It’s something that I’ve been thinking for a while now:
I should start an mp3 blog.
So began the first Armagideon Time post back on May 3, unhealthy 2006. The mp3 blog format may have fallen by the wayside (due to the infuriating mixed messages coming from the artists, recipe labels, and the DMCA goon squad), but AT itself has slogged on for an impressive five years.
I say this every time the site’s anniversary comes around, but I’m not only amazed that I’ve stuck with the project for so long but also that it has managed to maintain a substantial-ish audience willing to put up with my ever-changing obsessions of the moment.
The problem with “thank you” speeches is the anxiety of offending anyone you might have left out, but there are some folks who deserve individual call-outs. Dave Lartigue is first and foremost among these, particularly for his patience and willingness to serve as a sounding board and supplier of all my best alt-text gags. The same could also be said about Chris Sims, despite my reluctance to feed his already swollen ego.
Three comrades across the pond deserve thanks as well — indie guerilla Highlander, the oh-so-mod Mondo, and JC the Vinyl Villain — for being a trio of good blokes who’ve continued to support the site after I switched formats. Ditto for P.J. Carroll, a shining beacon of sartorial and editorial class amidst the savage hinterlands of the Bay State’s South Coast.
I would be remiss if I neglected the debt owed to my fellow Bureau Chiefs and the loose confederation of bloggers from which that project emerged. Being the only non-blogger among them is what instigated the creation of AT back in the day. (The same applies to the scattered sons of ZerUn, whose friendship dates back over a decade.)
That Maura, the derby-devil Queen of Animals, deserves a shitload of thanks is without question. Her forbearance and support is what made all this possible.
Finally, a big thanks to you, the reader. How you put up with my nonsense on a regular basis is beyond my comprehension.
You may have noticed (or not, if using an RSS reader) that the site has undergone a facelift in honor of its fifth anniversary. Well, that and the fact that the old template was broken in multiple places and starting from scratch was easier than an intensive bugfix. The new template is still in shakedown mode, so expect to see the random bit of oddness while I wrestle things into shape.
(Also, I’d suggest checking the first comment on this post sometime before next Monday…if you catch my drift.)