This is the 1000th post to Best of Wikipedia.
I initially thought of highlighting an impressive page on Wikipedia—maybe something detailing its origin—but nothing was substantial enough. Celebrating the thousandth post of content (links, not meta posts like this) may have been more logical, but having this go up as the post counter hits “1000” is going to give me a happy feeling. A thank you, which later seemed obvious, seems fitting. As always, please forgive the meta post. It’s only the fourth of a thousand total!
I want to thank every single person that emailed me personally when the site went into hiatus (all of the times) when I burned out updating. That number finally went to around 1000. I want to thank everybody who emailed to offer help. That number went to around another 300. Those of you that sent emails checking to see if I needed money, if my health and family were OK or if I was still alive—I can’t believe so many strangers could care. I want to thank everybody who wanted to pay some kind of membership fee to keep things running. BoW has been open and advertising-free since day one, and I can’t imagine changing that. I lost count long ago of these messages on other social media besides email.
I want to thank the Tumblr team for highlighting us on Radar, their staff blog and other spotlights. In fact, I want to thank Tumblr for Tumblr—the platform catapulted BoW’s popularity with its social features. This is besides your horrendous posting queue management system. If you’re unsure what the problem is, please email me and I’d be glad to detail an elaborate structure on what’s wrong. I think Tumblarity was a better idea than you got credit for, and I miss the metrics that I can’t seem to get anymore.
I want to thank all the blogs (major or not), newspapers, magazines and other websites that linked to BoW. I’m still receiving traffic from many of you. I want to thank each and every single reblog, like, retweet, Reader share, forum post etc. You guys are basically how BoW got this kind of popularity. I remember the days when I could actually thank retweets because the community was thirty people. It astounds me how many of you there are that want to share what is posted now, and how little time I get to react to posting mistakes. Post to first like/reblog/retweet is measured in seconds on the average post.
I want to thank each and every submission, whether we managed to get to you or not. You guys kept this site going when we ran out of wiki, when we burnt out and when we got fed up. If you’re one of the regular submitters (you know who you are), please, let me know where on earth you are, and if I am ever in the vicinity, I want to buy you a beer. Email, twitter, whatever. I’m serious about this, I travel a lot. If you’re one of the submitters that formats the submission in the way I post it, I owe you a hug. Over almost a thousand posts, that’s a lot of saved time. If you’re one of the hundreds of submissions that are either in perpetual queue, were repeats (unknowingly), were not selected, were missed or just didn’t make it on the site for whatever reason, know that you have my undying gratitude regardless. If you’ve submitted even once, whether it made it on to the site or not, know that your submission, formatted or not, was met with a whisper and sigh of thanks. I want to thank all of you that post messages of excitement on various social media when your submissions make it live. It’s amazing that a little thing like that makes a difference like it does.
I want to thank Jimmy Wales and the Wikimedia team for Wikipedia. I got through college primarily because of you and what you’ve created. BoW is just a non-licensed greatest hits of what your work has achieved. A decade of the free exchange of the greatest collection of human knowledge on earth is not something to be taken lightly. Your vision for Wikipedia, the Commons and the Wikimedia project in general is why I’ve refused every advertising or commercialization offer I’ve received. I wish I still had the time to edit and add to Wikipedia as much as I did before. I want to thank every editor on Wikipedia. I guess you’re technically more important than Jimmy, since you are the brains behind the esoteric and the wonderful that I love highlighting here.
I want to thank Annie, who generously created BoW’s original and still-used logo. I hope I told you that it looks fantastic. I want to thank Laurie, who stepped in and took the reigns of my baby when I was too tired and busy and stuck in life to handle the community. You saved this site. I can’t imagine you feel any less proud and amazed at what we have here than I do.
I want to thank every single person that reads BoW. There are, as of this morning, 18,000+ followers on Tumblr, 6,000+ followers on Twitter, 2,000+ RSS subscribers and many tens of thousands of monthly visitors to the website. I currently have around 250 submissions waiting in the official queue, and god knows how many more on email and Twitter. I know there are plenty of other hobbyist websites that garner significantly more traffic than that, but it doesn’t matter to me. What I have is more special than all of that. Every bit of effort over the past two years has been for all of you. The growth of this community has been outstanding; far beyond what I imagined when I started this as a link blog to catalog interesting Wikipedia articles when I was bored one summer.