Acceptance and rejoice

9rules, Ahoy!Well. A month (or more?) of waiting has finally paid off.

I have been given a great honor — I am now a member of the 9rules community; a member of the 9rules Personal and 9rules Commentary locker rooms. I’m able to use the free shampoo and the complimentary towels.

What does that mean?

It means that traffic will pick up, that hundreds – nay – thousands of new people will be visiting the lyrical stylings of BMOWP each day. It means that my site, no matter how random and baseless, no matter how rambling and sophomoric, is viewed as a Pretty Good Blog.

I should know. After all, 9rules is a community dedicated to finding good, passionate blogs, where content is king and quality reigns supreme. There are only nine rules, technically:

1. Love what you do.
2. Never stop learning.
3. Form works with function.
4. Simple is beautiful.
5. Work hard, play hard.
6. You get what you pay for.
7. When you talk, we listen.
8. Must constantly improve.
9. Respect your inspiration.

This could be construed as cheesy and a little pansy-like, but I disagree — it’s all about constant improvement and a dedication to what you do. And regardless of what some people think, I’m pretty proud of this accomplishment. This is really about as high as I ever imagined getting while keeping to the modest, strictly personal aspects of Black Marks on Wood Pulp.

I, like most people, enjoy hearing that what I do is appreciated. Now I know it is, and I have proof — the little leaf over there on the right. Really, all I need to do is continue improving myself — my content, my design, and my writing.

Thanks to all at 9rules who have added me onto the pile. And welcome to all of the newsters who are visiting for the first time.

If you’re a Pacers fan, raise your voice. We’re a dying breed.

This was lovingly handwritten on December 20th, 2006