Gut Rumbles

May 17, 2003


To jay solo. I started this blog on December 28, 2001. That was my son's eighth birthday and I was supposed to have custody that weekend. I came home with cake and presents to find a message on my answering machine from my ex-wife informing me that she had gone to the mountains with her unemployed, dope-smoking lover AND QUINTON for the weekend and all of the next week.

Her exact words were, "If this upsets you, you'll just have to get over it." I will NEVER forget that message and I will never get over it, either. I will never forget throwing that cake in the trash can and crying like a baby. I will never forget the day I started this blog.

I just wrote and threw it out there. I wanted people to read what I wrote, but I never knew how or wanted to troll people. I still believe that doing that is manipulative and evil. It works, but I don't do it (not very much anyway).

At first, I used a pseudonym, because I wrote about a lot of personal stuff that I thought might affect my job. Now I don't care who knows my real name. And I still write about personal stuff.

I was linked by some of the big boys because they found me. I didn't go looking for them. I appreciate the attention, and it damn sure inflated my readership, but I kiss no ass on this blog. My blog is what it is.

I started it to give me a reason not to blow my fucking brains out. After a while, I met a lot of interesting and friendly people and stopped doing the nightly ritual of choosing between the alarm clock and the pistol. People, you cannot imagine how close I came to choosing the pistol on many a night.

I believe that I had 5,000 visitors by March of 2002. That's about the time I established the Original Crew. We started our own little network just so nobody's comments stayed empty. It became a really friendly group. I received about 35 visitors every day and I was proud of that fact.

I never trolled for hits or followed any kind of Ten Commandments for attracting traffic. I don't leave a lot of comments where I surf, except for the Original Crew. I don't email people asking for links.

Jay, once I hit 25,000 visits, the whole thing took off all by itself. It took me damn near a year to get 50,000, then six months to get 50,000 more, then LESS THAN six months to get 100,000 more added to the roll.

You are where I started, but I think you have a leg up on me. A lot of people know who you are. NOBODY knew who I was when I started, because I didn't know who I was myself. Go forth and prosper.

If you build it, they will come.


Hey, you should be kissing my ass Aman.

Put two and two together man, who was that 25,000th reader anyway, where your blog took off on it's own? Yeah that's right, it was me and if I remember correctly, you still owe me a bottle of wine for it too. Oh wait, you bought me dinner and brews....never mind. But the fact is, I wrote a little program way back then called "hitmaker" that I unleashed on your site. It's been steadily sending hits to your page round the clock ever since you hit the magic 25,000 mark. In reality, you don't have any readers, it's all coming from that silly program, even the comments that look like they're coming from other bloggers. It's on automatic. 24/7. I just felt sorry for you and didn't want to see you shoot yourself is all.

Sorry to break the bad news, but I thought you should know.

Today, HitMaker made sure that I was the proof200,000 hit (I think), so I get the prize again. What did I win anyway?

Posted by: Marcl on May 17, 2003 02:58 PM

Yes, but what would be your TEN COMMANDMENTS if you were to have to pick ten?

Posted by: Laurence Simon on May 17, 2003 02:59 PM

Damn!! And all this time I thought I was a real warm fuzzy body, instead I'm just a digitally enhanced number off of software..*sigh

Posted by: quarkd2 on May 17, 2003 04:36 PM

I know for a fact that I'm not a piece of software -- because if I were, I'd damn sure have crashed by now.

Posted by: McGehee on May 17, 2003 04:43 PM

Thanks for depressing me.
I don't think I've even hit 25 in one day.


I mean that in a nice way ;o)

Posted by: Heather on May 17, 2003 06:35 PM

Haha, I remember the lean days last summer. Thing started picking up around August or September.

Posted by: sugarmama on May 17, 2003 07:04 PM

Wow, this is even better than one of those Random Key-Banging Monkey Answers over on that other site that's been so temporarily popular lately.

Posted by: Jay Solo on May 17, 2003 09:14 PM

It's post like this that make me come back even though you abuse me endlessly.

Posted by: Dawn on May 17, 2003 09:18 PM

I'm glad you toughed it out and stuck around to write this shit!!

Posted by: Beth on May 17, 2003 09:52 PM

'ex wife' not 'bloodless cunt'??
It's depressing that you appear to be getting weaker.
What a heartless slut she is.

She keeps on taking pieces out of you because it makes her feel big and you don't fight back.

I like reading your blog but it's gut wrenching.
Not the least of always hearing about your ex getting the better of you and you not fighting back.

You said you don't have the strength but if you don't fight back she will keep on attacking you and wear you down.
She is nothing you made her what she is.

I think the % is 70% of people who have cancer will get secondary cancer within 10-years from stress and die.

Posted by: Jenny on May 17, 2003 10:42 PM

Don't worry Jenny. Once Quinton is grown up, Acidman will get a dog and name it after the ex.

But he'll train it to answer to "B.C."

Posted by: McGehee on May 18, 2003 12:52 PM

I'd like to see a source for that 70% statistic. I Googled and found all kinds of gov't. figures on 5-year survival rates for various cancers, and prostate cancer (from 1983-90, the latest available figures) survivors had about an 80% 5-year survival rate (among whites).

Jenny could be right for all I know, but I dunno.

Posted by: another county on May 18, 2003 11:38 PM

Hi Another Country :)

I don't have a source
Sorry :(
It is just what I have been told.

Bye :)

Posted by: Jenny on May 19, 2003 02:20 AM

"I never trolled for hits or followed any kind of Ten Commandments for attracting traffic. I don't leave a lot of comments where I surf, except for the Original Crew. I don't email people asking for links. "

But you did get in on the ground floor with instapundit when you called yourself "Monsterman" on blogspot, so you never really had to. You remained on Reynold's 1st page till he moved off of Blogspot. Today you pulled 1 hit off of Glenn and 5 off of guess who, baby? LastManDancing that's who. 5/21/03 your largest referer.

Learning from the best and I'm not complaining, but then there's this issue about trolls and who is feeding who without reciprocal links. Ahem.

BTW your link was responsible for my 1st 100 hits. I'm still grateful for the start you non-blogrolling son of a bitch.

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