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.

Wordpress ThemesFive 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.

Carl WordPress commentHe 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.




  1. What a great gesture, I hope Carl accepts your offer and you can perhaps toot each other’s horn from time to time (in a non-sexual way…even by internet standards, rofl) if the pair of you offer up alternate points that align with the subject matter.

    1. It was pretty cool to see the quality of the writing at Carl’s Comics improve as it went on. I really was a bit bummed when it went by the wayside, but I know how life sometimes has a way of changing priorities, etc. Regardless, if Carl just wants $100 for his own edification, then all he needs is to create a PayPal account and I’ll send it along within hours. It’s his.

      On a related note, that “thanks” also applies to you too, zariusii. I always like hearing your opinion on issues. 🙂 I’m closing in one another pretty cool milestone, and I’m thinking you and a few others might be the recipients of a comics-related prize. I have to look into a few things first…but hopefully I can figure it out within the next couple of months. Stay tuned.

  2. It’s a credit to your character and your convictions that attract people like me to your commentary mate, long may you find room for a little and a lot of reflection on your laundry list of topics.

    1. Thanks. It’s interesting me to sometimes look at old posts or to think about how certain topics ebb and flow over the years. It will be interesting to see what happens when election season heats up since I have little desire to talk about politicians these days. I’ll probably have more movie reviews and comics news.

  3. Wow! 1000 posts, that’s awesome, hope you have many more. Your “battles” with some of the more colorful personalities that comment have been both informative and entertaining. Good for Carl that he may come back too, since school and work has largely taken me away from comics, I’d go on his site to get a pulse of what’s going on.

    1. Thanks, Patrick. Indeed, on a day like this, how could I not think back on MeAgain and Xmenexpert? 🙂 I’m looking forward to many more interesting characters to come.

      I agree with you on Carl’s Comics. I too used to go there to get the scoop on some cool shows, comics, etc. that I otherwise wouldn’t be up on.

  4. Congrats sir! With each post you make I feel that I know you and others a little better. Dare I say that you may even be building a community.

    1. Thanks, Truth. Yes, the community aspect you speak of is definitely an added benefit of writing here. I’m always happy to hear what you, Carl, Hube, insanitybytes22 and a host of others have to say. I always learn something from my interactions with readers like you. I appreciate it.

  5. Congratulations Doug

    I still read your blog regularly but do not comment as much, mainly due to ill health. Through your blog I found Carl’s and was also sad to see him stop.

    Thank you for the last 1,000 posts and here’s to 1,000 more (at least)

    1. Thanks for the compliment, Andrew. I’m sorry to hear about your health issues. If my blog posts ever make your day just a tad better, then that makes me happy. Hopefully I’ll continue to churn out content that you feel is worth your time.

  6. Incredibly, the majority of your posts have been of interest to me or just pleasant to read. I can’t say that for most other blogs, which tend to feature boring day-to-day journals and links pages and all that.

    Your perspective is valuable, especially so when it comes to pop culture*, and I hope it sticks around for a good long while.

    *We need more conservative nerds!

    1. Thanks, Starfire. Every once-in-awhile I’ll do something that is specific to my life, but even then I usually try to work in some sort of over-arching principle into the post. My lucid dreaming posts are one example.

      And yes, I agree with you that there needs to be more conservative movie/comics nerds out there writing. 🙂

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