Today is a very special day. Not just for me. Not just for the blogosphere. But for the entire world as we know it. This is not an exaggeration, because… drum roll please… Beyond the Rhetoric turns one year old today. The first post welcomed you into the blogging mind of, well, me, and now that 365 days have past, a lot has changed.

For starters, I recently abandoned the sinking ship known as QuickBlog by GoDaddy and jumped on the rising star we call WordPress. Since then, I’ve installed a number of fun plug-ins, grown the community through MyBlogLog, and made a few blogging buddies along the way, going out for dot com pho on a weekly basis.

I’ve been writing for much more than one year, but this blog has received more attention than any of my self-branded products in the past. Yes, even more than the Geocities-hosted legend known as Now That’s Entertainment. I think RSS has a lot to do with it.

Obviously, I didn’t do all of this on my own. I got to know people like the chest-kicking Ed Lau, self-proclaimed dot com mentor Stephen Fung, the Malta-bound Darren Barefoot, the very pink Kumiko Suzuki and the root of all evil John Chow. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It is all about you, all of you, my growing readership… it is because of you that I’m still here, now blogging on a daily basis. Thank you. Like seriously. Thank you.

The next milestone? How about ten years? 100 RSS subscribers? Technorati rating of under 1000? Official dot com mogul status?