Verily, these are fine arguments which you cite, and I do not see why you do not commit them to writing.
– Castiglione, Book of the Courtier, Vol. III.
Yes, you read the title of this blog post correctly: this is my 1,000th blog post on Blog of the Courtier. Over five years have passed since I started this particular blog, centered around the ideals that Baldassare Castiglione put forth in his “Book of the Courtier”, from whence this project takes both its name and inspiration. And the writings of the good Count still provide me with inspiration on a regular basis – though whether I cite, verily, fine arguments I will leave for the reader to decide.
It strikes me that this is a somewhat improbable milestone to have reached, for what in the end is a project which I work on simply because I enjoy it. The fact that this regular writing habit happened at all is thanks in no small part to the initial encouragement of two very good bloggers in particular (and you know who you are, lady and gentleman.) When I was getting going with this current blog, they made an effort to ask their readers to give me a look over; many have stayed and become good friends.
Over time, the readership of this blog has grown from a few dozen to a few thousand readers a month, something I find equally astonishing, since truthfully all I am doing is just scribbling down some thoughts to share with you, about things which I find important or interesting. As with any activity, the more you do something, the better you get at it, until writing a blog post is something which I just need a few quiet minutes to do each day. And I hope that over time my writing is improving, rather than otherwise. In fact just this week, WordPress selected one of my blog posts again for their “Freshly Pressed” highlight page, after having done so for the first time earlier this year. To know that a diverse community of fellow bloggers appreciates your work is just tremendous.
Naturally it falls to me to thank you, gentle reader, for your continued readership and support. Whatever I choose to write about, you come along for the ride and allow me to explore a variety of topics, sharing with me your own thoughts and opinions. The fact that you care enough to give me some of your time and attention, as well as to leave comments, is truly humbling. It has been both a great pleasure and privilege for me to share these ramblings and ruminations with you, and I hope to continue to do so through many more posts to come.
“Sketch of Raphael’s Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione” by Rembrandt (1639)
The Albertina, Vienna