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Birthday Thanks

Posted: November 21, 2005

By Kevin Forest Moreau, Editor-in-Chief

With all the big, terrible things going on right now -- war, political scandals, people struggling to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of disastrous hurricanes, Madonna releasing another album -- smaller, happier events tend to get overlooked. One such event that happened earlier this month was, believe it or not, the fourth anniversary of Shaking Through.

Yep, it's been a little more than four years now since Laurence Station and myself started bringing you up to speed on the movies, music, books and comics worth taking note of, as well as the ones worth avoiding. And although there's no shortage of pop-cultural sites out there competing for your time and attention, you've continued to patronize Shaking Through, to come to us for the straight dope. And your numbers have grown: In October, we averaged 1,300 unique visits per day, nearly double October 2004's numbers. This near-doubling trend has held since our inception.

True, those numbers may not be much by the standards of national magazines, or fully staffed music-review sites named after farming implements, but I think it's pretty impressive for a part-time labor of love run by two guys with demanding day jobs and full, busy lives. Yes, we get help -- from our skewed commentator and B-movie maven Clemenza and our action-movie expert Vincenzo; from our resident music and comic geek the Gentleman; and from occasional contributors. But Shaking Through rests squarely on the shoulders of Station and myself, which is both a curse (thanks for being patient during those intermittent lulls between updates) and a blessing (in that the site has retained a distinct identity due to a lack of cooks overwhelming the broth).

But enough about us. With Thanksgiving looming large as I write this, we here at Shaking Through World Headquarters want to dedicate this belated birthday card not to ourselves, but to you, the visitors who keep us posting -- and keep us humble. One reader recently told me that when he peruses the music reviews over on Metacritic, he saves ours until last, to get the unvarnished truth. That kind of testimonial means a lot to us, and we want you to know it. As corny as it sounds, we're grateful for your presence, because otherwise this is just a masturbatory exercise that dominates our e-mails and instant messages, and occasionally annoys our patient wives and families, with no payoff.

If you've read any of our past birthday or Thanksgiving columns, then you know where this is headed, but I'll say it anyway: We'll strive to continue providing "humorous and insightful commentary on matters of pop-cultural relevance" as long as you're here to read it, and we welcome -- nay, encourage -- nay, crave -- your feedback. Drop us a line and let us know what you'd like to see more (or less) of; we do read these e-mails and we carefully consider each one. And with that, I'll cut this short. Thanks for stopping by, and we'll see you soon. Oh, and please pass the cornbread.

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Archived Editorials
December 03, 2006: Happy Feet
November 22, 2006: Half Decade Anniversary
October 07, 2006: Jessica Simpson
September 30, 2006: New Orleans and SNL
June 2, 2006: Dixie Chicks
May 7, 2006: Are Yahu Serious?
February 16, 2006: Bill O'Reilly & Brokeback Mountain
February 12, 2006: Totally '80s (Grammys)
January 31, 2006: Freyed Oprah
November 27, 2005: To Be Continued... (Bringing back movie serials)
November 21, 2005: Fourth Birthday
November 05, 2005: TV Remakes
August 13, 2005: Ten Commandments of Rock
July 05, 2005: Live 8
May 05, 2005: Term Limits (for Rock Stars)
April 29, 2005: Pearl Jam Redux
January 26, 2005: Oscar Grouching
October 31, 2004: Three More Years!
September 27, 2004: Cleaning Out My Closet
August 25, 2004: Shaking Through Mailbag
June 23, 2004: Summer Reading List
June 11, 2004: World Without Heroes (Bill Murray and Garfield)
April 23, 2004: Sold Out (Bob Dylan, Victoria's Secret, & Iraq)
April 08, 2004: The Day the Music Died (Kurt Cobain)
Mar. 17, 2004: Copping Out
Feb. 27, 2004: The Passion of Howard Stern
Jan. 30, 2004: Sex and the City
Nov. 17, 2003: California Über Alles
Nov. 7, 2003: Not-So-Terrible Twos
Sept. 19, 2003: Magic & Loss (Johnny Cash and Warren Zevon)
Aug. 17, 2003: Those '70s Shows
May 27, 2003: Patriot Games (Darryl Worley)
May 24, 2003: American Idol
Mar. 23, 2003: Non-cents-ical (Dixie Chicks-50 Cent)
Feb. 8, 2003: Where's the Love? (Pearl Jam)
Jan. 1, 2003: High Resolutions
Dec. 16, 2002: All I Want for Christmas
Nov. 27, 2002: Things to be Thankful For
Nov. 8, 2002: Near Wild Heaven (Nirvana)
Oct. 21, 2002: Happy Birthday to Us
Sept. 11, 2002: The Little Things
Aug. 20, 2002: King for a Day
July 9, 2002: Bill of Rights
Apr. 18, 2002: Celebrity Skim
Apr. 15, 2002: We Will Never Lie To You
Jan. 6, 2002: Something to Believe In
Nov. 3, 2001: Who We Are