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July 09, 2007
Five Years of IMAO
Posted by Frank J. at 09:05 AM | View blog reactions | Comments (16)

Five years ago today I said to myself, "There are things out there that need to be said that no one else is saying." So I got my own blog. Soon I realized that the things I had to say that no one else was saying were really stupid, but people read it anyway.

Five years later, the question is, "What now?" I haven't made much of a deal about it, but while we've been getting our house ready to sell so we can move to Texas (which has taken longer than we thought), this blog has been my only job. I've come to realize that as I've been writing humor since I was nine and following politics since I was twelve, this is my real calling. Thus, I want to devote more time to blogging to do all the pieces, podcasts, and video I previously didn't have time for. My wife, the lovely and talented SarahK who I met through blogging, is very supportive of the idea and has been pushing me to really work on being a writer, and now seems as good a time as any to take my best stab at doing this pro.

What does that mean to you? It means you can expect more blogging content out of IMAO. Also, I plan to finally get to work on some other parts of it such as finally adding a blogroll again. Later, I'm going to start some new blogs because there are some other topics I've wanted write about but I want to keep IMAO focused only on humor and politics (I'll post more about the new blogs later).

So what can you do to help? Well, you may have noticed that one of the most popular IMAO features has returned: The tip jar! This is an extra special tip jar, because I'm not going to share its contents with the other IMAO writers (Harvey will continue to get his thin gruel and he'll like it!). For this week, there is going to be a special super fun IMAO fundraiser. If you've enjoyed IMAO, now you can donate money towards helping me be a full time blogger; basically you'll be giving money to help me blog even more. Plus, you'll find giving a gift to me makes you feel good inside, and everyone likes to be happy.

Plus, there's a super prize package! So super, I'm calling it...


Each dollar you donate before 11:59PM eastern time on Friday gives you one entry towards this:

You could win all this plus a mystery prize!

The package includes:

* The Never Before Seen Frank J. Meets the Hate-Filled Lefty Comic: You'll own the only copy of an original HFL comic (signed and dated to IMAO fifth anniversary). You can either share it with everyone or burn it after you finish reading it to keep all its humor glory to yourself!

* A Unique Signed Copy of Chronicles of Dubya: It's unique and one of a kind because the cover printing is crooked. A collector's item!

* Die Hard 2-Disc Collector's Edition: We got a second copy when we bought the Die Hard box set, so you can have this one. As a service to you, the plastic wrap and security tape have already been removed.

* A Mystery Prize: Will it be a bar of gold? Something one of the cats tore up? Diamonds? Who knows; its a mystery. It's whatever you imagine it to be (but more precisely whatever SarahK and I later decide it to be).

With all these prizes, you may ask why not award multiple donors? Well, when I had the t-shirt babe contest, I didn't also marry Willow and Serenity; it's winner take all. So donate today so you may win this fabulously awesome prize package!

Expect plenty more extra-special blogging the rest of the day, and more cool blogging and videos the rest of the week. I hope you continue to enjoy IMAO as we now enter our next five years. Democrats still are in office, hippies roam the streets with impunity, monkeys continue to live, and the moon has not been nuked, so there is still much work to be done.

Be honorable, ronin.

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