Have I really been writing this blog for four years? Why, that’s an entire presidential term. In blog-years, it’s more like a geologic period, punctuated by occasional earthquakes in the form of TypePad upgrades. (I now compose posts in Windows LiveWriter and export the content to TypePad. More better. Thanks for the tip, AgateGal!) I’m somewhat stunned to report that the post you are reading is my 1,416th and that I’ve published 3,622 of your comments. (OK, so a few of the comments were my replies to your comments.)
A bit of history for those of you who have crashed the party just for the cake*:
In the beginning, the blog was called Away With Words. Here, from 2008, is my explanation of the name change.
Here’s the first blog post I wrote after the obligatory “is-this-thing-on” post. It’s about a nanoparticle that needed a name.**
I’ve written three Simpsons Brand-o-Rama posts—essentially lists of fictitious brands used on The Simpsons. It’s unlikely I’ll produce a fourth, so I recommend you take advantage of the close-out sale on existing inventory. Here’s the first Brand-o-Rama; links to the other two are at the bottom.
Three posts account for the most traffic over all four years: How the Tiguan Got Its Name, The IKEA Naming System, and Put on a Suit and You’ll Look Cute, the last being my consideration of “bikini,” “skirtini,” and all the other aquatic -inis. (Most of the searchers who land on that last post aren’t interested in linguistics or women’s fashion; they’re looking for pictures of pubikinis. Sorry to disappoint, fellas.) For some reason, How to Name a Golf Course remains popular as well. Are that many golf courses actually being developed?
My favorite Word of the Week of the last year? So hard to choose, but I’m going to propose telepalmter. Just because.
For nostalgia buffs:
Bloggiversary 1 (2007).
Bloggiversary 2 (2008).
Bloggiversary 3 (2009).
Thanks to everyone who has read, linked, suggested, and commented. You are the wind beneath my wings. No, seriously.
* Cake illustration from here.
** The nanoparticle ended up being named Au16-. Booooring.