On Monday October 9th, 2006, this blog made it’s first appearance. It was named ‘Chewing the Fat’ at the time because I thought it funny and because I hoped it would, assure people that I knew who I was, what I looked like and that I was good with saying it out loud. Over time I came to dislike the name and changed it, with a fair bit of protest, to ‘Rolling Around in My Head’ because that suited me. I never anticipated being at blogging for this long and, of course, I grew and changed and along came the next name, ‘Of Battered Aspect,’ a name that I’m still fond of even though few others are … but then, its my blog.

Why all this reminisce?

This is my 4000th published blog. There are nine blogs that were either written to be published in a later that never came or that I took down because I decided that I no longer wanted them to be associated with me.

I’ve thought a bit about what to write for this blog and I simply couldn’t decide.

It feels momentous to me but, it’s just a blog.

It feels a bit pompous to be celebrating the thinnest of accomplishments.

This blog has served as a personal diary, as a record of my journey as a disabled, gay, fat, man. It has also given me a forum to bring forward issues that trouble me or excite me or pique my interest.

But most of all, it’s given me connection to an amazing group of readers. I enjoy meeting those who read my blog and chatting with them about their reaction to what I think and what I choose to write about. Those of you who have introduced yourselves to me are a fine bunch, those who I know from comments are equally fine. You have challenged me, told me I’m wrong and invested this blog with life.

So here we all are, years later, 4000 posts later.

I thank you for your time and your attention and your thoughts. Thanks for pushing me to grow. Thanks for being here today to read this.

4000 posts.

Wow. And wow, indeed.

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