Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Congratulations, You are Our 100,000 Visitor

Well, it just happened - the 100,000th visitor to my little outpost of insanity, just about two years after I started this wee "blawg." We're having a small party here - me, Henry Adams and a bottle of bourbon that was the gift of a Kentucky friend who is now a nun. Good times.

Here's what I know about my 100,000th visitor - he or she or them is/are from Rochelle, Illinois, located at: 41.9627, -89.0511. He or she uses a Mac, so obviously is very hip and very cool. If the lucky visitor will send me a note, I'll send you a prize - a free copy of one of my books of your choice. Which may be more a curse than a blessing. I'll deface it with my signature for free, if you want. Congratulations! Or condolences!

[I actually wish 100K had been the 100,001st visitor - no offense to our reader from Rochelle - who happens to be from Hillsborough, New Hampshire. It would have been nice symmetry, since I spent several weeks of most summers of my childhood with my family at a small cabin on Lake Pierce, just outside Hillsborough. Every summer we'd take a tour through Franklin Pierce's Homestead in Hillsborough, the nice house of a mediocre President for whom I harbor nostalgic fondness, nonetheless. I'll send you a runner's up prize, if you drop me a note. It will be only slightly less valuable than the amazing grand prize...].

You can reach me at: pdeneen (AT) gmail.com

As for the meaning of this momentous occasion - I only note that of the two books I've written and one I've edited, I have yet to sell more than 700 copies of any, and there's no telling how many of that small number of devotees has read a word. The academic audience is small, cramped and over-specialized; but ideas arguably can and should receive a wider airing, at least if they are worthy of consideration. I'm gratified and humbled by this readership, and hope that there is something of worth to be found here. I think it's fair to say that you certainly get your money's worth here...

Now, back to that bourbon....

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Keep it up, Patrick. Many of us are regulars and just don't know what we would do without a regular dose of "Georgetown Political Theory by Night" after work.

Ben of Texas

Anonymous said...

I was the 100th customer in line recently at Chick-Fil-A. Yes. I ate free.

Conor said...

Professor Deneen,

Congratulations! A quick note-Franklin Pierce, the mediocre President, was a Bowdoin alum and a friend of his classmates Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Conor