8 years…

Gah, hard to believe y’all have put up with me this long!!!

Eight years ago (that’s like 56 internet years) I started this as a way to kill time on the road, and join this little corner of the Intarwebz…

I was burnt out on the gun forums, tired of dealing with the idjits, wannabes, and internet experts.

Little did I know how much it would change my life!

Reconnected with some old friends, made quite a few new ones, got to go shoot in various places with a lot of good folks, and picked up a few loyal followers that actually read my brain drippings. For the three of you, I truly appreciate it! 🙂

I never thought I’d write a book, much less actually SELL any either… LOL

A little over 2820 posts, 38000 plus comments, and over 1 million visits (actually since I dumped site meter my visits mysteriously jumped 400 visits a day to 1200 average) so I figure the actual number is something on the order of 1.5 million.

My thanks to those who’ve linked to me over the years, and I know without your links, I wouldn’t have much of anything.

I’ll do my best to continue putting something up when I can. Thank you for reading, and thanks for the many supporting comments.

And thank you to those who’ve purchased copies of The Grey Man books!


8 years… — 25 Comments

  1. Congrats! This is one of my favorite reads everyday so glad you are sticking around… hopefully even after retirement from your day job. And keep the books coming.

  2. Hey Old NFO;

    I tuned to you quite a few years ago, I had just gotten suspended from Facebook for hurting a liberals feeling by calling him “a brain dead idiot and that they need to harvest the organs so there would be some benefit of the existence to society.” I think it was….well anyway I was a frequent reader of your blog and your example was what I used to start my own blog. So you and Murphy are my blogdaddies. Scary ain’t it. I have enjoyed reading your blog as have my son. You have kept it clean and above board and full of information and humor. You Sir have done well. Keep on blogging.

  3. Glad that you took the plunge and are still keeping up with the blog.
    “Never quit, never surrender” (Galaxy Quest)

  4. Congrats Jim! You’re a “daily stop”, would not miss it for the world. Looking more to many more posts!

  5. Congratulations on the milestone, and on the success of your books. You’re as much fun in person as the others say, and you clean up nice, to boot! 🙂

  6. BZ Jim. Love the many reads. One day we’ll have meet on one of your SoCal trips.

  7. From what I’ve read of The Grey Man: Changes (beta), you have another hit coming down the pike…

  8. Elderly Naval Flying Officer;
    You are welcome, you have earned the replies, comments, suggestions and most importantly, the respect of your readers.
    Thank you for your unique perspective and most definitely, your Gray Man books.


  9. Thank You for writing. It’s comforting to know there are others out there with a like mind.


  10. Well as one of the Captains in my CGSC Staff group was wont to say, “Excellence is its own punishment.” He’s now a 4 star, maybe pithy sayings is a prerequisite.
    But, you have an excellent blog and your Grey Man Series is excellent also. So, enjoy your punishment, you’ve earned it.

  11. Happy Blogiversary!

    And yeah, Sitemeter has been borking my numbers for almost two years now. I likely reached 3 million hits early last year, instead of last month.

  12. Congrats! Good to know and meet you! I gave up counting visits when I dumped Sitemeter, but I’m not numbers driven anyhow which is good because it’s not a lot in my little corner. Maybe I could write a book but I’m not sure what about… 😉