Five Years: A Brief Memoir

Whether you’ve been with us from the start or you’re just jumping on now, welcome! It’s been five years (and a few weeks) since we first started up our little blog, way back on September 9th, 2010. For those of you keeping score at home, here are some stats for you on just what that means:

Over the past five years, we’ve had:

274 posts published (this will be 275)
10,626 views
4,864 visitors since WordPress started logging them in 2012
375 likes
137 comments

When we started this blog, we were three high school seniors who wanted something to keep them entertained. I don’t know that any of us thought we’d come as far as we have. We’ve interacted with authors and bloggers, we’ve been Freshly Pressed, and maybe we’ve even taught something to someone out there. In the real world, we’re a college graduate who by this point probably doesn’t remember ever posting on here (lookin’ at you, emptynight), a soon-to-be graduate whose photography skills got us noticed and who continues to tackle the tough issues like sports and society (and given typoattack’s name graces our URL, it’s only right he got us noticed), and a derailed student working retail to get back on his feet (and doing quite well right now, thank you very much). Back when we started, is this where we saw ourselves heading in five years? For my part… no, no it’s not. I can’t speak for my fellow bloggers, but I imagine life’s spun them around in ways they didn’t expect either. Would I change it, though? That’s the real question.

And I think the answer isn’t as simple as we’d like to believe. There’s no yes or no here. We all have things we’d like to change. But who can say if changing them would change us for the better? Who can say if each of us would be any happier if we changed the past?

But as far as 13/31 goes, it’s safe to say that I wouldn’t change anything (well, maybe I’d give us, especially emptynight, a bit more motivation to write more often). We’ve done so much more than we set out to do, and for my part I’m looking forward to continuing that trend. It’s been five years of reviews, jokes, and introspection. Five years of discovering our personal beliefs and philosophies and watching them grow and change. From the first posts we made everything has been leading up to this moment. Whether it’s been a distraction, a place to vent, or a place to work through and share our opinions, 13/31 has been a home for us and has meant something special to each of us in one way or another. And I think I speak for all three of us when I offer my hopes that our humble blog has been, or will be, a similar haven for you.

Here’s to five years with the best co-bloggers a guy could ask for, and here’s to the next five, whatever they may bring.

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