Though I’m rarely at a loss for words, none in my vocabulary are sufficient to express the gratitude I feel for all of y’all who choose to spend some of your valuable time with me every day, and without whose attention, praise and support none of this would have been possible. – Maggie McNeill
Six years! Who would ever have believed it? By the end of my first few months I was already concerned that I wouldn’t be able to keep doing this every day, and yet despite a much busier schedule than I had back then, I’m still managing it. Sure, the columns are shorter on average, and I’ve got a lot more low-effort features than I used to, but given that I’m escorting full-time again and doing a fair amount of travel, it could hardly work any other way. So let’s look at the numbers, as is my custom on this annual occasion: the blog now contains almost 2200 posts, 92 assorted pages, and almost 47,000 comments; I have over 1900 subscribers and over 9000 Twitter followers, and a total of over 4.8 million page views from all over the world. I’ve also seen my work published in Cato Unbound, Reason and the Washington Post, and have done so many interviews, speaking engagements, consultations and other such work that I’ve completely lost count. My name has been widely recognized in the demimonde and in sex-positive and libertarian circles for years now, and once in a while I even get recognized by someone in the community at large due to my TV appearances or the New York Times Magazine cover. Guys writing me for appointments often use words like “famous”, “legend” or even “icon”, and if someone who hasn’t heard of me seems nervous that I might be a cop or fraud, I just reply with, “Dude, Google me“. In fact, you can even Google me naked and get a lot of applicable results, which is not something most people can say. I know I’ve been promising to get another book out for several years now, and I’m still really planning to do that. But in the meantime, I’m just going to keep on keepin’ on, and using my increasing fame to keep spreading the word that sex work is work, that sex workers are human beings deserving of human rights, and that prohibitionists are nothing but bigots trying to hide a moralistic agenda under a cloak of lies and spurious concern.