September 07, 2011
So really, nothing like this at all.
I started The Pond all those years ago because the Official First Reader of The Pond, friend Mallory, suggested that maybe some other people might find the e-mail I sent her after every F1 race funny too. After some poking and prodding from her, I finally gave in. After a short post about Azumanga Daioh caught the eye of Big Papa Pixy Misa, founding father of MuNuVia (and later MeeNuVia), he invited me to join his burgeoning empire. And here I've sat, ever since. I reconnected with The Official First Friend of The Pond, Vaucaunson's Duck, more or less through The Pond, an amazing feat since we pretty much hadn't spoken much since our time in high school.
Somewhere along the way, Steven Den Beste started to linkify me for reasons that baffle me to this day. Via that connection, I starting conversing with the Brickmuppet off-blog. My expansion into WWII history brought in The Old Man, flatdarkmars, David, Peter the not-so-great and readers too numerous to mention. Various and sundry anime posts caught the eye of Siergen, Avatar, Ed, Author, Ben, Don, Ubu Roi, Jeff Lawson, and Robert from the Anime Corner Store every now and again... and plenty of other people as well. GreyDuck and Colleen started dropping by when they found out about the rubber duckies... I think everybody else just tolerates the ducks, otherwise. Heh.
But the F1 Update! has always been the heart and soul of The Pond, I suppose. The Official First Overseas Reader, Flotsky, dropped in because of them. People have said that they didn't give a rat's hindquarters about motorsports at all until they started reading the F1U!s. And hey, The Pond started because of Formula 1. But as of late, F1 has also been my bane; it takes a lot of time on race weekend to adequately cover a F1 race: just watching Practice 2, Quals and the race itself is six hours more or less, not to mention the hours it takes to do the writeups for them... and the F1U! itself usually takes as long as any two or three other posts combined, somewhere in the vicinity of three or four hours.
So why do I do all of this? Surprisingly, the answer is pretty simple, and can be boiled down to one word:
Friends like Pixy, Steven, 'Muppet, The Old Man, flatdarkmars, David, Peter the-not-so-great, Siergen, Avatar, Ed, Author, Ben, Don, Ubu, Jeff, Robert, GreyDuck, Colleen, Flotsky, Mallory, Vauc, and all the other myriad readers of The Pond I haven't named. You guys make it worthwhile when the jerks come out. When I don't have the energy to write much. And you understand when I don't write at all. And I never would have met any of you if it wasn't for The Pond.
That's why I blog.
Thanks, all you lot.
PS - If you weren't named, don't take it personally... there aren't enough pixels in the world for me to thank everybody the way I'd like to - Wonderduck.
Posted by: jon spencer at September 07, 2011 08:49 PM (hFoyt)
Posted by: Ben at September 07, 2011 10:36 PM (RalIr)
And thank you for informing, educating, and entertaining.
Posted by: GreyDuck at September 07, 2011 11:30 PM (7lMXI)
I actually don't read the F1 or history posts, but I think I read everything else. The bookstore trials & tribulations, the anime, the ducks... Yeah. :-)
Posted by: ButMadNNW at September 08, 2011 12:27 AM (LFp8g)
Posted by: David at September 08, 2011 12:42 PM (ttXyi)
Posted by: flatdarkmars at September 08, 2011 01:45 PM (zxqxC)
Posted by: Siergen at September 08, 2011 05:38 PM (HfzDP)
The military posts draw me back occasionally, and you have the ability to make racing exciting.
Posted by: karrde at September 08, 2011 06:09 PM (3ulfn)
You do a great job of making interesting posts on all sorts of things, which I can only envy.
I oughta do more painting posts, though...
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at September 08, 2011 06:18 PM (pWQz4)
(And now I'm beating up other ninjas with you, too! Go, Turtles!)
Posted by: Hypozeuxis at September 08, 2011 10:44 PM (5eWak)
Like many others, I found the Pond via SDB. I came for the Japanese animation, of which I used to be a casual fan, but I stayed for the Formula One (I'm a bigger and more loyal fan of that, despite the baleful influence of Eccelstone, Mosely, et al.) and the naval history. You even make rubber duckies interesting, which is IMO a sign of genius.
Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at September 10, 2011 03:13 PM (wL7w9)
Posted by: ubu at September 10, 2011 11:41 PM (GfCSm)
Thanks for the hat-tip, amigo. SDB was the beacon on my path to the most famous blog from Duck U. - and as you so smoothly pointed out, I LUURRVE your WW2 posts.
So where is the one about the Cats? (Just yankin' your chain.) If you keep writin' 'em, we'll keep readin' 'em. Mercy buckets for your work, Monsewer Duck.
Posted by: The Old Man at September 14, 2011 09:58 AM (TcNy+)
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