Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Happy Birthday Blogway Baby!

Wow, it's been a year since I started Blogway Baby with this first post.

In that year, I've put up 553 posts, written over 50,000 words, and I've had 131,620 unique visitors to Blogway Baby. From the first few readers, which were mostly friends and family, Blogway Baby now has almost 1,000 unique visitors a day!

The highlights of the last year, for me, were clearly the blow-by-blow of the NYMF 2005 production of Plane Crazy; tracking my oldest daughter Myrna's progress in her first professional theater role (Minnie in Annie Get Your Gun with Louise Pitre) and her first leading role (Annie in Annie Warbucks); and being able to rant on about all my favorite theater hobby horses!

I want to thank all my readers, and especially everyone who has taken the time to post comments. And, of those, especially the compliments (hehe).

At this point, it's also worth noting my philosophy on the difference between user-generated media like Blogway Baby and more formal media sources like Playbill.com or Broadway.com.

In my mind, it's very simple. Blogway Baby is an expression of what I like...it's a personal journal of my favorite things. At the end of the day, it's fantastic having readers, but I write Blogway Baby for myself.

I don't have any aspirations to make Blogway Baby the next Playbill...this is a journal of my musical theater journey. It's been a lot of fun for me over the last couple of days reviewing my posts from the last year: What an incredible record, and what a crazy year!

If you enjoy reading Blogway Baby, that's great: You are obviously into the same things as myself. And if you don't: Hey, that's cool too...Blogway Baby isn't a business, it's a passion. So for all of you that are along for the ride: Thank you. It's very rewarding to know that other people share the same passions. And for everyone I have one thought: GO SEE A SHOW...

So, here's my New Year's request: The 2006 Bloggie Award nominations are open! I'm not expecting to win, but gosh it'd be an honor just to be nominated (hint, hint). Please take a moment to go and nominate your favorite blogs. The Bloggies run on reader-participation, so you need to go and do your bit! You can vote here, and if you do nominate Blogway Baby (hint, hint) I think it would make the most sense in the categories of "Best Entertainment Weblog" and "Best New Weblog".

I've nominated Boing Boing in the categories of Best American Weblog, Best Group Weblog, and Weblog of the Year.

Anyway, thanks everyone, and here's looking forward to a great 2006!

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