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05 February 2008 @ 09:13 am
Five Years  
Big day for a tuesday. Not only is it both Super Tuesday and Fat Tuesday, it's also the fifth anniversary of this here blog. That's right... five years I've been doing this. That's a pretty long time in internet years, isn't it?

The blog was conceived at a bar called Tritone, much encouraged by drinks and an LJ-invite from my bartender and friend Kelly. Looking back, the early entries were frankly pretty boring and a lot of the photos from the first six months are now gone because I was a crazy little hotlinker. But in July of 2003, the lovely and talented exacademic opened the gates of his noble country and allowed our images a place of permanent refuge.

Originally, I didn't really have much of a personal nature that I wanted to share so I was determined to write the entire blog in the character of Ass Monkey. But as early as August of that year bits of my actual life were occasionally creeping bloglike into it. The whole writing-in-character thing pretty much culminated in the kidnapping saga (12/17/03 to 01/15/04), when my evil twin brother Declan hijacked the blog, converting it to suit his own twisted fetish.

By spring of 2004, I was pretty much blogging in the current style, but then tragedy struck in April when a harddrive crash wiped out my entire Ass Monkey archive. I gave considerable thought to quitting at that point, but ultimately vowed to rebuild the empire. In March of 2005, I got briefly written up by Fleshbot, which led to a surge in readership. There must have been a few mentions on Russian websites too because every so often a new wave of Russian LJs discover me.

During the first couple years, there were occasional theme days like "Do Not Touch My Butt Day" and "Fishnets Week," but on February 6th, 2004 (just after the first anniversary), I started the first of the weekly features: Fantassy Fridays, featuring great old illustrations by folks like Frazetta, Vallejo, Petty and Vargas. Unfortunately by the end of that year I had allowed it to putter out. I'm thinking that maybe I should start it up again.

The second weekly feature stared shortly thereafter, when I finally realized how much you guys likes the vintages photos I occasionally posted, so on April 28th, 2004, I innaugarated Wayback Wednesday, which is still going strong and possibly the most popular day of the week.

Then last summer, I made my 1000th post and received my 5000th comment.

Listening to: Talking Heads - "Dream Operator"
themacguffin on February 5th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
and people wonder why Barbara Walters always asks what sort of tree you would want to be...
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: fishingassmonkeydiary on February 5th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Definitely the climbing kind.
Another one of the birds: pic#69515785acardart on February 5th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
all of the themed days sound like fun and i must admit that i never noticed a pattern...
I really enjoy the vintage shots which i think i swiped from you to make this icon
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue bottleassmonkeydiary on February 5th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Haha... that was a fun one.
traballenguastraballenguas on February 5th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Oh NO!!!
You started on the Day of Shame!


Congrats anyway!
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on February 5th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh NO!!!
I responded to the Day of Shame by indulging in shameless bottom blogging.
traballenguastraballenguas on February 5th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh NO!!!
Yeah! That will show them. Five years with our collective ass hanging in the wind...
Blakehaze on February 5th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
My memory says that you found and added me as a friend two or three years ago (this may or may not be true). This is where I thank you for showing me your wonderful journal and congratulate you on your success. Of course if I'm wrong you can still have the thanks and congratulations!

Keep it up for another five long internet years and somebody might give you an award. I think it could happen.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: Ape vs. Jet Girlassmonkeydiary on February 5th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks, man. I can't really remember how I first ran across you. You must have made an interesting comment on some other blog that I was reading at the time.
doNUT!donutgirl on February 5th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
I liked the old days when you'd occasionally post funny asses or animal asses as well as sexy asses.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on February 5th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
You have a long memory!
micah: shirin neshatlaerm on February 5th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
heyyyyy, congratulations. i think you came into my life - or, should i say, backed into my life - towards the end of '04. i can't imagine you blogging under a guise. i think that'd be sort of corny. i always find i lose interest in that type of blog shortly before the writer does, and both are usually fairly quick.

how long have you been doing the best of 20XX polls? it'd be interesting to see a best of the best of. then again, maybe i just like polls. then again then again, maybe it's just the polling in the air today.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: aqua chairassmonkeydiary on February 5th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
I've just done the best of for the past two years, but I'm thinking of running some brief contests to determine the best ones from the 2003-5 so that we can have a big battle of the yearly bests sometime around the 8th or 10th anniversary.
...: Peanut Butter Jelly Guidowyndebreaker on February 5th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
And yet you have only begin to scratch the surface (heh) of the world's beautiful asses.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: red cameraassmonkeydiary on February 6th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, in the beginning I was worried that I'd run out of pics, but now my archives and downright overflowing.
captian_whamo on February 5th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
woo hoo!
i have to say, i have been a reader of this journal twice. i cancelled my first account, but had to come back for the way back wednesdays. (i have a collection of them on my computer for when i need a pick me up.) your doing a great service here to those creative ass lovers with nill in computer savvy. keep up the good work sir. i hope it sticks around for a long time still....
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on February 6th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: woo hoo!
Thanks. I splurged on a lifetime account, so we'll see....
hopefoothopefoot on February 5th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
You rock.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ape in icelandassmonkeydiary on February 6th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
You scissors!
zantimisfit on February 5th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
Happy Blog-iversary. I can't believe I didn't find you sooner since we have one of those 6 degrees of separation things going on. I'm sending you an blog-ivesary gift via email.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue statueassmonkeydiary on February 6th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Ha! Just got it... awesome!
Pallaspallasathene8 on February 5th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
I'm totally going to make the 10,000th comment.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue poolsideassmonkeydiary on February 6th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
You could just keep hitting the reply button over and over and have it done in one night!
orcaarroworcaarrow on February 6th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
A much more important date, as far as I'm concerned. I hope that you have another 20 more wonderful years.

Thank you for your posts.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on February 6th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Twenty more years of me complaining about the weather!
Kegboykegboy on February 6th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
Found this, thought of you.
I think its about time the audience give something back to the host.

Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green grassassmonkeydiary on February 6th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Heh... stupid work internet won't let me see it! I'll have to check it out when I get home.
Kegboy: art1kegboy on February 6th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
might not be the stupid internet. When I click on the click I dont see anything but when I c/p the address into the address bar it turns up. Strange.