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One Million Hits B.C.

By Wyatt Earp | May 20, 2010


I started this blog on June 6, 2005 – just under five years ago. Since that fateful day, there have been 6,020 posts (most of them involving fabulous babes), 36,000+ comments (most of them from RT), and now, this tiny, insignificant blog reached an unbelievable milestone: one million unique visits!

Naturally, I have writer’s block today. Those of you who know me personally know how rare it is to see me speechless, but what can I say? The bloated gasbag you have all come to know and love/hate can’t put a coherent sentence together on the biggest day in this blog’s life. So instead, I’ll tell you a story:

In January of 2004, I was talking to a college pal of mine. He sent me a link to his “blog.” Being a wise-ass, I wrote back, “What the frak is a blog?” He explained that it was akin to an internet journal where people post their thoughts, stories, and rants. I thought, “People actually read that crap?” He assured me that they did. Being a self-centered blowhard, this was just the thing for me. I could rant about the things that annoyed me – like, “humans” – and practice what I love – writing- at the same time!

The first blog was born, and it lasted 11 months. I quit that one because of troll trouble and swore I wouldn’t go back. I was out of the game for six months when I christened SYLG, so it seems that I am a big, fat liar.

The first year was fun, but some of the posts were really raw. Check the archives; it’s true. I had a few loyal readers and made a couple of very good blog friends. Being an attention whore, I started reading and commenting on bigger and better blogs. Not a difficult task considering my posts, but I gained a few readers here and there. I worked really hard at writing posts and adopted a policy: I would try to respond to every single comment. It’s a policy I still employ because I think the interaction, the give-and-take makes the blog better.

Soon, more people stopped by to read. Then people stopped by to read and comment. I made new friends of both the “real world” and the “internet” variety, and this insipid little blog started to look like a family. An insane, inbred family, but a family nonetheless. In just five years, SYLG’s daily visits went from 10 to 1,000. And while that is a drop in the bucket for people like Ace and Rusty, it was more than enough to keep me fat and happy. But mostly fat.

The blog opened doors. I was asked to contribute at Blogs4Bauer. I was offered a writing position at Family Security Matters. I was interviewed by Deb Goodrich on her Topeka, Kansas radio show – twice! And I was asked to be part of something really huge, but I can’t talk about that yet. Soon, though.

None of this – my success, or whatever you would term it – is because of you good people. Without you, this blog disappears. So, thank you all for reading. Thank you all for commenting. Thank you for linking. Thank you all for making Support Your Local Gunfighter what it is: a pretty damned good blog. I hope I continue to earn your readership.

Oh, before I forget, it seems the lucky visitor is Sully! Congratulations, my friend! Let me know what you want for your victory!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go throw up from the stress.

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51 Responses to “One Million Hits B.C.”

  1. Crankipants Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    We need Jerry Lewis shrieking in front of a tote board while “What the World Needs Now” blares from the orchestra!

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Crankipants – I’m shaking a little from the nerves. I need some vodka.

  3. SYLG – Over 1,000,000 Served! « Willceau Illo News Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    [...] friend and link pimping daddy, Wyatt Earp,  is celebrating a milestone -  ONE MILLION HITS on his website, Support Your Local Gunfighter.  His compulsive blogging and diligent responses to [...]

  4. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Oh, and much thanks to Mrs. Crankipants for the Wyatt graphic up top.

  5. Smite A. Hippie Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Congrats Sully!!

  6. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    You’re welcome!
    Congratulations Wyatt on this momentous occasion!

    Damn, I really wanted those cupcakes.

  7. dragonlady474 Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Congratulations!! And congratulations to Sully too!!
    :) You’ve been a pleasure to read and it’s been awesome being a part of this blogging family. :)

  8. Congratulations are in order! « Faces of Dragon Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    [...] Congratulations are in order! May 20, 2010 My friend and fellow blogger, Wyatt, at Support Your Local Gunfighter has reached a million hits! That’s right, a MILLION. So stop by and tell him [...]

  9. Wagonsux Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Anything for the 1,000,079th visitor?

  10. Sully Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Wow…. Didn’t expect that.

    You rock Wyatt!!!! One Million hits is just flat out amazing!!!

    I’ll e-mail my request. Having you cheer for the Bruins is clearly off the list. ;)

  11. Thomas F Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Crankipants – I’m shaking a little from the nerves. I need some vodka.

    Hey that’s a great excuse can I use it at my next DUI checkpoint……. Oficsah ah just took awitle vodka I wassh just a rittle shakey from the nerves…

    and when do you evah need an excuse for some vodka….

  12. Sally Anne Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Wow, since I started reading this blog you’ve had a million hits and almost that many new babies! ^_^

  13. Three cheers for Wyatt Earp | Hey, Ringo! Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    [...] blog-friend Wyatt is celebrating the one MILLIONTH hit on his blog, Support Your Local Gunfighter. I’ve been reading his blog since it was in its first months of life, now that I think about [...]

  14. Woody Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Congratulations Wyatt!

  15. Robert B. Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Way to go, Wyatt! It is nice to know that such a nice, modest (cough!) guy can do well. Best of luck in the future!

    Keep yer powder dry.

  16. RogerDee Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Hey Wyatt, Not too bad..for a yankee (above the Mason Dixon Line). Thanks for letting me rant my incoherent babbling. Only been here a while, but I’9e enjoyed the ride. I’m gonna have a shot of crown royal in yer honor

  17. John D Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Congratulations, Wyatt. You’ve managed to turn SYLG into your own little million-man (and woman) cyber-march. Minus Louis Farrakhan, of course (and his incessant blathering about the “motherwheel” and the number 19).

    Seriously, though, SYLG is always entertaining and informative. It’s no accident you have so many readers. Keep up the good work, Detective.

  18. Jon Brooks Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I will do a shot of Beam in your honor and for your next 1,000,000 more. Congrats.

  19. Easily Lost Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Congrats, Copper!!!!!!!!

  20. JT Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    And I was asked to be part of something really huge, but I can’t talk about that yet. Soon, though.


    Are you taking Belushi’s place in the next Blues Brothers flick ?

  21. Watuschskie Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Congratulations Wyatt — I’m here only a short time, but I thoroughly enjoy your blog, the babes, and even your rants (at times). Congratulations also to whoever or whomever the millionth person was. Who the hell wuz it?

  22. JT Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Congratulations Wyatt and congrats to Sully.

    This blog and the people that comment here have impressed the bejabbers outta me.

    Well done, everyone.

  23. RT Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Congratulations, friend. :)

  24. Old NFO Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Congrats my friend… Well Done!

  25. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Smite – Yeah, a Bruins fan won. Dammit.

    Mrs. Crankipants – Next time I see you, I’ll bring you a pack, okay?

    DL474 – I like to think of you as my sister . . . the zombie slayer.

    Wagonsux – A foot beat at Delaware and Linden.

    Sully – That’s okay. My oldest son has that covered.

    Thomas F – Can’t hurt to try, right?

    Sally Anne – Sad, but true.

    Woody – Thank you, sir!

    Robert B. – Always!

    Roger – Cheers!

    John D – Thank you. So I shouldn’t mention that fact that I was seriously thinking of quitting after I hit a million?

    Jon – Probably won’t be another million. That’s five more years of this!

    E.L. – Thank you, dear!

    JT – Bigger and better. I’ll let you know in a few weeks.

    Watsuchskie – It was Sully, from Sully the Urban Hillbilly. He’s a regular.

    RT – Thanks, doll!

    Old NFO – Thank you for reading, sir. I appreciate it.

  26. Rob in Katy Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    And you did it without a Jessica post!
    Congratulations! Odd place this internet, folks you never have been feel like friends… and the really odd part, some truly are. All the best my friend, even if you are a damn Yankee!

  27. proof Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Congrats, Wyatt! They say the first million hits are the hardest…

  28. One in a Million | bRight & Early Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    [...] see Wyatt at Support Your Local Gunfighter — He’s had his One Millionth Well Deserved Hit. Come on. The party’s over there. [...]

  29. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Rob in Katy – Thanks for reading, and thanks for the occasional tip jar donation. It is much too kind.

    Proof – No more milestones left. I’ll never reach a billion, so this one is pretty nice.

  30. Jim Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Every one of the million well deserved (except those who are searching for naked Betty White pics. they’re just perverts.)

  31. The Jack Sack Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    The cream rises to the top, my friend.

    You’ve earned everything you’ve done here. If you were my son, I would a) ask for a paternity test and b) upon confirmation of my paternity, I would buy you an ice cream cone and muss your hair, saying “Good job, kiddo!”

    That next million will come in far quicker than 5 years time.

  32. RogerDee Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 10:28 pm


  33. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Jim – With bad eyesight! Thanks Jim, for all you do here with the blog.

    TJS – Thanks. I had to do it here, because everyone at B4B is mad at me for not knowing the Kill Count from Monday!

  34. Jim Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    No one knows Monday’s kill count for sure. Ask Sunny :-)

  35. Crazy Politico Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Congrats on hitting a million. If I’d ever start writing regularly again I might get to 100k.

  36. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 20th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Jim – I made an executive decision . . . and went with Sunny’s analysis. 14 is the call.

    CP – Well, giddyup!

  37. Glenn Mark Cassel AMH1(AW) USN Ret. Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Sorry I am late to the party. But congrats to ya, there buddy! Dragonlady474 said to haul it on over here, So I did. Bravo Zulu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on the Million!
    Survivor thing, ya know.

  38. Ambulance_Driver Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Congrats, Wyatt!

  39. metoo Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Congrats, Wyatt and keep on keeping on.

  40. jimmyb Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Awesome, dude.

  41. Bob G. Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Truly…a LEGEND IS BORN!

    May you enjoy ANOTHER 1 million…
    (and in half the time).



  42. Rick Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Congratulations keep up the good work

  43. Tricia Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Well, I’m glad I found you, just in time before the momentuous occasion! Felicidades, my friend!

  44. Lergnom Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Late to the party again, but offering congratulations anyway.
    Good going, marshall. Here’s hoping you continue to fight the good fight and write the good write.
    Stay safe

  45. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Glenn – Thank you. Can’t believe it happened so quickly.

    AD – And I’m fresh out of dancing rodents.

    MeToo – That sounds like hippie-speak. Seize her!!!

    JimmyB – Thanks. It’s a testament to you guys, not me.

    BobG – If another million comes – and I’m not sure it will – I will be humbled yet again.

    Rick – Thank you, sir.

    Tricia – Thank you! It was so good to hear from you again.

  46. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Lergnom – Thank you! And I don’t give out demerits for lateness. Heh.

  47. Uncle Ray Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Congratulations! It is quite an achievement! What’s this HUGE thing you’ve been asked to be a part of? A new sweatsuit? Nyuk! Nyuk! Nyuk!

  48. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Uncle Ray – Ouch!!!

  49. C/A Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Good job dude. You deserve it. (Been working)

  50. bob (either orr) Says:
    May 21st, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Well done, sir. Just one thing — how about some more Jessica Biel?

  51. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 23rd, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Captain – Thanks!

    Bob – I think that can be arranged.