I took the plunge and started my own blog on Feb. 14, 2010. Five years later, douglasernstblog.com has officially hit 1,000 blog posts. I wanted to find a way to celebrate this milestone, and since reader “Carl” recently told me he wanted to get back into blogging, I think I’ve found the perfect way: Carl can purchase any WordPress theme he wants up to $200 and I will pay for it. I will also pay for domain registration and mapping for the first year. If Carl decides he would rather use money in some other capacity to benefit his writing, then he can opt to simply receive $100 in cash instead.
Five years ago I was in a weird place. I worked at a job that in many respects muzzled what I could say. I worked for a non-profit organization, and due to its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, my ability to communicate how I really felt on any number of topics was limited. What little writing I did do for my employer was edited to the point where I no longer recognized my own voice on the page. In short, I was miserable. I felt as though my soul — the creative part that needs to write — was suffocating, so I quit, took a leap of faith, and started somewhere new for a lot less money and a lot less job security.
I know what it’s like to feel trapped, but I also know how liberating a blog can be. That’s why I hope Carl will accept my token of gratitude for his readership.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Carl, he started commenting here June 8, 2012 on one of my earliest reviews of The Amazing Spider-Man.
He had his own blog for awhile, Carl’s Comics, which I was sad to see go when he decided to focus on other priorities. Now that I know that he is interested in starting up a blog again, I’d like to help him in any way that I can.
With that said, I’d also like to thank everyone else who takes the time out of their day to stop in and read my missives. I can’t thank you enough for your time and your feedback. While some of my other creative projects might take up much more of my time in the next five years, I don’t plan on ending the blog anytime soon. I look forward to interacting with all of you for many years to come.