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The blogging of the novel in progress has begun.

this post has been truncated somewhat, so the commetns dont make sense. sorry.


Kottke was the first blog I encountered, too, and I reluctantly had to list him as my blogfather (reluctant only because of political differences). Like you said, back in 2000 there weren't too many bloggers...but once I saw his blog, I knew that I had found a new hobby.

I have no blogchildren to my knowledge, but you are my blogmother, Michele. I'm going to miss ASV very much...

January starts my 4th year at blogging, and while it will take some time for me to list the few who inspired me, no list would be complete without ASV.

Everything from the 'no-holds-barred' honesty to the fact that having spent much of my 'yute' on L.I. (which gives me a sort of kinship with you) inspires me to learn what I can from a certifiable master of the craft.

I've been blogging (under two names) since May, 2001. I stumbled into blogging by the shear accident of stumbling over a "diary" site and was blogging before I knew that's what it was called. So I don't have a "blog parent".

What I do have though are "blog godparents". These are the blogs I've discovered since starting one myself, the ones that have inspired me to change my style or my substance. Yours definitely qualifies under that category, and I'll miss the guidance.

But there's still a bunch of letters to go in the Hall of Fame. I was looking forward to nominating Krokus for "K" and getting banned ;-)

Anyway, you've more than earned a break. Just be back when Idol returns...

Be well. God Speed

I'll miss ASV very much. Thank you for all you've given us.

Ugh, what a kick in the gut.

ASV is the best pure blog I've ever seen. Unfortunately for me it's only been the last few months that I realized it and visited daily. Story of my life I suppose.

When I left for work this morning my ten year-old Jude was singing "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish." I knew it was a goddamn omen.

Thanks for the victory, Michelle. But I'd be lying if I didn't tell you that I hope you change your mind.

:peter/jackson zed

Next May will be my fourth year blogging, and yeah, back when I started in May of 2002 there was more of a community feel to blogging.

Good luck in whatever you do, I'll miss reading you.

We'll see how long it lasts. :-)

When the Commissar asked that question, i was tempted to list this blog as one of my influences, for it surely was one. I'd been blogging in one form as far back as the late 1990s but it was an obscure, hand-updated kind of thing with no software and I gave it up. In the early days, whe I got real blog software, two radically different blogs most inspired me--this one and Instapundit, in two radically different ways. This one inspired me to realize something very important: if blogging was really worth a damn at all, it was if you wrote whatever you wanted to write about, whenever you wanted to write about, for whatever reason you wanted to write about it. That's the magic that A Small Victory taught me, for whatever it's worth.

I didn't mention it publicly because I think sometimes the slobbery flattery makes you uncomfortable, and anyway this wasn't the only one that inspried me that way. So did Andrea Harris, and Vodka, , and a whole host of others.

Still, this blog taught me something very valuable, and it'll always have a special place in my heart.


I'll be missing you.

Do what's right for you.

Thank you for sharing part of your life with us and allowing us to comment on your blog and chat about it. All good things must end eventually and here lies ASV's end.

I'll say to you what I said to Steven Den Beste when he quit: one of the main ways that bloggers are better than newspaper columnists is that when they're done, they stop. They don't keep cranking it out decades past the point of being tired (did you know Art Buchwald is still writing a "humor" column?)

So while no one wants to see a good blogger stop, everyone should respect it-- and wish you the best as they look for new voices to read (as confusing as that sounds to write).

Michele, I only got into the blogging thing a couple years ago. Yours was the very first site I hit every day.
Gonna miss you--thanks for the great read.

DLR is still the best.

Thanks for everything and good luck with the novel and anything else you decide to do.

Fair warning though: If I ever manage to get my trip to New York set up, I'll be e-mailing you.

Yike. Both this post and the page before it sound a tad too dramatic. Yike, I mean, I like blogging, but I hope never to take it that seriously. Surely there are more important things in life?

Surely. Like leaving ridiculous comments on blogs.

And Art Buchwald is still funnier and more cogent than 99 percent of everything else out there. Read him. There are some who gain wisdom from experience. True, there are more like Bush than Buchwald, but the argument for not vaporizing the Earth has always been that there are still a few enlightened souls on board.