s the biggest zit they have ever seen on a nose. But most of all, I love that there is that outlet for me, and for someone who has a hard time making friends, blogging is an avenue that has helped me to form and cultivate friendships, even if I am a little quiet at first when I meet the actual person.

    And I haven’t met an axe murderer who wants to kill me yet, so that’s all good too.

    Happy 5th anniversary, and mine comes up soon too. Though, I think it’s 4 for me.

  13. Kelley @ Magnetoboldtoo

    The best part about blogging? The fact that I count some of my best friends, the people that I go to FIRST when I need a shoulder or want to share something fucking HILARIOUS, amongst those that live in my computer.

    Who would have thought, 20 years ago, that a chick in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the ocean, would know what you look like naked?

    Happy Anniversary. I wanna be you when I grow up.

  14. witchypoo

    Kelley made me say the best thing I like about blogging is that I got to experience her awesomeness. Frankly, I’m afraid of her. Did you SEE those stilettos?
    Happy fifth anniversary! It proves you can do something you love for five years! Go you.

  15. ed

    i really do try and read everything even though i don’t comment a lot.

    the one thing i love about blogging is the people i’ve met. even if i haven’t met in real life. like you, i consider them my friends and family.

    i met my wife on the internet, though blogging. it was on livejournal. that was my first blog. if i had to, i’d do it all over again. my life is better from blogging. i wouldn’t change it for the world. its helped to make me who i am.

  16. Vic

    Happy anniversary. I too remember the days of keeping up with blogrolling, and even before that, clicking on each and every link. God how google reader has changed my life!
    I guess the greatest thing about blogging would be meeting my husband through our blogs. Of course I have to say that or he’ll be mean! lol

  17. Rachel

    Happy 5 years of blogging I love the feeling when I see my friends update and comment and know that I am not alone in a lot of the stuff I am feeling and dealing with. It’s therapy w/out paying for it.

  18. Jennifer

    I started blogging some …er…4 years ago, I liked to vent. A lot. I had some anger, was stuck in a small backwater town with no real way to connect to people, so I used blogging to meet new people, interact with grownups and learn. I’ve learned a LOT since I started. Lots about myself, and everything else in general.

    Oh, and happy blogoversary!

  19. LeSombre

    Wow. Congratulations on 5 years. If you were married to your blog, it would be your wood anniversary. Hehehehe wood.

    One thing I like about blogging? To me it’s the continuation of what I was doing when I was 14 years old. Every day I would write in a personal journal – really it was just some electronic files on my personal computer at the time – reflecting on what I had done at the hospital during that day as the youngest licensed doctor in the country. Good times.

  20. Samantha

    First, happy anniversary of five years blogging! Though I never comment (shy) I’ve been reading your blog every day for some time. One of my first memories and no doubt one of my favorites is the dance off between you and formally Mr. Fab. OMG that shit still makes me giggle, uncontrollably. Actually, I remember your wedding website from way back then too. Anyway, it’s been a while and I have loved most every minute of it – the sex toy and mayo about did me in. I’m just sayin’. Thank you Avitable for rocking the blog world. People like you are why I love blogging.

    ps just in case that random picking thingamahgig would choose me, please pass me by for a loyal commenter. I’d feel like a dirty whore.

  21. Lisa

    My blog is all sad and unknown but what I like about it is that it’s my own little space to get my work out there. It’s about the possibilities. Who knows who just may stumble onto it and like my work? I dig that.

  22. kapgar

    Well, the world may not have self destructed as a result of your blogging, but it certainly isn’t the same as it was five years ago. Nude self portraits, Avitaween, exploitation of your employee… the list goes on. If nothing else, you have certainly made a mark on the world, my friend. Happy five years.

    Me? I like blogging because it gives me an outlet for talking about what’s going on in my life and receiving feedback on it from people I’ve come to trust quite a bit.

  23. Valerie

    Happy 5th! I read one blog and it’s yours. I love the range of topics you discuss, your good grammar, and how your true self comes through in the posts. I enjoy blogs because there is a pressure to update and keep the posts fresh and interesting. It makes people creative.

  24. Functionally ReTodded

    Happy Blogaversary. Thank you for the multiple times I’ve seen your nutsack.

    My favorite thing about blogging (not including the inverse proportionality of the amount of time i spend on it for the paltry number of readers I have) is the times that someone comments and like what I wrote. Whether they laughed, cried, or just thought twice about something.

  25. bubblewench

    What I love about blogging, is people like you. Funny, warm, but really satan in disguise. Nah… only joshin.. But seriously – it is the connections we can make with each other.

    Happy 5th Anniversary! Here’s to 5 more! πŸ™‚

  26. lauren

    happy anniversary, you are cool even if you aren’t Denis leary’s cousin. And I like reading you becaue you have no boundaries, you will go ANYWHERE. And I totally want to win the touch.

  27. Robin

    Happy anniversary to you! Happy anniversary to you! Happy anniversary, dear Adam! Happy anniversary to you!

    I love blogging because I’m really slack about writing snail mail letters and calling people, and even writing e-mails regularly, but it allows me to keep in touch with people I care about and make new friends. I love the communities that blogging inspires and supports. And I particularly love your blog because you make me laugh and help me maintain a healthy perspective on life. πŸ˜‰

  28. Functionally ReTodded

    Happy Blogaversary. Thank you for the multiple times I’ve seen your nutsack.

    My favorite thing about blogging (not including the inverse proportionality of the amount of time i spend on it for the paltry number of readers I have) is the times that someone comments and like what I wrote. Whether they laughed, cried, or just thought twice about something.

  29. Cissa Fireheart

    Happy 5th Anniversay or Blogiversary! May you be here for many more years. I am glad I found your blog!

    My favorite thing about blogging is being able to say whatever I want, even if it’s just pouring my heart out or getting my thoughts straight. The concept of a “diary” online to share with the world was what drew me to blogging in the first place. My blog is the place where my thoughts and ideas can be truly “heard” by all.

  30. Maria

    Are you sure the world hasn’t ended? I’m pretty sure you caused Obama to get elected, which is a sign of the impending apocalypse according to the people picketing the state fair last year…just sayin’.

    What do I like about blogging? I get to be a narcissist, in a realm where NO ONE can give me shit about it, because they’re all either voyeurs or narcissists themselves.

  31. Paticus

    Well, happy anniversary and congratulations on 5 years of blogging, sir!

    What I like about blogging ?…It’s all about me…Me…ME!!!!

    Heh, heh. Just kidding…I guess i just like the Tinker Toys.

  32. Karen

    Happy 5th anniversary! I’ve only been blogging for 5 minutes. I’ve read blogs for years and finally got my own little space recently. I love that it gives me something all my own. A place to be myself without inhibition.

  33. bo

    Happy anniversary to an exemplar of the blogging community!

    What do I love about blogging? The freedom of it. I write what I want to write. People read if they want to read. They comment if they want to, or they don’t. I can choose how I write my blog and to what degree I want to be affected by my audience, or lack thereof. There’s the freedom to go beyond the blogosphere, to meet some of these people (and, in some cases, hire them) and see who they are beyond the words they employ. And you know what I’ve discovered? Unlike poets and authors, unlike actors and personalities, bloggers are more frequently than not the people they represent themselves to be. Somehow the freedom of blogging engenders a level of honesty (not in everyone, but in most whom I’ve met) that no no other medium or expression allows. It’s really quite amazing, surprising, and most of all, re-affirming.

    Here’s to another 5 years (and more!) of witty, irreverent, irascible, insightful, crude, and just damn honest blogging. Well done, sir. Well done.

  34. melodyann

    Happy 5 years of blogging, Adam…

    Blogging… well it’s like therapy. You write, someone listens, sometimes they respond… Occasionally it all about the attention you want, most of the time, it’s all about getting the stuff that’s INSIDE of you, OUT. Where it can’t eat your guts like a fat lump of parasites.

    Did I win? Did I?

  35. Howard

    Funny, I was coming here to wish you happy anniversary without even knowing about a contest. Contest! That’s what I love about blogging!

    Well, that and the fact that it’s a creative outlet as well as cathartic.

  36. Robin

    Dude, you totally stole my thunder. I hate you.

    But onto more important things. What I love about blogging is that you learn so much about yourself, it’s like cheap therapy.

    Happy blogaversary!

  37. PocketCT

    I have an iPhone so I don’t want to be in the contest but I do want to tell you that you make me laugh, usually in the morning while drinking coffee and the combo makes great danger for my laptop.

    I love your cartoons.

  38. Karen Sugarpants

    Happy Anniversary to a great guy. Don’t worry I still haven’t told anyone how awesome and sweet you are. Oops!
    One thing I love about blogging is that no matter what you write about, there’s always someone who relates to you. The support I have received over the years has turned into some beautiful friendships and I’m so happy to know the people that I met through blogging.
    Oh man, it’s one big sappy lovefest in here today…

  39. Sarcastica

    Oh goodie! I so want one of these…to bad my luck sucks lmao.

    Okay, first off; HAPPY 5 YEARS! πŸ˜€ I was gonna wish you that anyway. You’re one of the “blogging elders” in my eyes, so yay for five years!

    Now…what I love about blogging is the fact that I can be myself here. I can express what I feel, how I think, what I want, and face less judgment from my “real life peeps”. And I’ve met a lot of really awesome great people through blogging, and the overwhelming support and love they’ve shown is so amazing. I love how in our blogging community, people pull together to help out another friend…even if they’ve never met that person. We all take care of each other, and it’s awesome. I love having friends like that, who aren’t afraid to be there through difficult times. I find that in “real life”, a lot of people avoid you if something difficult is going on – like Nolan in the hospital for instance, a lot of my “real life friends” didn’t want to talk to me about it. Or acknowledge it. They didn’t wanna hear how I was feeling and any time the subject came up they’d brush it off and tell me everything would be okay, and I knew it would…but I still needed somewhere or someone to talk to about it…and that’s where blogging and this community came in.

    So ya, that’s my piece πŸ™‚
    Awesome idea by the way!

  40. Sybil Law

    So I’ve been reading you for 2 or even maybe 3 years now?! Wow! Time flies when the posts are entertaining!!
    Happy 5th Blogging Anniversary! I know the time it takes to blog even one post, so I am impressed that you’ve been doing this for 5 years! You da man. Really.
    I think what I like about blogging is definitely the sense of community. I didn’t expect to find that, but I did, and I am completely grateful. It’s kinda restored my faith in humanity. Well, most of the time, anyway. πŸ™‚
    <3

  41. cat

    Congratulations, Avitable! It’s been a pleasure reading you over the years. Here’s to many more…

    I think I blog because it serves the same purpose as a diary for me- an interactive diary. I don’t have the discipline to write in a normal diary regularly. Putting it online makes me more accountable (to my very small readership) and thus ensures that I’ll actually write something at least once a week. And sometimes when I’m writing about things that I’d perhaps only subconsciously think is very therapeutic and helps me clarify my thoughts and ideas, which is invaluable. I’m sure there are other reasons- fun to stay in touch and keep friends posted on what’s going on, etc., but I think that’s the main idea.

  42. B.E. Earl

    Congrats and Happy Bloggy Anniversary!

    5 years. Very, very cool. I don’t know if I found our blog through one of the very cool people who comment on your blog, or vice-versa. Either way I am glad I did because you have helped me truly expand my blogging experience. Thank you for that.

    One thing I love about blogging? I’d have to say the outlet. Not really for ranting or anything personal, because I don’t really use it as a journal of my life. But I often come across something interesting while surfing the web late at night and the immediate response is “I have to tell people about this”. Before blogging, it would be a quick email with a link to a friend or something like that. Or if I happen to just think of something interesting, rare…I know, and Gia is asleep or it is too late to text/call someone…well, you know what I mean. Otherwise it would be forgotten about the very next day. So blogging acts as a kind of a journal of anything random that tickles my fancy, rather than a personal diary. But the two are sometimes interchangeable. I dunno. What was the question? πŸ˜‰

    Best of luck on the next 5 years!

  43. floating princess

    Happy Anniversary!

    Everyone has already listed my reasons, but basically I love the interactions with people from all over. I love hearing about their lives, their travels, their trials and tribulations. I like having a place to vent my thoughts, and being able to dust off my quite rusty writing chops. Or chop, maybe as I don’t have many. It makes me think about what I put out there too. Now I just need to put faces with names and meet some of y’all in person!

  44. Nobodyβ„’

    Happy 5 year anniversary.

    You summed it up quite nicely about blogging, it’s the online friendships that make it truly awesome. And it’s even better when you get to meet some of the people in real life and discover that they are even more awesome than they are online.

  45. Blondefabulous

    Dude! Happy freakin’ anniversary yo! You blew my contest straight outta da water! Then again, it was my first, so I haven’t made it up to giving away iTouch’s and all. Still, I enjoy you warped sense of reason, your poop stories, and the endless wit that emerges out of my google reader from you.

    I particularly like to blog because it gives me a chance to say something. I don’t have RL friends because we move so much due to HHH’s job, but when I blog, the same people come back and read what I wrote and comment on it, allowing me to interact with them as well, track back and read what they write, comment on that, etc, etc, etc…. ad infinietum. Boom! I have made blogging friends! Go me. Also, the fact that the people I have blogged with, but never really met, saved my ass last February even though they never met me kick infinite ass! I love you guys and blogging!

  46. PaintingChef

    Five years… WOW! Congratulations!

    I know I’m not really a regular commenter but you’re one of my favorite reads. I love how blogging, at least for me, makes me feel like less of a freak. It makes it easier to find people who are more like you (me, whatever). I do feel that some of the people who know me the best in the world are friends I have online. Most of whom I’ve never met in person.

  47. Grant

    You’ve raised comment whoring up to a new level.

    I also like the sense of community and (some of) the people I’ve met online. I haven’t had much opportunity to travel and visit others, but I have met one blogger in person and now consider her and her family to be among my closest friends.

    Happy blogiversary.

  48. Princess of the Universe

    Happy Anniversary!!
    Wow, only one thing I love?
    I don’t think I can write anything that hasn’t already been said- it’s the sense of community- knowing that there are other people out there who can relate to something that you’ve said. Making connections with people that you would never have known otherwise. It’s an amazing thing, people who don’t blog are truly missing out on this opportunity to share and give…
    xo

  49. Mighty Hunter

    I admire you. Five years is a long time on the interwebs. I enjoy reading your blog for my own reasons that mainly revolve around your wit and no-nonsense tone. Oddly, it brings up pleasant memories and reminds me of folks I used to spend quite a lot of time with Back East.

    As for why I blog… Well it started as a way to process a difficult time in my life (which may or may not still be going on) and is evolving into a space to practice my own wit, as well as a medium to pour out the thoughts in my head so that my brain doesn’t eat itself. My brain will not be eaten, by zombies or my own thoughts, so I handle the thoughts by getting them out of my head and turning them into ones and zeros so that they have very little power. Not sure how to handle the zombies yet, but I’m thinking that training in Kenjutsu might be the way to go.

    Happy Anniversary, big fella. Keep it up for as long as you are able.

  50. Clown

    How exciting! I would love the chance to win at this prize!
    This is a great giveaway, and I hope I win!
    Count me in as one who wants to win!
    I’m a new subscriber. Thanks for the chance to win! Me love blogging because blah blah blah.
    Would love to win a copy! Happy anniversary of five years blogging!
    This is a great opportunity to win ipod touch for our son.
    I have a very old iPodtouch… a new one would come in handy.
    Wow, what a great prize. Win win win!
    My husband would LOVE this. It would be the best Father’s Day gift ever πŸ˜‰ Happy anniversary!!!
    I could only dream!!!about something so pure!!! Give win now want!

  51. martymankins

    Let’s see now… rules… rules… oh yeah.

    I like blogging because it gives me a chance to make videos without getting paid, but I get the satisfaction of getting comments from people that watch them.

    Happy 5th Anniversary. For your 6th, you need to host a party at your house when people dress up like… er.. ooopps. you are already doing that. Nevermind me.

  52. lydia

    Happy Anniversary!

    I don’t blog and have never had the desire. I suppose it’s my boring, normal life that gets in the way. What’s interesting about that? I can tell you why I like to read blogs, though. I think it’s been a life saver for so many to know there are people out there that think and feel the way they do. They know they’re not alone. I think it’s awesome to read someone like you, Avitable, who isn’t afraid to shake things up. In this very scary world, your blog is a necessity. I could go on and on but won’t. Again, Happy Anniversary!!

  53. Laurie

    Happy Anniversary! I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago and I have a lot of catching up to do!

    I start blogs but don’t keep up on them because I am overcome by the lazy. Twitter rocks, though.

  54. Bridget

    You were too busy to do a week-long celebrating because you were Twittering, weren’t you? Lazy fuck. Happy anniversary anyway. Five years ago I was just taking off my training wheels. Just kidding. I was actually passed out on a college dorm room floor. That’s still a long time.

    I love blogging because I get to “meet” sick assholes like you.

  55. Finn

    Happy anniversary! I’m glad you’re here and hope you will be for at least another five years.

    I like blogging because it’s enabled me to meet so many people that I can really relate to, something that seems to be lacking in my “real” world.

  56. J from Ireland

    Happy 5th Anniversary. I have been reading your blog for about one of those years and simply love it. I have a brother who has a very similar sense of humour as, you so you remind me of him.
    I have a blog that I started so I could feel a little bit less like a stalker and people could “know” a little about me. I have learned so much reading blogs, yes even about dolphin porn, ya auld perv!!

  57. Willie G

    Happy 5th!! Only been reading you for a couple of the five, but you always keep me entertained.

    I enjoy blogging because it is an easy outlet when I just need to speak, even though I may not care if anyone is listening. I definitely blog for me. If anyone happens to stop by and relate… so be it!

  58. Clown

    Because Prince Charming is sleeping I have an edit to the rules…

    “After that point, a random number will be drawn and the comment corresponding to that number will win the iPod Touch… Unless you are a troll/contest whore. Clown will start taking dumps in random rooms in my house if you win. I will probably still let you win, but I will have to smell stinky poo for weeks while we try to find it all. At that point, you should be giving ME a prize.”

  59. Jo

    Happy Blogiverasary! Five years is most impressive, I am a newbie – both to reading your blog and blogging in general in that I have only been at it for just over a year. I enjoy your writting and I also enjoy some blog “refferals” I have gotten from you like: Miss Britt, Puntabulous and some others.

    So thanks for the memories.

  60. shiny

    I’ve been thinking about this very question for the past few days…

    I’ve always felt like writing has been an outlet for me to express myself. I’m all about the cathartic writing, but I also like the revision process. And, more specifically, going back to what I’ve already written and revisiting the person who I was when I was transcribing what was going on in my head at that moment.

    Blogging allows me to do that easily — letting me jot down my thoughts wherever I may be and letting it reside in an archive which is easy for me to retrieve. And the notion that I can get feedback helps me feel like there are others out there who are interested in the same dialogue. And who think I’m funny some of the time. Or who lend me a hand when I need it. It’s evolved into a wonderful community for me. I suppose that’s why I love blogging.

    Well, that and the free sex toys they send me to review.

    Happy anniversary. I can’t wait ’til you give away a 16GB iPod Touch in 2014.

  61. Tracy

    I love blogging simply for the community aspect of it all. I’ve been reading some blogs for so long that I feel like I know the authors personally, and have even had dreams about them. (Okay, the dream was about Dooce, but you don’t want to know that.)

    Happy anniversary!

  62. Tracy

    First off, Happy 5th. I can’t believe it’s been that long!

    What do I like about blogging?? Not a Goddamn thing. JUST KIDDING!!!

    I love the interaction, the insight from others… the whole “putting yourself out there”…. I have “met” so many wonderful people. Some of them I would love to meet in real life, others I’d love to meet just to punch them in the face! LOL!!!

    Happy Anniversary, Adam. You truly are one of a kind out here in the blogging world. *hugs*

  63. Cricky

    Happy anniversary.

    I’ve started and stopped 3 blogs since 2004.

    I like blogging because of it’s ability to make me feel as though my voice was heard, even if no one ever really read it.

    In the past two weeks I’ve come to love social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and MySpace because they allowed me to get the information out as quickly as possible to our family and friends when my husband was in his car accident and the subsequent surgeries. Now I’m able to blog it all to a wordpress blog so that they can get up to date info and I’m not expected to call 300 people every time he takes a step.

  64. frank

    I’ve only been here for a few months, but I love it. Happy five years, man. And what I love–It’s a chance to write and talk to a bunch of people at once. I can say whatever I want or need to say without feeling too whiney.

  65. Capricorn Cringe

    Happy 5! Here’s to 5 more.

    I told myself I started my blog as a way to improve my writing – that delusion lasted about a day. It’s a way to put my thoughts out there without much consequence. It’s a buffer – if someone hates what I say, I’m safe behind my blog and don’t have to take it personally. I like the connection to people – a connection I haven’t found with Twitter or Facebook.

  66. whall

    Happy 5th*

    I like the narcissism fix I will receive one day by doing the following, in order: A) writing a very humorous and thought-provoking post, B) getting lots of comments on said post, C) having people tweet or blog about it saying “whoa!”, and D) having people request more like it. I have my 4th blogiversary next month-ish and I have yet to do it. In the meantime, I enjoy the creative outlet it provides.

    I see you’ve shortcircuited my process and you just buy the happiness. Maybe I’ll do that with my 8GB Zune now that I plan on having an iPhone tomorrow. Awesome idea.

    * by “5th” I mean “5th Blogging Anniversary”. I could have meant a 5th of jack, but you don’t really drink. I could have meant the 5th Amendment, given how likely it is that you’ll be in court for SOMEthing in the future, but I’ll refain. I could have meant Beethoven’s 5th, but I’m pretty sure you hate stupid kid movies about overgrown dogs. I could have meant the 5th element, but I can’t immediately recall where you stand on Bruce Willis or operatic blue aliens.

  67. Mr Lady

    Happy Anniversary, baby! Isn’t it funny how different things are now than when we started? When I was a new blogger, I had to walk 15 miles in the snow uphill every day….

    But I still miss blogrolling. I wish it hadn’t self-destructed. Oh, and remember when you had to create pingbacks and trackbacks? And learn HTML and PHP just to move your sidebar items, which were just called SideBar Items? These kids today have NO IDEA how good they have it, with their made up words like WIDGETS and shit.

    Why do I like blogging? Getting pictures of cute guys fucking plastic dolls is definitely a plus. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for keep on keeping on, baby. Oh, and so with you…twitter will never replace blogging for me. I actually kind of hate twitter, but don’t tell anyone that. πŸ™‚

  68. Sheila (Charm School Reject)

    I read the first few of these little mini tributes to Avitable but I started getting a queasy feeling in my stomach and I really didn’t want to puke on my pretty dress so here I am in this little box. I’ll get to the mushy stuff but first I need to reprimand you for abusing the fact that I gave you full editorial rights to the post I e-mailed you. This is nothing like the one I wrote and it mentions me nowhere. I mean, yeah, the people that know me are like “Wow, this post is so about Sheila.” but it’s not fair to those in the blogging community who have not yet been enlightened to my awesomeness.

    Seriously though – I love the blogging world because of people like you. I have made some insanely awesome friends through that little ol’ blog of mine. I love that I can be sarcastic and crass and let all of my craziness spew onto the pages of the internet and I’m immediately wrapped in hugs. Sure there are some trolly cunts out there who will take any opportunity to knock a person down but they are few and far between and really seem to only prey on you, which means not on me, which is awesome.

    I also love the fact that I can write insanely obnoxious comments like this and guess what happens? You laugh!! At least, usually you do.

    ANYWAY – Adam, I absolutely love you to bit and pieces. You are an awesome awesome friend. Happy Anniversary! xoxo

  69. Amanda

    Wow, five years. That’s impressive. Happy anniversary, dude.

    Although I’ve been sucky recently, my favorite part about blogging is the sense of community. I know that’s cliche, and everyone’s said it already, but it’s true. I love that people so different come together and make connections they never would have made otherwise. The way everyone comes together during a blogger’s time of need, the opportunities people have experienced, the odd friendships that we’ve all formed. Where else could this have happened?

  70. Kelly

    Five years?! Woot. Happy Anniversary!

    Blogging, for me, started as a healing tool after a tragic accident. It didn’t really help, but I kept blogging because I enjoyed it. One of the many things I like is sharing music on my blog. Music makes me happy…usually.

  71. DeannaBanana

    Happy Five Year Blogiversary Adam! Fittingly, the traditional gift for this year is wood. I love it…hahaha!

    Seriously though, and forgive me for waxing maudlin, but in light of my current situation it is how I roll. I consider myself lucky to have met you and to have seen a glimpse into the world of your blog friendships. I am thankful to consider you a friend. You will forever be my favorite shock-jock of the blogging world, especially having an idea of the other facets of the man who is Avitable. Your friends are fortunate to have you in their lives. So, cheers, and here is to another five years, for then you get an aluminum gift!

    And damn do I hope we can make it back for this years Halloween party! πŸ™‚

    Maybe I can persuade you and Britt to meet me for lunch one day next week before I leave! πŸ™‚

  72. Coal Miner's Granddaughter

    What I love most about blogging is meeting people like you and Britt and Hilly and Becky and Fab and on and on… I love that had I never stepped into this medium, I never would have known you. Blogging makes me feel not so alone. When I’m here all day with kids, I get no adult conversation and blogging is my adult conversation. I don’t blog as much as I used to because I think post after post of “my kids this” or “my kids that” is boring. So, I blog when I have an idea.

    And HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY sweetie! I’m so very happy you’re here on teh interwebs and that you’re my friend. Love you!

  73. cristina

    happy 5 years! that’s, like, 100 in blogging years πŸ™‚ i’ve been blogging since ’03 and i love how many people i’ve met. blogging has been my catharsis, a way to vent passive-agressively, and most importantly, a way to analyze and enjoy my life through the written word. all the other good things that have come are just the icing! so glad i found you recently . . . you’re one of my rss faves!

  74. Jay

    Happy 5th Blogiversary!

    The best part of blogging is making connections with lots of different people. Especially people with different backgrounds and cultures and beliefs. It’s kind of what I was hoping to do when I started blogging, but never expected it to happen to the extent that it has.

    But, I still haven’t met another blogger. Which seems strange after three years. I would love to meet so many of my blog friends, but it’s just not that easy to do for various reasons. I’m sure someday I will finally meet some other bloggers. If I can just make myself do it.

  75. Christina

    I’ve been a lurker for a while and I have laughed (at and with) your blog. For me, blogging has opened a whole world of friends for me. I have had the good opportunity to meet some amazing people (in person and off line). I’ve been exposed to new ideas, opnions and the joy and sorrow that come with life.

    Blogging is my voice in the world!

  76. cristina

    happy 5 years! that’s, like, 100 in blogging years πŸ™‚ i’ve been blogging since ’03 and i love how many people i’ve met. blogging has been my catharsis, a way to vent passive-agressively, and most importantly, a way to analyze and enjoy my life through the written word. all the other good things that have come are just the icing! so glad i found you recently . . . you’re one of my rss faves!

  77. Undomestic Diva

    I don’t care about what people say in regards to this “In Real Life” bullshit… I’ve met some of the nicest FRIENDS on this here dangerous new-fangled internet.

    You are one of my favorite reads – not just because you don’t hold back and you have the same sick & twisted sense of humor I do, but because beneath all the pervertedness and crass, you’re one of the kindest people I’ve come across. And I don’t even care about winning the hoochiemagoo.

    Mad props to you for 5 years of this blogging stuff.

  78. Libby

    I have read your blog daily for almost 2 years now. I have seen the relationships you have developed through your site and others. The sense of community is astounding and exceedingly welcoming. That is why I keep coming back. I have found many blogs to read just through your site. I feel like I know you all, though I don’t really blog and I comment occasionally. Often times I want to belong to your online community, though I fear that no one will accept me or think that I am good enough. Therefore, I just read daily, and not bother with a blog of my own, though I really want to.

    Congratulations on 5 years!!

  79. maggie, dammit

    WOW. I was just gonna wish you a happy anniversary, I wasn’t expecting a prize or anything. That’s a damn fine one, too. Either way: happy anniversary.

    I like blogging because it turned my computer screen into this portal, like Alice through the Looking Glass, and whenever I find myself in need I can dive in and get instantaneous support. It blows my mind, still.

    You’re one of the greats, dude. Here’s to five more.

  80. Johnny

    Dear God, the internet has actually survived five years of Avitable? Congrats on keeping the blog going so long. I’ve only had a blog for about a year, which I don’t post to very regularly. It’s mostly an outlet for me to write about whatever random thoughts cross my mind. I can’t quite imagine keeping at it for 5 straight years.

  81. Foo

    I love that blogging brings people together that would otherwise never even say “hi” to each other on the street. The fact that my BFF moved 1/2 way across the country to live near you and Britt is proof that the friendships and support are very real. Happy Anniversary Adam! – even though I don’t comment unless you are giving something away – ;o) – I really do read you every day and many of those days have been filled with lots of ZOMG’s and laughter. Thanks for that.

  82. drzibbs

    Congrats on 5 years. Very impressive. I started in Dec of 2006.

    My favorite thing about blogging is the interaction with my readers. I also love reaing all of the funny comments I get throughout the day.

  83. jen

    I’m still pretty new to blogging, but I like having an avenue to journal and share what’s going on in my life with my family & friends that live across the country. I’m not real concerned with garnering a large number of readers, as long as the readers I do have actually care & enjoy what I write.
    Congrats on Five Years!

  84. Lynn (Walking With Scissors)

    I’ve been blogging for 3 1/2 years, but only the last year under this name (crazy stalker stuff forced me to change identities – fun!). I love blogging as an outlet, but lately have been so busy that the frequency of blog posts is down to almost nil.

    Congratulations on 5 years!!

  85. Sincerely Jenni

    First of all, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. Five years is a long time to keep a blog going, let alone a successful blog. I am amazed at the content you are still able to come up with after five years of this.

    I recently started all over again in the blogging world. New page, new title, new colors and layout, and hopefully it will give me a fresh start on some creativity. Your blog was one of the very few that made it to me new blogroll. While I rarely comment, I always read your site every day.

    Great contest, and congratulations to whomever wins!

  86. Sincerely Jenni

    First of all, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. Five years is a long time to keep a blog going, let alone a successful blog. I am amazed at the content you are still able to come up with after five years of this.

    I recently started all over again in the blogging world. New page, new title, new colors and layout, and hopefully it will give me a fresh start on some creativity. I love blogging because it gives me the opportunity to get things off my chest– things on my mind, things I want to write about, without knowing who’s reading it. So, whether I have one reader of 10,000 readers, I have committed thoughts in my brain in writing somewhere.

    BTW, your blog was one of the very few that made it to me new blogroll. While I rarely comment, I always read your site every day.

    Great contest, and congratulations to whomever wins!

  87. Miss Grace

    Happy anniversary! If the world ends tomorrow, I’m totally blaming you.

    I like blogging because as a result I (1) have some of the most awesome friends and (2) now have an excuse to post pictures of people’s tits on the internet.

  88. Tracy Lynn

    Happy anniversary, dude. I love the friends I have made through blogging too, and at several points in my life when I was housebound,or when life things happened, you guys were the thing that made it possible for me to keep going.

    And also, my knowledge of deviant porn is much greater for having known you.

  89. mountainmomma18

    I have been reading you for a few months (I know late to the party much?) but have never commented, what the hell a giveaway is as good a time as any to start!

    I started my first blog in 2005 when I moved 1000 miles away from my family. At first it was just to keep them up to date with what was going on with the husband and me, but then after i had a kid it was a way to share pictures ect. But that blog is only read by friends and family and as awesome as it is to share my life with them when I live so far away, it’s not like I can always say what’s on my mind. SO I started a new blog, where I am anonymous but can say what I really what without fear or reprecussion. It is freeing to not have to play a role that people expect from their daughter, sister, friend. Now I can have my cake and eat it too (excuse the cheesyness).

  90. kateanon

    I knew I had to comment as soon as I saw the post title. Kudos to you! I started on my first blog back in 03 – and have been blogging since, though I moved from completely open and public to mostly anonymous. It is hard to keep a readership for that amount of time and hard to always find material to write about. I admire that you can still be as entertaining now as you were when I started reading you 2+ years ago.

  91. kateanon

    Oh crap. To be considered I have to actually wish you something? Damn. Ok. Happy Bloggiversary baby!

    What I love about blogging? Bloggers. The ones I only know online. The ones I read that aren’t aware I read them. The ones I have met in person. Great people.

  92. Julie

    Hey! I’ve never left a comment on your blog thingie before, so this is damned appropriate, to be doing so now. . . now that I want what you’re offering! πŸ˜‰

    What I love about reading blogs (don’t write one, unless you count the comments I leave on a few, long enough to be my own damn blog, so thank you very much) is that I get that GOLDEN EXPLOSION OF HAPPINESS when I read a post that resonates so fully in my mid-life lady brain that I want to reach through my crap laptop and give that person a HUG! That includes YOU dude!

    I’m a writer at heart, but my brain says, uh, no, not at your age woman–so I read instead. As writers also know, reading is just as good, if not better, than SEX, eh?

    Unlike you, having been at this blog thingie for only 5 months, not 5 YEARS, I think it’s still so fresh and new, that I do it first thing in the morning. Sounds a bit like, uh SEX, oh, alright, no it doesn’t. And no I don’t. Have sex. First thing in the morning. Yucko!

    Pick me sweetie. I’ll make it worth your while! (grinning like a party girl!)

    Love,
    Julie

  93. Domestic Extraordinaire

    The thing I like most about blogging is the people that I would never have interacted with had it not been for the internet. I like twitter, mostly because it helps me to find more like minded people. Can’t wait to meet you at the BlogHer pre luncheon, I did see you were going, right?

  94. MidLifeMama

    I like “meeting” new people either through comments on my own blog or by following comments and blog rolls on other blogs. That is how I found your blog and am happy I did. Happy Anniversary! I am blog baby compared to you.

  95. Trish

    Happy Anniversary!

    Ok, enough of this feel-good mushy crap. My favorite part about blogging? Dick jokes. Also, embarrassing my family on a daily basis. I mean, you just don’t get those kinds of opportunities every day. Global humiliation, baby, that’s where it’s at.

    Don’t look at me like that.

  96. delmer

    Happy Anniversary!

    What do I like? Blogging gives me a chance to pretend to be creative. And a place to tell people I fell off my bike (so when they’re laughing about it they’re doing it from a distance — I don’t have to see it and they don’t have to try to hold it in.)

  97. Ann Clark

    Happy Anniversary!
    5 years… yours is one of the first blogs I started reading.I found you on did I say that.
    And I hate twitter I cant make heads or tails out of it.
    I hope your around blogging at least 5 more years.

  98. John

    Congratulations, Adam, on your 5 Year!

    I like the things I continually learn through blogging about human interaction. It’s not always pretty, but I’ve made some treasured friendships in Bloggyland and hope to make many more and become closer to the people I have met. Once again, I was pleased as could be to have met the Florida Crew at ConFab. Many happy returns, my friend!

  99. Dan

    Happy blogiversary.

    And what I like about blogging is the community. And it’s a real one too, you just need to look at what’s happened with my two charity walks to see that.

    And you can keep your ipod, I’m just happy to be here.

  100. Honeybell

    Wow, congratulations on 5 years! The best part about blogging? I’m much better at expressing myself through the written word than face to face interaction. This probably doesn’t say much about me in either regard, but oh well.

  101. thefinestkindofpork

    Happy Anniversary, Mr A! That’s wicked awesome.

    I like to blog because it allows me to clear up the perception that people of have of Mainers as being people who only eat lobster, read Stephen King, talk with a drawl, sleep with their mothers and look for UFOs. In fact, I’ve never looked for UFOs.

    -Joe “TFKoP” Mason
    Orono, ME

  102. Amanda of Shamelessly Sassy

    Happy Blogging Anniversary. I started blogging about 9-10 years ago on Diaryland. It was pretty hardcore. I didn’t take it public until about 2 years ago. I love the job opportunities that I’ve gotten due to blogging. I also like the unique people I’ve encountered.

  103. Poppy

    And after all these years you still got my URL wrong.

    It’s no s. That makes me laugh.

    EVERYONE, AVITABLE WANTS TO KEEP ME TO HIMSELF, HE DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT MY BLOG IS REALLY AT http://WWW.POPPYCEDE.COM !!!!!

    Oh, who am I kidding. This is the 295th comment, no one’s listening.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BLOG!

  104. Poppy

    What I like about blogging: I get to say what’s on my mind to the whole world and not be terrified of the consequences. Imagine that. So many awesome things have happened for me because of blogging.

    PS – Dawg already gave me an engraved Touch so if I win it’s for him.

  105. Summer

    Happy Anniversary Adam! What I like about blogging, actually blog reading, is the glimpse into others lives. People are facinating to me. I enjoy getting to know them and becoming friends. It’s like when I go for a walk after dark, I like to peek in folks windows and see how they decorate. Blog reading lets me peek into the minds of others. Here’s to five more years πŸ™‚

  106. always home and uncool

    In my family (growing up and whenever I’m with them to this day) and in my current household, I am constantly being interrupted in mid-sentence. By someone, by the dog, by the phone. Blogging finally lets me complete what I have to say. Which may prove the interruptions were truly worthwhile, but what the hey.

    Happy five years of blogging, Adam. May many more sex toys come your way for video review.

    Kevin

  107. Janelle

    Holy Moly, I’m like comment 318! Congrats Adam on 5 years of blessing us with your presence. I really do feel lucky to have come across your blog. You have given me plenty of “soda coming out my nose” moments and I love it! I can usually count on your blog to make me at least chuckle to myself daily – even if I’m the worst at commenting, I’m reading.

    To get all mushy and stuff, I don’t know about much, but I know that my world is better for having come across your blog and the ripple effect it’s caused in my life… ya know, visiting other blogs because of comments folks have left and then forming real live friendships with those folks.

    I love your blog and your humor. So congrats on five years! You up for another 75 years or so?

  108. Janelle

    Ooops! I forgot to tell you one thing that I like about blogging… you know me, always forgetting the rules!

    I like blogging because…. because… I get to vent. I get to meet other people that have experienced things I’ve gone or going through. Allows me to meet awesome people that I would otherwise never have had the chance to meet. And that’s just to name a few πŸ™‚

  109. Tug

    Happy AviAnni!

    Right now I only have the photo blog, but I like that it’s gotten my photos out there & I’ve learned a lot from other photographers along the way. Now that I’m on WordPress I keep saying I’m going to start a new ‘word’ blog (you *can* have private posts on a free wordpress blog, right?), but damn…I’m lazy. I do need to get on that though, get some of the frustration out in writing & let.it.go.

    Again, happy happy blogiversary!

  110. Just Me

    I don’t have a blog, would love to be able to write one, but being a single mom of two active kids, I don’t have the time….but I can tell you what I like most about you blogging (the collective you). I love to be able to read what you have to write and connect with it in some way. It makes me feel as if Im not the only one thinking some things, doing some things, or feeling some ways. I feel as if I am reading what I would write most times and to read it from somewhere else helps me to show my strength in troubled times. I enjoy the things you have to say and I have gotten a lot of other blogs to read and relate to through you. I have learned a lot out of reading your blog (and some others, Miss Britt is a fav of mine too) and I look forward to reading/learning more for another 5 years πŸ™‚ I would love to be able to meet you all at some point too cause I think we would have a good time hanging out!

    Congrats Dude!

  111. Nat

    Well, this is an interesting question.
    I love blogging because the writer in my doesn’t like editors.
    I love blogging because it pushes me to share, and talk and to converse with so many people… I mean, how else could I get training tips from someone in Chicago? Or get a kick ass chocolate cake recipe… or have that email “are you ok?” …

    (I don’t want the iPod, I don’t comment here enough. If you want to put my name in, and I win give it away to some who needs it.)

  112. Chrissy

    I like blogging because it’s a place to put my thoughts and get feedback on them and not have to worry about the people that read it looking at you like you’re crazy when they see you. And there’s always somebody that’s got it worse that me and it keeps me grateful for what I do have.

    Congrats on 5 years!
    Chrissy

  113. Fantastagirl

    Do you have any idea how many times I had to click the down button to get to the comment box??? Geesh!

    Wow 5 years – congrats!

    What I like about blogging is that without it – I doubt that I would be the person I am today. I’ve met (though not all in person) so many different people, I have learned to seek the other point of view, to seek more information on topics, and to not be afraid to state my side, and to stand up for what I believe in.

  114. Stephanie

    I like to read other blogs, just can’t seem to keep up my own. I suck. But when I did write…it was like free therapy.

    You? Are a comment whore. That’s one of your many endearing qualities. That and your penchant for showing your balls.

    Happy 5th, babe!

  115. Sarah

    I can’t believe it’s already been nearly a year since I showed up in Orlando for Halloween.

    Really, the main thing I love about blogging is the fact that I’ve found of the best friends I have through it.

    Happy 5th, Adam!

  116. Starfish

    Wow, five whole years of blogging! congrats dude!
    It feels like its only been a couple of months!
    But I guess thats my fault since I only found your blog a couple of months ago…errr sorry πŸ™‚

    I love witty funny blogs and your my cup of tea πŸ˜‰

  117. MB

    HAPPY 5th ANNIVERSARY!!! I love blogging because I love peeking into people’s lives without risking getting caught looking into their windows πŸ˜‰

    I tend to lurk more than comment but I’m trying to get out more.

    I don’t know what I would do if I actually won because the phone I have now only makes and receives calls, nothing else, no apps, no text, no internet access, no nothing. I can only imagine how much more time I could waste if I had all those things at my fingertips all day long.

    Cheers to you and your 5 years of blogging …

  118. Ms Batman

    I guess this is like the lottery, I have just about the same odds of winning whether I play or not, so I guess I’ll play. I’ve got nothing to lose.

    I like blogging because sad as it is to say, I don’t have many friends in real like. Being a single mom with full time kids doesn’t leave me much time for a social life. Reading on line friends’ blogs is like a daily check in to see how they are doing. Why do I blog? Mental health. It’s a way to vent, share, work things out, whatever. Do I care how many readers I have? Well, yeah, aren’t we all comment whores? But I don’t blog for the audience be it 1 or 10. I blog for me.

  119. sizzle

    Five years- that’s awesome and epic and I commend you. Happy Anniversary! What do I like about blogging? I like that it reminds me that people are genuinely good. I have been honestly floored by the outpouring of love, support and friendship that I’ve seen in this medium of communication. It blows my mind in the best way possible.

  120. Anna

    I like blogging because it keeps me in touch with family and friends. I like reading other blogs because most people are more brave than I and can say what I’m thinking.

    Congrats on your five years!

  121. staciesmadness

    I love the friendships, I love being able to air my dirty laundry and the dirty laundry of others in my life, I love the release I feel getting things out of my head, I just LOVE IT.

    Happy anniversary, five years is amazing!

  122. Jennifer

    Just discovered your blog, which will now be residing in my Google Reader. Congrats on 5 years.

    I just started blogging last fall, but voraciously read blogs during 4 years of trying to have babies–it was so so so helpful to read others’ stories & know I wasn’t alone. If just one person stumbles upon my blog, reads the backstory on my broken hoo-ha, and thinks “oh, good, I’m not the only one,” then my time sent typing at the computer is totally worth it.

    Now that my twins are here, it’s great that my loving yet scattered family can watch them grow up.

  123. Dani

    I love that blogging gives me an outlet for the craziness in my head that doesn’t really have a place in my boring, everyday life: the bizarre theories, the overly contrived puns and the random observations. Looking back at my blog reminds me that my mind is still spinning even when my life feels stagnant.

    …and a very happy Blogiversary to you, sir!

  124. just beth

    Happy blogaversary, Adam!

    I love the intimacy blogging gives us… the glimspes into each others lives. Its like voyurism without the creepy porn feel. Which, I guess can be good OR bad, depending on your mood. *wink*

    Oh, plus the giveways are cool.

    XO

    B.

    P.s. Dooce rocks, don’t be a hater. πŸ˜‰

  125. Barbara

    Happy Aniversary. I like many things about blogging but if I have to pick one I would say it’s knowing there are other people out there that think the way I do.

  126. knoxvillepixie

    Happy Anniversary and congratulations on 5 years! That’s quite an accomplishment! Blogging is my way to express myself through my writing all the while keeping a journal my girls can look back on about their childhood.

  127. DutchBitch

    I love how it has broadened my horizon with some of the most beautiful people and friendships that have enriched my life. A lot of those are beyond awesome and recently getting the chance to meet a lot of those people was the experience of a lifetime, including you, bebeh!

    In light of this: in the extraooooooooooordinary event that I would win the iTouch, it will be passed on to someone that is one of my best friends in the Blogosphere because she deserves to have one and can’t afford one.

    Smooch!

  128. DutchBitch

    Oh Crap! And OF COURSE a very very very very very happy 5th Anniversary! Blogging that long already and it doesn’t show at all. You don’t look a day over your 5th DAY blogging anniversary πŸ™‚

  129. Lauryn

    Wow, five years! Congratulations! I hope my blog will still mean as much to be three more years down the road πŸ™‚

    What I love the most about blogging is how it gives you a wonderful glimpse into the lives of people around the world. You can relate to, laugh with, and bond with people you never would have known if it wasn’t for the internet. Sure, there’s always potential for trolls, but the positive far outweighs the negative.

    Happy Anniversary! πŸ™‚

  130. Kimberly

    Happy Anniversary!
    I like blogging because it gives me (a bloggee?) a small glimpse into the lives, adventures, travels, trials/tribulations etc. of other people. I find it intriguing that, while we are all so different, we are all so much alike.

  131. Colleen

    Happy Anniversary! While I don’t have a blog myself, reading/following blogs allowed me to escape, even for just a few moments, a very difficult time while caring for my ill father.

  132. Tori

    Happy 5 years of blogging Adam… I’m on hiatus… just haven’t felt like writing lately, but I used to like the interaction between readers & bloggers… I guess I’m feeling a bit reclusive.

  133. Mari

    Ok, what I hate about these things is that once you announce your CONTEST or GIVE AWAY people crawl out of the depths to comment. I would hate to be one of those, so if by some amazing set of circumstances (everyone else died at the same time) I was the name you picked – keep it.
    I come here to read your crazy humor. I also come to see some not-so-pretty pictures of very private parts. And to disagree with you. Strangely enough, sometimes I actually agree with you (scary though that may be). I enjoy you, although not in the biblical sense, and I plan to keep enjoying you until you totally piss me off.
    So, happy anniversary. May you have many more.
    Hey! What happened to all the cool smileys??

  134. Mari

    Ok, what I hate about these things is that once you announce your CONTEST or GIVE AWAY people crawl out of the depths to comment. I would hate to be one of those, so if by some amazing set of circumstances (everyone else died at the same time) I was the name you picked – keep it. I usually don’t comment on ‘candy posts’, but for you I have happy wishes!
    I come here to read your crazy humor. I also come to see some not-so-pretty pictures of very private parts. And to disagree with you. Strangely enough, sometimes I actually agree with you (scary though that may be). I enjoy you, although not in the biblical sense, and I plan to keep enjoying you until you totally piss me off.
    So, happy anniversary. May you have many, many more.

  135. Kristin

    Happy 5 years.

    What do I like about blogging? Well, the thing is, I got started originally so that my inlaws in Montana could see pics and read anecdotes about the grandkids. Little did I know that there are about 6 computers in Montana and my inlaws are not one of the six. But I’ve kept it up because it’s easier than scrapbooking and it makes me feel like I’m being a good mommy by keeping up with their stories.

    But honestly? I love that everyone else blogs about their lives. I love reading everyone else’s stories and getting a giggle and feeling somehow that I’m not all that weird after all. I’m that way at a party or group situation too…I’d rather sit in the corner and listen and watch!

  136. Rachael

    Do I really have to choose one favorite thing? I guess I can make it into one – coming across people I would never meet in “real life”. I get to read stuff from amazing and hilarious writers, like you and Mrs. Chicken, and I get to make friends that I would never have met if I didn’t have a blog. I just love it. Happy Blogoversary – 5 years is a long time!

  137. Selma

    Congrats on 5 years and thanks for the laughs. I like blogging for the sense of community and shared experiences. Hope you keep blogging for many more years and that you and Britt continue to do your radio show. I listen every week via iTunes as I can’t listen live anymore because of work. I really enjoy every show. Cheers, Adam!

  138. muskrat

    Congrats! As I told you in person, I’m amazed at your ability to generate fresh, usually amusing, content each and every day while holding down a “real” job at the same time (and still making time for TV, trips, and going out to eat).

    I like blogging because it’s enabled me to make friends all over the US and in a few foreign countries. Now, when I travel, I find out who the local blogger(s) is (are) and try to see them! It’s fun.

  139. Stacey

    Happy 5 year anniversary!

    Let’s see. What do I like about blogging? I like that I have an outlet to express whatever’s going on in my head. I like that there are so many great writers and great people out there to read. I like that I can connect with people all over the world, people I’d otherwise never know existed. I like getting comments or emails and feeling like I might have written something people can relate to. And I like thinking that maybe one day I will develop the types of friendships that I see other bloggers have.

      • golfwidow

        @Avitable, I only get time once a week to catch up. Usually it’s Sunday, so I read your latest one and only comment if I have something important to add. Yesterday, by a fluke, I had some computer time. I still read you and I miss having time to read you every day and respond to all of your posts, but I’m glad to be working and still grateful to you for throwing some writing jobs my way when I was down and out in CT.

  140. Stacy

    I have been reading you for a long time now, and while I am not a frequent commenter I do visit almost daily. I am not posting this to win, although my kid will kill me for saying that…

    I don’t blog as often as I should, but I do love blogging because it gives me a place to vent.

    Happy Blogiversary, and thanks for hanging around so long!

  141. Courtney

    Happy fifth! Your blog is the only male-written blog I read…and you crack my shit up!

    What I like about writing a blog is that I can post whatever I want…blogging really got me through the final few (bed-rest) weeks of pregnancy and the first several months of no sleep. What I like about reading blogs is getting a look inside of other people’s lives. I’m always like, “oh this girl said” as if I personally know the person.

  142. Kristine

    What a convenient day for me to find your blog!

    I love the community.
    Also, who am I kidding? I want to be rich and famous with a book deal and blogging makes it feel 15% less like pipe dream.

    Woo-hoo!

  143. Gina

    I am glad you have stuck with blogging for five years. I don’t know how you get ideas for a post -every- day. I am in awe of that.

    As far as Twitter goes, I do agree it can make for a crutch. For me, because my tweets are “protected” I use Twitter to get out thoughts I could never put out there in a more public forum. I have had to censor myself even with the “protected” tweets though, as more and more friends and acquaintances seek to add me.

    Keep blogging. You are absolutely appreciated.

  144. Meg

    Know I missed the contest but still wanted to wish you a belated happy anniversary. I don’t remember how I found your blog but you crack me up. Thanks for the giggles!

  145. carla

    in your illustration, is that supposed to be your penis or your tail? i’ve grabbed your penis out of boredom years ago, so it definitely has to be your tail.

    don’t forget to give me a head’s up when you are in chicago next month. we’ll meet you in the city for dinner or something.

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