Another year has passed, since the last time I noted the anniversary of this blog's first post. Everything I said last year remains as true today, probably moreso, as interest in old school gaming and the readership of this blog continue to increase. I am both overwhelmed and humbled by the amazing responses Grognardia elicits -- yes, even the negative ones -- because it means, more than anything, that my words are affecting other human beings, which is precisely what a writer possessing any passion wishes to achieve.
When I began this blog two years ago today, I had no idea where it would go or how long I'd keep writing it. I certainly never expected that it'd be of interest to so many people. In these last two years, I've had the honor of interacting with a lot of terrific individuals, from the founders of the hobby to other bloggers and writers to fellow gamers, both young and old. These interactions have informed my thoughts and my gaming, improving both in the process.
For that, I thank each and every one of you who's ever taken the time to write a comment to one of my posts or sent me an email directly, including those of you who've had less than complimentary things to say. I've never met a person who enjoyed being criticized, let alone excoriated, but criticism, even when it's ill-meant, can be occasions of grace, curbing vanity and pride and encouraging one to work more diligently at one's chosen craft. Criticism makes me doubly appreciate the praise I receive. I still sometimes find if difficult to believe that anyone cares what I have to say about gaming, let alone that they might be inspired by it, but I am far from ungrateful that my writing engenders responses in so many others.
Indeed, it brings me great joy and I hope I can continue to provide others with some measure of pleasure through my writing (and perhaps a little less reason for obloquy). It's been a great couple of years and I have no reason to doubt that the coming one will be any less so. Thanks once again to everyone who's come along for the ride; I'll do my best to see that, if you're not always entertained, you'll at least never be bored.