and now a very nice comment from a reader and an unrelated pic of a beautiful canadian girl

etienne on the beach waiting for me

theres two things that have kept this blog rolling for ten years

1. the unbelievable support and sweet comments from a wide variety of readers like you

2. canada

so here is an excerpt of a comment from mr. Derek Shanahan of vancouver bc

accompanied by a picture of young etienne of montreal quebec when she was chillin in chile

As someone who’s been blogging forever now, and met at least 500 bloggers in person, much less found and treasured a very long list of wonderful writers and innovators online over the years (…and started the largest personal blogger community for young adults in the world, with 18,000 personal bloggers), I can unquestionably say that this has been and remains my favorite blog in the world. It’s my blueprint for what great blogging is about.

The obvious thought leadership is one thing; the reliable and consistant posts, imagery, revolving headers, blogroll, money raising experiments, live blogging, topical variety…the list is endless. The other thing, though, is the courageous writing…the simple way you say incredibly introspective and accessible stuff.

thank you so much Derek.

people think once you hit a million readers, two million readers, a gazilion comments, or whatever that suddenly your self esteem probs go away. HA!

HA i say!

every nice word matters. it doesnt last long cuz the part of the brain that tells you youre an asshole dipwad never runs out of batteries. but it is very nice to read no matter what.

yes the newest redesign of the busblog does not accommodate some of the features you mentioned from the former incarnation like weird sidebars and new headers, and im done with the money making schemes. but im glad you appreciate the writing, which often gets overlooked when people talk about successful writing.

please canada can you just invade us already and get it over with.

a brief early history of the weirdest blog to last ten years

the busblog was born at this desk at E! today in 2001 during a government-mandated 15-minute break.

i was bored, depressed, and hoping that a blog about a single man riding the bus in LA would impress the ladies.

and lead to fame, fortune, and a wildly successful career in journalism.

because i hated my job at E!  i didnt care if i got fired, so i blogged about sex drugs politics rock music

and pretended i worked as an undercover superhero who flew a helicopter around LA for a group called the xbi.

tall tales were told about dating anna kournikova, mariah carey, and several nba cheerleaders.

lame right? right! but somehow the busblog became popular within several weeks.

like really popular.

popular cam girls at the time (teenage bloggers with great design and little content) had amazon wishlists

and their readers would buy them gifts off those lists and even send them money via PayPal

so i told my readers, “we know you give money to these girls who you have no chance with

who arent nearly as funny and prolific as i am so you may as well flow the busblog too.”

those days the readers bought me iPods, Amazon wishlist items, anything.

(eventually they even bought me the car i drove around the country in.)

and in three weeks one month i ended up with a trip to aruba, all from lots of small donations via the busblog.

after a while i wanted to give something back to people who donated money. but like the little drummer boy, what did i have to give?

i had all this busblog content, most of it was disposable, but some of it was evergreen enough for a book. i asked the kids in a blogpost in 2002 what i should name a book made of blog posts, and Jeff Jarvis of the mighty buzzmachine  in the comments said, “Blook“,

i went to a copy shop and made the first blook (pictured, right).

A few years later the Oxford Dictionary added it, and named the word “blook” as the runner up for Word of the Year.  yes, seriously.

the next year a company called Cafe Press, known for letting people make small batches of tshirts and stickers started letting people make their own books online.

i was still at E! i still hated it. i walked a couple hundred feet to eonline and i told them the truth, which was the busblog was getting more comments and more traffic than anyone on eonline. please let me quit working in my part of e, and let me blog About e from a comfy desk at eonline.

they said no. but before they said no they asked me for all of my blogging secrets. at first i was gonna tell them where to go.

but because i was still riding the bus at the time, and because someone offered to drive me home that day, and because that person was running late

i wrote up a long list of Dos and Don’t to blogging that i knew eonline would never understand and i named that post

How to Blog.

and the skies opened up. that post quickly became a hit. within hours it was viral.

sure not everyone can do all of the tips, not even me, and some of the rules arent apropos for today, but some of the guidelines still ring true

26. dont be afraid to come across as an asswipe. own your asswipeness.

the next year at SXSW the “How to Blog” post won a Bloggie award for best blogpost about blogging

that award inspired me to put together a new blook called How to Blog which is a story all its own.

that book was selling so fast that Cafe Press wanted me to get permission from Shepard Fairey to use the striking image of Andre the Giant.

i was all, hey thats a picture of street art. he’d like it if we all had one of those things on every book there was.

they were all, then fine, get his permission. so i blogged about it, and i got emails from readers saying “heres sheps secret email address.”

and in 1 day i had my permission, and How to Blog was out there for good.

suddenly a book agent was emailing me, and i had two book deals, one for a blog book for adults and one for  “young adults”.

i was all, young adults as you call them are the last people who need a book on blogging. the publisher was like

their parents and grandparents will see the book in the book store and give it to the kid. trust us. anyways what would you name it if you were gonna take this money as an advance and write a book for young adults?

and i said “How to Blog Better than your Stupid Friends”

and they said please let us give you money to write these books.

and i said, no thank you. i blog.

on the coolest blog of all times.

more tales later…

happy birthday busblog

nothing in here is true on jeopardy

its 2:44am. hi. you’re 10 yrs old.

i was trying to make you a super special indepth retrospective of 10 freakin years of rock n roll

ive spent three days avoiding it.

i wanted it to be super wonderful super cool. outrageously indepth because who knows if there will be more of these.

ten years

of riding the big swell this blog caught almost from the word jump.

but what can one say: the busblog gave me everything.

dreams came true. every type of dream came true.

meeting cool people, getting cool stuff, creating interesting things,

climbing and climbing and ending up in places that were it not for this very blog, wouldnt have happened.

girls flew across the country to meet me.

people gave me thousands of dollars.

others gave me control of their most special thing.

all cuz of the busblog.

theres a guy somewhere i never met, who bought just so it could be redirected here.

the list of super cool things that happened to me because of these ten years of typing into a dialogue box would never end.

so my brain the last few days was saying then dont even start.

but a HA – that has been the moral of this story.


write the things that are hard to write.

write the things youd only tell your BFF

write the things that no one has the guts to say.

tell the world all you wanna do is whisper sour nothings in a hot babes ear

but shes all my months booked.

tell the world its 251am and jay z and kayne are delivering the one two punch

busblog, you endless fountain of surprises.

i’ll tell you what i’ll do. for the rest of the week we will celebrate you, reminisce

and seriously sit in amazement  by what this weird thing  produced.

and what this weird thing will continue to produce.

i can honestly say i dont know if this will roll on for another ten years.

layne, welch, kitty, sk, flagrant, anti, the pants, none of them hung in there on their one, long lasting neverending url.

a few like xTx kept rolling, but the odds dont look good for the future. which is good. people should know that life is precious.

that Now is all there is.

and right now im gonna find a proper picture for the first happy birthday post of many, to you,

world famous busblawwwwwg