It was one year ago today — after eighteen months lurking around the blogs of Noah, Puzzle Doctor, Rich, Sergio, and TomCat — that I finally settled on a title for an undertaking of my own, registered on WordPress, put up this opening salvo, and then sat back and thought…er, so what happens now?
What has happened is that a lot of you have turned up, embraced my almost deliberately awkward corner of detective fiction — virtually no living authors, nothing after 1959 that isn’t an obscure and dense puzzle, a rejection of a great deal of the accepted classics from the era I do deign to read…seriously, it’s a wonder anyone comes here at all — and have digested my ramblings, lurked around some, commented, engaged, cajoled, and generally encouraged me to keep writing about what I love.
Suffice to say, if none of that had happened then I would have packed it in (The Invisible Event was always half-chosen as a wry title, in the event of its failure) and gone about my life as before. But I would have missed out on a decent slice of the intelligence, the erudition, the insight, the humour, the community, and the sheer enthusiasm that you all bring to these discussions both here and elsewhere. Watching it from the sidelines was a lot of fun, playing the game has been even better.
So, today’s post in lieu of a review is to say thank-you. To everyone who dropped in once, looks in every so often, lurks regularly, to those who check every post, comment obsessively, whether you pay any attention to my opinions or not: thank-you. I know I’m not changing the world, but I do hugely enjoy doing this and it’s been a real pleasure to engage in the blogging community on a topic that you’ve helped make me appreciate even more over these twelve months.
You guys are awesome, and I hope we get to continue doing this for a long while yet.