What a long, strange 2008 it was

January 3, 2009 by  

As 2009 begins, I just wanted to say thank you to those who helped and affected me in 2008:

Reader and Commenter of the Year

Dgun: We don’t agree on everything, but he’s my most loyal reader and someone I consider a friend. Plus, one out of every three jokes he attempts is a home run.

Frenemy of the Year

Martin Eisenstadt: The crazed neo-con pundit made my life hell and mocked me at every turn. Dan Mirvish and Eitan Gorlin, however, are pretty good guys who spoke highly of me to the New York Times.

Inspiration of the Year

Emru Townsend: Told he had leukemia and a host of other problems, Emru and sister Tamu became advocates for getting people to join the Bone Marrow Donor Program in Canada and the U.S. He helped me and my family, and many others before his valiant fight ended.

Blogosphere Buddies

  • Hugh C. McBride: This blog’s No. 2 commenter and a very funny, smart guy. He absolutely has what it takes.
  • Shakesville: A wonderful blog where I have contributed for nearly two years. Melissa McEwan is just brilliant and a fantastic ally.
  • Mustang Bobby: As good a writer as you’ll find on these intertubez and someone I can always count on.
  • Mike Finnegan: Mike was a supporter of mine early on at Crooksandliars and is someone who just rocks, figuratively and literally.
  • Diane Tucker: A top-notch journalist who has honored me by finding me worthy of being the subject of two of her articles.
  • Kate Harding: Kate has my back and I hope she knows I have hers. I look forward to her upcoming book, “Lessons from the Fatosphere.”
  • Phillip Barron: Pure class and someone I know I can count on. His work on the Lavena Johnson case is an inspiration.
  • Jon Swift: Equal parts talent and heart. Just a really good guy.
  • Blue Gal: If you don`t like Fran, there’s something wrong with you. She’s always there to help.
  • Patricia Hannigan: Want proof that golf writers aren’t all boring? Check out Patricia’s quirky, fun and unique writing.
  • Mark Nessmith: I can honestly say that I’ve never had a better boss.

Other Blog Pals and sites

In no particular order:

Bob, Jen, Random Babble, Rotus, SpoutBlog, Bastard Logic, Ravenwolf68, Sensen No Sen, Sprawled Out, The Church of the Apocalyptic Kiwi, Portly Dyke, Konagod, American Street, Paul Oberjuerge, SourceWatch, FamousDC, InfamousQbert, Huffington Post, Jonathan Turley, Pundit Fight, Democrats Abroad, Corrente, Anonymous Liberal, Alternet, Newsvine, Feministing, Waggleroom, Alan Colmes, The Vanity Press, Tart Juice, Angry Black Bitch, Deeky, VivirLatino, News Hounds, The Truffle, Triporati, Danny Schecter, Sheldon Rampton, Thinking American, The Offside, Hoyden About Town, MacYapper, Jterrygr, John G. McDaid, Andrew Sullivan, Media Bistro, Deadspin, Common Nonsense, Heath Harrison, Tiny Little Dots, Prescott Shibles, Last Syllable, Mother Jones, Blue Herald, Jeff Julliard, Slate, Portfolio, Tiny Cat Pants, Richard Wilson, Philadelphia City Paper, Slog, The Falcon’s Gyre, Blonder and Thinner, Pencader Days, Rawrahs, Cinie’s World, Dan Froomkin, The Daily Background, Witchy Woman, Ten Percent, Kevin Pierce, Michael Calderone, One Pretentious Bastard, The Clog, Dred Tory, The Golf Chick, Soberish, Hitchens Watch, Shouting Match, Christian Agnostic, Northstar Chronicle, The Blue State, Smashed Frog, Night Bird’s Fountain, Dylan Matthews, Historiann, Bookworm, The Sideshow, Litbrit, Endi Thinks, Left Word, Sam Seder, Booman Tribune, Memeorandum, Geoff Shackelford, Steve Silver, Clickmonkey, Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub, Neural Gourmet, Victorville Daily Press, PFC Lavena Johnson, Generation Q, Daily Kos, International Medical Corps, PR Watch, Blue Lyon, Deconstructing the Manifest, Armchair Golfer, Suzie-Q, Mistrel Boy, Sciolistic Factotum, Tofubo, Boing Boing, Brilliant at Breakfast, Alternate Brain, Excuse me for Kicking.

If you feel you’ve been overlooked, let me know and I’ll rectify it. Regardless, thank you all so much. Here’s to a breakout 2009.



13 Responses to “What a long, strange 2008 it was”

  1. Mustang Bobby on January 3rd, 2009 5:02 pm

    Thank you, Bill, but it is you who I should thank for showing me the grace and courage to face the ultimate test of losing a loved one and doing it with the inspiring strength and human-ness that is all too rare in this often shallow and superficial world.

  2. tofubo on January 3rd, 2009 5:23 pm

    too kind, thanks

  3. Bob on January 3rd, 2009 6:10 pm

    Bill, I’ve been busy doing other things and just now getting caught up on the goings on of my InterWebs Tubes friends… I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was obviously a wonderful woman to have raised such a wonderful son. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    May 2009 be full of peace and joy for all of us.

  4. dgun on January 3rd, 2009 7:11 pm

    Thanks Bill. I feel special.

    Let 2009 be the year of WKW.

  5. Blue Gal on January 3rd, 2009 8:26 pm

    Thank you for your kind words. I just found out about your loss and wanted you to know I’m thinking of you and your family.

  6. Melissa McEwan on January 5th, 2009 9:34 am

    just brilliant and a fantastic ally

    Right back atcha, doll.


  7. hugh.c.mcbride on January 5th, 2009 4:38 pm

    Wooooo!!! I’m #2! I’m #2!! I’m #2!!!

    With 360 days betwixt now & the close of 2009, all i can say is “Best be prepared to bring yer ‘A’ game, dgun, cuz i’m a-comin fer ya!”

    In all temporary seriousness, Bill, thanks for another great year of treeemendous blogging — a year in which your skill behind the keyboard was surpassed only by your grace, humanity, & compassion. Anyone who reads your words is lucky for the opportunity, & better for the experience.

    Wishing peace & joy for you & yours in this New Year of ours …

  8. The Armchair Golfer on January 6th, 2009 6:31 pm

    Deeply honored to make Wolfrum’s list. Best to you in 09, Bill.

  9. Sunny on January 7th, 2009 7:00 pm

    I’m honored. Thank you.

  10. Northstar Chronicle on January 7th, 2009 9:50 pm

    As Leonard Nimoy once said, “The world needs laughter”.
    Keep providing it, dude!

  11. Diane Tucker on January 8th, 2009 1:56 pm

    Hey, New York Times, Bill Wolfrum really is….the most fun and inspiring guy to co-author a post with.

    Let’s do it again in ’09, WKW

  12. infamousqbert on January 27th, 2009 12:56 pm

    late to the party, but i just wanted to say thanks for including me in your list. i was very pleasantly surprised to see a linkback from you! i hope 2009 has been good to you so far. yours is a good voice in a world that can be kind of scary.

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