To my surprise I just received this notification:
Ooops – I had no idea. I wish I had known; I could’ve prepared a little blogiversary post instead of just writing off-the-cuff. So, what does one say on the occasion of a blogiversary? A nostalgic look back over the years? A tearful thank you to the backers of the enterprise
and my family for unrelenting support of the years – I couldn’t have done this without you *sobs’? Outlook to a bigger, brighter, allround-better future? Well, the quick fix is a little stat overview that proves how this blog has grown. Check this:
Yet, today’s date is weirdly contradictory when it comes to a festive mood. The 9th of November is, of course, a fateful day in German history:
- 1918: Kaiser Wilhelm abdicates
- 1923: The Munich Beer Hall putsch fails – but eerily foreshadows the horrors of the soon-to-be-established terror reign of the fascists
- 1938: Reichskristallnacht – the night of the broken glass – in a concerted surprise attack, the Nazis burn thousands of synagogues in Germany, and destroy Jewish shops and property, leaving no doubt now about their genocidal policies.
- 1989: East German authorities decide on a whim to open the border between East and West Germany. The Cold War is effectively ended, the wall falls.
2012: Guylty starts blogging on WordPress
Maybe the timeline shows a progression from horrors to something better (and I am not including the emergence of my blog in that sequence of events – that would be a little bit too flippant). That is my hope. A Schicksalstag (day of fate) to encourage us to strive for freedom, for democracy, for the expression of our individual selves. Guylty.net does not have political aspiration, nor is it revolutionary in its contents or context, but it *is* my expression of self, and I hope it is a place of free, equal exchange for my readers, too. It would not be possible without you, so thank you all for being so loyal, so supportive and so fun to hang out with! I look forward to maintaining this platform for another year!