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If a Blog Falls in the Forest…


Today is March 15th, Raptitude’s first birthday. A longer post will follow later this week — I was ambushed by an immediate-start job at 10pm last night — but it’s an important date so I just wanted to tell you I am so grateful you decided to spend some of your precious time on earth reading what I write here.

I hope it has brought something to useful to you, whether it’s a different way of looking at something in life, or just a few minutes of entertainment two mornings a week. If I’ve become a regular part of your life, no matter how small, I am proud of that role.

You play a crucial role. It’s something like that tricky Zen question: “If a tree falls in the forest, and nobody hears it, does it make a sound?”

If I posted on Raptitude and nobody read it, it wouldn’t exist.

Thank you all for coming.


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Jess March 15, 2010 at 4:47 am

Happy birthday Raptitude and congratulations David!

Thanks for dropping such an insightful and uplifting blog into our forest, we really appreciate it : )

David March 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm

It’s definitely my pleasure, Jess. :)

Positively Present March 15, 2010 at 6:35 am

Happy blog birthday, David! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog over the past year and I’m looking forward to more great posts from you in the future!

David March 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm

You’ve been here right from the start Dani. Another year of posts is coming your way.

Lisis March 15, 2010 at 7:05 am

Happy Blogiversary, Raptitude!!

I was hoping you’d post something new today, so we can all stop by and give you a big birthday “hug”. I’m so glad you started Raptitude when you did, and that I got to come along for most of this awesome journey. You already know how I feel about this place, so I’ll just leave it at that.

Thanks for this amazing blog!! :)
.-= Lisis´s last blog ..What Are We “Teaching” Our Children? =-.

David March 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm


Thanks Lisis.

Tim March 15, 2010 at 10:25 am

Yes, happy birthday. Good job. Pat on the back. I have a wholesome envy for your accomplishments. Thanks.

As for the zen-question you pose: If the momentum of your blog were enough to make vibrations on the forest floor when it hit, then yes, I think it would still exist. In theory of course.

David March 15, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Thanks Tim.

Haha here we go with the “sound wave” theory of the falling Zen tree. Never fails :)

Avi March 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Here’s to another year of Raptitude! Even if no one read this blog, it would be no less valuable. Think of how many books there are in the library that you’ve never read, or how many soldier’s letters are lost to time, or how many people you’ve never met, or how many scientific papers you’ve never read, but they are no less valuable.

David March 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Thank you Avi! I think you’re right.

Lori (JaneBeNimble) March 15, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Happy birthday, David. What a fun day to have a blog birthday, The Ides of March. Cicero believed killing Julius Caesar was an act of liberation, and I believe blogging is in its own right, an act of liberation. It is the liberation of your deep, insightful posts out into the world.

Thank you for your work here, David. I’ve enjoyed your writing and will continue to support this blog.

Have fun at your new job. :)
.-= Lori (JaneBeNimble)´s last blog ..Righting Time =-.

David March 16, 2010 at 3:56 am

Yes, it’s the day Julius Caesar got stabbed. It was a great day for me.

Thank you for your support Lori, and my spanking new “R”

Rosa March 15, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Happy birthday Raptitude!
I am so glad you exist, you have made me think a lot, therefore, made me grow. Thank you so much!
Keep up the great work, David.

David March 16, 2010 at 4:03 am

Rosa you always make me smile. I’m glad you exist too.

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Erin S. March 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Happy One Year on Raptitude and hope the new job is enjoyable.
.-= Erin S.´s last blog ..The Holy One =-.

David March 16, 2010 at 4:35 am

Thanks Erin. The new job is orchard work. Very demanding. But I’m making friends and money for future travels.

Mike March 15, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Happy B-Day…
Relatively new reader but certainly enjoyed all the material you’ve offered up.

David March 16, 2010 at 4:36 am

Thanks Mike. Good to hear from you. More on the way in Year 2.

Brenda (betaphi) March 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Happy blogday, DC. I’ve been here most of the year, fanning, fawning, admiring this strangely magnetic writing you do. It’s been a pleasure. I’m looking forward to sharing another year here. All the best.
.-= Brenda (betaphi)´s last blog ..Twitter Peeps =-.

David March 16, 2010 at 4:38 am

The pleasure is definitely mutual. You are a veteran reader, and I always like hearing from you.

Brad March 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Congrats–one the Blog-B-Day and the job. How do you think you will like the job? I got ambushed by a job like that too before; I had to work on the projects for one job while I was at another job. I got like 2 hours of sleep that day.
.-= Brad´s last blog ..Odoriferous Flowers =-.

David March 16, 2010 at 4:40 am

Thanks Brad. Well, I’ve just completed my second day. It’s real tough work. They told me at 10:30pm that I start the next morning. I don’t get home until 7:30pm so my evenings are short. But I’ll manage.

Sarah March 15, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Birthday wishes and thank you – David you have the honor of being the first (and only) blog I have ever left a comment on… I was moved, that-much.


David March 16, 2010 at 4:42 am

I am honored! Please don’t ever leave a comment at any other blog. I want to keep my exclusive status. But you are always welcome to comment here :)

Char (PSI Tutor:Mentor) March 16, 2010 at 4:30 am

Congrats ~:-) Hope you have cake!

Thank you too David, for taking the time to acknowledge each of us, including those who don’t comment, as persons worth getting to know, simply because we are of worth by virtue of being an element (sunbeam?) of this universe.

Your an unconditional guy~ and that’s cool.

David March 16, 2010 at 4:44 am

Char you have taught me so much in your comments that I ought to write “10 Profound Lessons From Char’s Comments.”

Unconditional, nice adjective. Thank you.

Char (PSI Tutor:Mentor) March 16, 2010 at 5:01 am

that is sweet~ and so not good for my ego ~:-) (detachment wise)

i am trying to be the bridge for the dead people i spend so much time with; on either side of the glass. those ancients got it all making sense~ i’m just passing on what they ask me to remind others that they already know.

speaking of which, are you keeping that journal of personal lingo…? ~:-)
.-= Char (PSI Tutor:Mentor)´s last blog ..Critical Reflections #7~What are the principles of good assessment? =-.

David March 16, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Yeah the ancients had it down already before I even came along. Every good idea I have is just a rehash of their material.

Journal of personal lingo? You’ll have to remind me…

Cheryl Paris March 16, 2010 at 5:08 am

Hello David,

Congratulations Raptitude on the first B’day.

Great going with wonderful posts. Look forward to many more :)

Best Wishes,
.-= Cheryl Paris´s last blog ..Saturday 9: Gimme Three Steps Girl =-.

David March 16, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Thanks Cheryl, best wishes to you too.

Rachel March 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

Fairly new reader, but keep coming back!!! Love the vibe of your blog and enjoy the posts. Happy Blogbirthday!

David March 16, 2010 at 10:44 pm

If my vibe is good I am a happy man. Thanks :)

John March 16, 2010 at 10:47 am

I love this blog! I’ll never forget the first day I came here – single greatest day of my life ha ha :)

David, you’ve been a great influence and a great friend. Keep on blogging – my blog’s birthday is this month too, so that should be fun.

Take care.

David March 16, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Hey thanks John. You’ve been around as long as I remember, which seems longer than a year.

What day is your blog’s birthday?

Patty - Why Not Start Now? March 17, 2010 at 12:05 am

HBTY to your blog (and you as blog father), David. It’s always been a peaceful pleasure to read here.
.-= Patty – Why Not Start Now?´s last blog ..Meaning Mondays: A Gathering of Men Edition =-.

David March 19, 2010 at 3:30 am

Blogfather! Hah

We are family.

Find Inspiration Today March 17, 2010 at 8:13 am


You’ve came a long way – Happy Bday man! I always enjoy a new post from you and am glad I signed up to get your updates.

Keep it up!!

.-= Find Inspiration Today´s last blog ..“Inspiration Through Tragedy” =-.

David March 19, 2010 at 3:30 am

Thanks Mike!

Frances March 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Congrats on your first year! My blog was one of those that fell in the forest for a while, it feels good to be back. I have a lot of reading to catch up with on Raptitude!

David March 19, 2010 at 3:37 am

Frances! I don’t hear from you enough. Good to hear you’re back on the blogging scene.

Neil March 18, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Happy birthday to you.
Happy birthday to you.
Happy birthday dear Raptitude.
Happy birthday to you.
.-= Neil´s last blog ..#545 Watching a movie in the basement with a group of friends =-.

David March 19, 2010 at 3:38 am

*Blows out candles*

Thanks Neil.

LeeShand March 21, 2010 at 6:07 am

Happy Birthday Raptitude, and Thanks David. It’s been my pleasure!

David March 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Thanks Lee, for your time and all your tweets!

Josh March 28, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Thank you David for making this blog a place where people can come with a different perspective and still be accepted. You took a very long response of mine in the Neitzsce thread and managed to boil is all down to an eloquent response that I ended up agreeing with. I found you through Stumbleupon but I’ll be coming back on purpose. Happy blog-birthday.

David March 28, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Hey thanks Josh. I appreciate your insightful comments in the Nietzsche article and hope to hear more from you in future posts.

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