I have been amazed. Humbled even. At times, dumbstruck ... but also exhilarated. I have watched from time to time as my Technorati ranking inches higher and the number of links increase. Early on, Ann Handley gave me the opportunity to contribute to MarketingProfs which made me write a bio, upload a photo and start using my own name rather than the mysterious "Servant of Chaos". I have been mentioned as hovering somewhere on the edge of Mack Collier's Top 25 Marketing Blogs (wow, cool). A little while ago Liz Strauss awarded me an SOB, and Todd And recently decided to expand (and automate) his Power 150 to include non-US sites such as Russell's blog, Brand Tarot, Adliterate and Servant of Chaos.
While I am pleased to be mentioned alongside all these great blogs it still amazes me that through blogging it is possible to reach out, engage and become friends with people from all over the world. As David Armano recently said to me "My blog life is far more glamourous than my real life" -- me too!
I checked Technorati today and found that I am close to having 500 inbound blog links. This seems to me to be a milestone of some kind. Much of this, I feel, is a result of the phenomenal Z-list ... and may evaporate in the next 90-180 days, but it is nice while it lasts!
Having said that, one of the most fascinating things that can be done is to follow the hypertext love back through the web. By doing this I have found some amazing and exciting blogs and "met" a wide range of people from Europe to India, across the US and even here in Australia (just check my blogroll -- I do almost every day). I am sure that a big blog party has to be on the cards soon!
So, I was thinking about what it means to turn 500, and wondering how best to celebrate. It is clear that there are many people who read my posts but don't leave comments -- and probably have been doing so for some time. So ... I am thinking I will take a leaf out of Pauly's book and open up the chaos to a guest blogger. All you got to do is be the 500th inbound blog link -- then come back here and leave me a comment. Scary? Maybe not for you, but probably for me!
Oh, and if you want to be a Hollywood Star, get your own here.