Sunday, June 07, 2009

Sunday Musing: The Road To 1000

As I prepare this post, it will number in the 990's. Part of me had hoped that I would have already posted number 1000, but everything comes in it's own time.

Having so many posts allows me at times to put up "classic" posts where I may do some simple edits to make it a bit more relevant, or just a "Cliff Note" to explain when I first posted it. In posting, I'm always reviewing my old posts, some I view as a proud father, others are just there for posterity. Then there are those that stick out like a sore thumb, like my first few.

This is how I "signed on" on August 26, 2006"
"Okay this is the beginning of a new blog.

Who am I? I've posting on several internet forums under the name of 74WIXYgrad. I use that name since I graduated from the WIXY School of Broadcast Technique in 1974. Most people who post with me simply refer to me as WIXY, and that's cool. I consider it to be an honor to be associated with one of the legendary Top 40 stations of all time.

WIXY's gone bananas was a promotion of WIXY/1260 in Cleveland, Ohio in late 1973, and since I will be speaking my mind at times, I felt that that was an appropiate title for this blog.

This won't be just about radio. Maybe very little. If you want radio news I suggest you go to Ohio Media Watch, as he will do a much better job than I can.

This may be about my faith, as I make no bones about being a Born Again Christian. It may be about auto racing, as I am a NASCAR fan. It may be just about anything.

My first group of readers were those from the message boards, many of which at one time or another made a living in electronic media. At the time I was wondering how I could realize a life long dream of being on the radio. I take pride in the fact that I still dream, even past the age of fifty. King Solomon wrote that the people who don't have a vision(dream) will perish. Little did I realize that much of my dream will be realized as I sit writing this blog.

The first couple hundred posts were aimed at a mostly local audience. As I wrote last Sunday, there were even some that I emailed to The Post. Most of those, after some editing, were written in the paper with me getting the byline. Now I had friends from the message boards as well as proud band parents reading this. I was also read by friends who wondered if I could write.

July, 2007, I started going national. I also discovered the power of promotion as I became friends with Liquid. Had it not been for her friendship and friends, I may not have made it to 300. I also found out around then that I could get some readers with some controversy. Those readers were temporary. It was the permanent ones that taught me the most important thing was to be myself,

I wondered if I would keep people from coming around when I wrote about my life and you did. You faithfully came around to read my band show reports. You supported me when I took two weeks to write posts about my younger brother when he passed away last year. You came here and helped welcome new friends here. And we all mourned the loss of Liquid.

You chuckle at my stories, laugh at my jokes, and compliment my poetry. You have helped me realize my dream of communicating. You have also helped me reach out to an international audience.

So to those who come here, my personal friends, those I have met through the message boards, and other bloggers, the road to 1000 has been easy to travel with all of you coming along.

And in case you are wondering, this is post 991.


clean and crazy said...

it is such an honor and pleasure to read your blog,and your comments and i just love when you get me on my soap box. have a great weekend and congratulations on 991!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love how your blog has evolved...just like you. We all learn and grow and this happens with open minds and hearts.
Keep on, keepin' on!

WZZP said...

Can't wait until 1000! I have read them all.

Mike Golch said...

Cliff,Great posting I look forward to you 1,000 th post as well.Me I got a ways to go yest I only have posted at total of 919 on my site.

Margaret said...

Quite an achievement. Your 1000th is just around the corner.

Diane Vogel Ferri said...

Congrats on the upcoming landmark! I'm inching towards 500 and just when I think there are no more ideas - a little grace appears and there is something to write about again!

Syd said...

Thanks for being here Cliff. You always have something good to say.

Pat Jenkins said...

great post wixy!! and happy 991. i say at 1000 we have a roast in your honor!!!.. he he...

74WIXYgrad said...

No, but you could have a barbecue.

Pat Jenkins said...

roast or nothing!!!