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July 09, 2003
IMAO's One Year Blogography
It's my first blogiversary! One year before today I started IMAO, and now I'm well read enough to demand that every blog link to me today or there will be punishment. How did I get to this point? Well, I decided to go back through my blogging history and record my rise to power. Hopefully it will be of interest to anyone thinking of starting their own blog.
August 2nd, 2002: I post about something that has been bothering me for a while, the existence of blue pens, and then pretty much give up on blogging figuring no one will ever read me.
August 13th 2002: I received an e-mail from Ocean Guy about why there are blue pens, and then find my link on his webpage under "Florida Bloggers". My first permalink! Encouraged, I attempt to blog some more.
August 15th 2002: I wrote and added my Nuke the Moon essay, figuring it would be funny thing for any new visitor to my blog.
August 17th, 2002: I add my Brief History of the Gun, adapted from a editorial I had written for my school newspaper. Still not read by anyone, but I start to comment on Little Green Footballs and Right Wing News hoping someone will thing I'm witty and check out my blog.
August 21st, 2002: After suffering a number of days of between 0 and 2 unique visitors, I hit 76 in one day when Geeks with Guns gives me a great feature having really liked my Brief History of the Gun essay and Right Wing News names me Blog of the Day. I am now read!
August 23rd, 2002: I write a silly post mentioning Glenn Reynolds, so I e-mail it to him in the vain hope he'll link to it. It works! My first Instalance! Over 400 visitors in one day. The attention also gained me links from Daily Pundit, Joanne Jacobs, and Amish Tech Support. Later that day I have possibly my best post title ever.
August 27th, 2002: Glenn Reynolds llinks to this post and then quits for the rest of the day for his birthday. I get six short of one thousand visitors, and it stands as my highest day for months to come.
August 29th, 2002: I realize my style of writing humorous commentary means I don't link to other blogs much, so I then have my first Link of the Day. At the time, it was to be a single link of the best thing I read that day on another blog, though later it would become Links of the Day™.
September 2002: I start to get my groove on, but I do mainly small posts compared to what I have today.
September 4th, 2002: My first time to capitalize on the double meaning of Frank.
September 12th, 2002: A little disenfranchised that my traffic seemed stagnant well under a hundred visitors a day, I whine about it on Daily Pundit. I end up getting a lot of attention, especially a nice plug from Emperor Misha I and yet another Instalanche (my last for quite a long time). Regular traffic has a significant increase hereafter.
September 19th, 2002: I start my "These Thing I Believe" page. Man, I haven't added to that in a while.
September 28, 2002: Out of a whim, I make stuff up for a post instead of just doing commentary. Hmm, that was fun.
October 2nd, 2002: A post about the bait and switch in the New Jersey race gets me wide linkage.
October 4th, 2002: Rachel Lucas gives me a huge plug, leading to a big increase in regular readers. Rachel Lucas is a lovely and beautiful woman.
October 7th, 2002: I make the swtich to my own URL, taking IMAO.us since IMAO.com is some Korean company. I was helped significantly in the switch by Rachel Lucas. Did I mention how lovely and beautiful she is?
October 11th, 2002: Again, I make stuff up for a post. That's fun!
October 26th, 2002: Getting really angry at other countries, I make up a press statement where Ari Fleischer says what I wish he would say. I entitle it In My World™. It also has brief mention of Rumsfeld strangling a Frenchman.
October 31st, 2003: By whining, I finally get my Instapundit permalink.
November 2002: Blogging slows down a bit, but posts increase in size.
November 14th, 2002: I suggest bombing France for real. I ended up later having to close comments on this post because it became a huge message board for people hating France or America since the post became the number one Google hit for "bomb france".
November 15, 2002: In my third In My World™ post, I feature Rumsfeld at a press conference. In it is the first appearance of his luger and his Buick. The post is a huge hit.
November 25th, 2002: My first top ten list.
December 2002: A short month of blogging, but posts continue to increase in size (and quality, by my opinion).
Janurary 2003: This is when I really start to take off, finally cracking a thousand visitors in a day, and then continuing to keep that traffic (a look at monthly traffic shows most of my growth happened in this year).
January 15th, 2003: The first appearance of the Rumsfeld Strangler™. D.C. police are baffled.
Janurary 19th, 2003: Fleischer, a gameboy, and Helen Thomas are a huge hit, and, with this post I go into an agreement with John Hawkins that he can put my posts on his webpage in their entirety as long as there is a link back to my page.
Janurary 21st, 2003: First appearance of "Rarr!", though not uttered by Rumsfeld.
February 4th, 2003: Emperor Misha I names me Imperial Secretary of War.
February 5th, 2003: Condoleezza Rice makes her first appearance in an In My World™.
February 7th, 2003: One of my favorite posts, my ever useful Terrorist FAQ.
February 25th, 2003: I get hate mail and e-mail the person back. I wish I got more hate mail.
March 5th, 2003: "Rarr!" finds its proper place in Rumsfeld's mouth.
March 26th, 2003: Laura Bush's first appearance and her conflict with Rice.
March 28th, 2003: First Know Thy Enemy post, quickly becoming a top hit for people search for "Iraqi Republican Guard" (this beginning my getting in the way of useful information). Also begins my making fun of Aquaman.
April 2nd, 2003: First time Cheney gets lost.
April 18th, 2003: My first interview. Was supposed to be weekly, but I couldn't keep coming up with ideas.
April 19th, 2003: By this time, I started to get around 2000 visitors a day on weekdays, long beating the 994 record set by an Instalance a long time back. Still, in my rise to success, I had been ignored by the Blogfather, and hadn't had a link from him in months and months. To get back at him, I told people he put puppies in blenders. Soon he links to me, and now give me an Instalance just short of 10,000 (9,394) which stands as my highest day still.
April 22nd, 2003: I learn if you want real poll results, don't give them a joke answer involving monkeys to vote for.
April 24th, 2003: I write one of my most popular posts ever, my hate letter to Michael Moore.
April 30th, 2003: Thinking it would be funny to have a big military guy talk to kids, I make up a character called Buck the Marine since I couldn't think of any real person to put in his place. I accidentally have him say, "Hoo-rah!" but he is still a big hit.
May 1st, 2003: I have a vote on favorite new characters. Strangely (to me), the unnamed Fox News Reporter wins, though both he (later she) and Buck beat the non sequitur monkey answer in the poll.
May 7th, 2003: I decide to make the unnamed Fox News reporter female.
May 11th, 2003: I think I peaked early with Frank Answers™. Ha ha, Thantor.
June 2nd, 2003: Chomps, the world's angriest dog, makes an appearance in the second part of my first three part In My World™ post for what was supposed to be a one time joke. I liked him so much, though, I brought him back for the conclusion to become Rumsfeld's companion.
June 13th, 2003: My Nuke the Moon t-shirt comes out and I start my contest for a new tagline.
June 20, 2003: My new tagline premieres.
July 9th, 2003: My first blogiversary.
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