I believe that the holiday season is as good a time as any for personal reflection, and I suppose that is the purpose of this newspost.

Marten is something of an admirable fellow, I think. It takes strength to recognize that if you did not succeed at something it does not mean that it was not worth the effort. Sometimes taking big stupid risks is worth it, regardless of whether the outcome is what you were hoping for.

These past four months have been one long big stupid risk for me. Trying to make a living off of something you love doing is scary enough without it being ON THE INTARWEB and subject to the approval of other humans in order for it to be successful. As I write this, roughly 27,000 of you are visiting this site on a daily basis, and for that I am intensely, profoundly grateful. These past couple months have been the most fulfilling stretch of time in my entire life due in large part to your support, both monetary and spiritual, and there are no words that will do you proper justice. Like Marten, I can look back and say that without a doubt I have been doing my best, and it is utterly wonderful to think that I may actually be doing an okay job of things.

Let us raise a toast to taking risks, and I wish you all a merry, merry Christmas. See you Monday.

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