We have witnessed a speciation event right here on this blog. In the last 24 hours, this blog has gone from being a “marauding marsupial” to being a “large mammal” in the TTLB ecosystem. In this case, however, the event was in fact the result of an intelligent designer. More specifically, it was the result of someone more intelligent than I am telling me that if I added my sitemeter code to the individual entry pages it would more accurately count the number of hits I get each day (because a lot of people who visit my blog follow a link to a specific entry rather than to the front page of the blog). So I did that and my daily hits about doubled, moving me much higher on the TTLB list. The good news for William Gibbons is that there will be no transitional form left behind, so he can continue to believe it didn’t happen. The speciation event was abrupt and sudden, as Gould and Eldredge predicted.
Along those same lines, sometime in the next few days this blog will go over 250,000 hits since its inception. That’s an amazing number to me, and I am truly appreciative that I have so many readers who enjoy my writing and keep coming back to contribute to the discussion and smack me around when I say something dumb. I always go back to this delightful statement from my favorite writer, HL Mencken:
One reason, I believe, is that an author, like any other so-called artist, is a man in whom the normal vanity of all men is so vastly exaggerated that he finds it a sheer impossibility to hold it in. His overpowering impulse is to gyrate before his fellow men , flapping his wings and emitting defiant yells. This being forbidden by the police of all civilized countries, he takes it out by putting his yells on paper. Such is the thing called self-expression…It is the pressing yearning of nearly every man who has actual ideas in him to empty them upon the world, to hammer them into plausible and ingratiating shapes, to compel the attention and respect of his equals, to lord it over his inferiors.
Despite the fact that this is primarily an exercise in egotism, I can sincerely say that I appreciate the feedback and discussion I get from so many well informed and eloquent readers. And the few obnoxious trolls I’ve managed to attract (yes, I’m talking about you, Mr. O’Brien) are at least good for providing amusement. So thanks for helping make this blog bigger than I ever imagined it would be.