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2009: A Year to Remember at VS

Morgen on December 31, 2009 at 8:40 am

This was going to be one of those ponderous year-in-review posts talking about how a couple of regular guys blogging in their spare time had a real impact on the national debate in 2009. With self-congratulatory references to our work related to healthcare reform, Justice Sotomayor’s nomination, and the resignation of Van Jones among other things.

But I’m not going to subject you to that. (At least not any more than I just did.)

What I really want to say is a simple “thanks”. Thanks to all of our readers, new and old, for taking time out of your busy schedules to read what we have to say. Even if only on occasion. Being relatively new to the blogging world, I’ve only recently come to appreciate how crowded the blogosphere is. With an incredible number of talented people, and many, many great sources for political news and information.

Thanks especially to our regular readers who have stuck with us through more posts about the public option then I dare count, and who have consistently enlivened the blog with their commentary. And a special thanks to Geoffrey Britain who is one of the best commentators I’ve seen anywhere and who has begun contributing blog posts on occasion.

I also want to express my appreciation to a number of other bloggers and pundits who have supported our efforts throughout the year. Ed Morrissey and Allah at Hot Air above all – but also Jim Hoft (Gateway Pundit), Ace of Spades, Scott Baker from Breitbart TV, Doug Ross, and James Taranto from the WSJ. And Elizabeth Crum who is the wisest conservative I am fortunate enough to know, and who was also solely responsible for one of the highlights of our year. There are too many other great blogs – large and small – who have supported us this year to try to mention. But a sincere thanks to all of you. We would be toiling away in relative obscurity without your generosity and support.

Above all I want to say a huge thanks to one of the founders of Verum Serum, John Sexton. We are fortunate enough in life to meet only a small number of people through random events that are destined to become life-long friends. John was my original inspiration for dabbling at this whole blogging thing, and has encouraged me at every step of the way. While some of you may have first wandered over here based on a video or other tidbit of information that I put out there, John is the real talent behind everything you see here. Not only visually, but he is also a far better and more entertaining writer than I could ever hope to be. And I am truly privileged to know him.

2009 won’t be remembered as the best of years. The economic and political climate combined to create a lot of distress and anxiety over the future for most of us. But out of adversity springs opportunity, and with the hard work and dedication of freedom-loving Americans around the country I truly believe we can begin to turn things around next year. Perhaps dramatically.

So I’m looking forward to a great 2010, and hope you will choose to follow it with us here on VS.

Happy New Year and may God bless you and your family in 2010.

John Adds: Been up for an hour but just finished scanning the headlines. I came to check the blog and was surprised by this post. Thanks for all the kind words.

Of course now I feel like a mercenary saying kind things in return, but they have to be said. And since you’ve said them in public, I think I will as well.

We try to stick to the truth here and the truth is that I probably would have had another okay year of decent but not exciting growth, with maybe a few minor breakthrough moments if not for Morgen. As it is, this year has been an amazing roller coaster. I’ll never forget the night we sat there (in our respective homes, over e-mail) watching the White House fumble out a response on Sotomayor, knowing that we (really that he) had changed the national debate. Add to that the subsequent Atlantic profile, the offer to guest lecture at a local college, the invitation to Western CPAC where we had a chance to meet Ed Morrissey, Jim Hoft and Andrew Breitbart, the chance to guest post on Big Government, and of course the fact that our traffic has tripled in a year. What a rush. And as you can see above, despite having a year that few bloggers at any level could claim, Morgen remains unfailingly generous. That’s a rare combination.

If 2010 turns out to be half as exciting for VS as 2009, it’ll be worth all the effort. So on with the show.

Scott Adds: Since John jumped in, I guess it’s OK if I do as well!

I haven’t been around much on the blog this year.  This has been an extremely tough year for a couple reasons, and during the last 12 months I just haven’t been able bring myself to do much writing on the blog.  I am confident that 2010 will be a better year and that I will be able to spend some time trying to catch up to what John and Morgen are putting up at VS on an almost a daily basis.  As my interests lie less in the pure political and more at the crossroads where culture, faith, science, theology and politics meet, I will continue to focus my attention there.

And speaking of John and Morgen, I would like to thank both of those guys.

Morgen:  You have been a fantastic addition to Verum Serum and I truly do thank God for the fortuitous turn of events that connected you and John. Your research wizardry is truly phenomenal.  You have influenced the national dialog on a host of issues and you have added truth and insight where, at times, it was severely lacking out in the “real” world.  And you have raised the profile of VS significantly, which is certainly a good thing and greatly appreciated.

John:  When we started Verum Serum a few years ago, neither of us had ANY idea that it would become as big as it has (with more growth to come, Lord willing).  Remember how excited we were when we actually began to get comments from people and the dialogs began?  And how thrilled we were when we crossed the 10,000 hit threshold and then the 100,000 hit mark?  You continue to impress me with the depth and breadth of your knowledge and understanding from the serious to the mundane to the hysterical.  I count myself blessed to call you, not just my blogging partner, but my close friend and brother and I look forward to the years to come to see what else happens in the world of VS.

Cindy Adds: It has been quite a remarkable year indeed, and I have enjoyed watching the excitement from just inside the periphery. Although I haven’t contributed as much as I’d like, I sincerely appreciate the fact that I am allowed the freedom to post when I can.

Thanks for pushing the envelope guys. You all inspire me on different levels to challenge myself and my understandings at various times, and that’s an admirable trait to have in good friends and colleagues.

Here’s to an exciting 2010!

Now, let the countdown begin…

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