Whichever one of those two options makes you feel better is the one you should run with.
Tomorrow marks one year that I’ve been on the front page here at Balloon-Juice. Since there’s some kind of festival going on that the majority of our readership will be involved with, I’m posting this here today. Special thanks to Anne Laurie who pitched the idea of giving me the keys to John, and to John himself for taking the chance. I hope that I haven’t embarrassed either of you too much. Thanks also to the other front pagers who make it look so easy. It’s due to their quality work that you have been saved from all sorts of crap I would have posted, but then I saw something one of them put up and said to myself “no way in hell I’m posting this piece of crap after reading that.”
Even more thanks to Kos, whose community allowed me to start to find my voice, with an admission price that I and so many others could afford. And to many of the front pagers over there, past and present who listened to what I had to say even as they frequently disagreed with me, and most especially to Armando, for plucking me from obscurity and posting something I wrote on the front page there and showing me that there were actually people who were interested in what I had say. Now, if I could only figure out why that is, I’d probably make a fortune.
And lastly, thank you all. Without the readers and commenters here on Balloon-Juice, I wouldn’t have a reason to do this. To the ones with whom I’ve had disagreements and even the ones who hate me, thank you as well. You’ve all had a hand in making me a better person, if not a better writer.