Milestones are often a time of introspection. Why buck tradition? Of course, what constitutes a milestone is in the eye of the beholder. A rez-day? One's typist hitting a birthday divisible by ten? Every third arrest?
I noticed, thanks to the wonders of Blogger, that I had recently passed 500 posts. Coincidentally, I'm approaching 1000 tweets on that compendium of minutae, Twitter, and am almost at 400 posts on the Steamlander (nee Caledon Forums) site. Add to those numbers comments I've left elsewhere, and that's a great deal of talking, even if I don't always have something useful to say!
That induced me to check the Googles, and I found an interesting comparison: the search term "Rhianon Jameson" returns almost 10,000 hits, while a similar search for my typist's name yielded roughly 20,800. (Both numbers are substantially inflated by duplicate entries and all those extraneous hits at the end that have nothing to do with the desired search. It's the comparison I find interesting, not the raw numbers.) (I mean, really, I have a big ego, but it's not that big.) The latter figure reflects several people with the same name, including middle initial - while it's an uncommon combination of names, at least two others have a substantial Aetherwebs presence. (I'm still holding half of the top ten slots, though!) In contrast, thanks to someone who had snared "Rhiannon" ahead of me, "Rhianon Jameson" is more likely to be unique. In rough terms, that means Rhianon has about the same Aetherweb presence as her typist does after more than 15 years of professional toil.
What does that all mean? It seems to me that one can draw several conclusions:
1. I need to get out more. This can be rephrased as: you guys are my life.
2. I like to hear myself talk.
3. I like to argue with other people. (Couldn't we just say "hold spirited discussions"?)
4. I don't exercise a great deal of editorial restraint.
5. It's easier to have a Web presence now than it was 15 years ago.
6. I enjoy what I'm doing.
The list is not necessarily exhaustive, nor are the items mutually exclusive. As long as number six holds, however, I'll keep at it.