My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.
― Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Well, here I am, and here you are, and we’re about to enter our fourth year together. Obviously, not all of you have been here for the whole ride, though an appreciable number have been and an appreciable fraction of new readers do me the honor of trying to work through the enormous backlog. And it is now truly enormous: 1096 columns, six resource pages, six indexes, three link pages, 30,000+ comments, 600+ subscribers, over 1700 Twitter followers and almost 1.7 million total page views from nearly every country on the globe. And thanks to y’all I’ve been able to do all that without compromise or self-censorship, and have in fact been rewarded with an ever-increasing number of opportunities to spread my message that, as I wrote last year, “most whores really aren’t weird, scary, criminal, stupid, unethical, emotionally disturbed, victimized by men [outside government] …or any of the other dumb stereotypes with which prohibitionists and other moralists constantly libel us.”
Of course, those opportunities do take time out of my schedule, which means less time to generate content. As time has gone by I’ve developed an increasing number of ways to shave work-hours off of my week; the Sunday links columns, the single-question Wednesday Q & A columns, the Friday Cliterati reprints and the regular guest columns are all examples of that, and I’m about to implement two more: my holiday posts will now be more greeting than anything else, and there will be a monthly feature in which I take a look back at my columns for that month three years past. This is necessary in order to keep the (very popular) “From the Archives” feature in the Links columns from growing to unmanageable proportions, and will also help new readers to catch up on essays that are still topical without having to deal with three-year-old news long since superseded. As I explained last week, I also plan to write an e-book this autumn, whose chapters will each be a synthesis of several important columns on particular subjects; that will let new readers catch up painlessly, perhaps attract new readers, and maybe even make a little money.
Well, that’s about it, except for the most important part: a gigantic thank-you kiss to all my readers for visiting, reading, linking, and quoting me. Thanks also for the fan mail, the compliments, the invitations, and the presents, and thanks most of all for your continued support and respect.