Thanks for Three Years from The Millions

March 24, 2006 | 4 2 min read

I can’t believe it’s been three years, but it’s true. I started The Millions three years ago today (though it didn’t become a Blog About Books until a little later.) Want to see what it looked like? Ugly! In the intervening years I’ve tried to make the blog a little nicer to look at and a little easier to read. I’m still having fun though, and I wouldn’t have kept it up for this long (I’ve never kept anything up this long!), if it weren’t for you guys. So thank you. Thank you to my contributors who keep this place from being too monotonous. Thank you to all those folks in the publishing industry who work hard to get good books out there to the people and who are kind enough to occasionally send me books they think I might like. Thank you to writers and aspiring writers for creating things for us to read (and for visiting The Millions sometimes). Thanks to my fellow book bloggers – if it weren’t for you guys, this would be a pretty dull hobby. Thanks most of all to the readers of this blog and the readers of books. I’ve greatly enjoyed our ongoing, virtual conversation.

All those thank yous. One of the nice things about having a blog is that you can publicly pretend you’ve just won an Oscar any time you feel like it.

Finally, I just want to harken back to my so-called manifesto from way back when, when I laid out why I think it’s important for us to discuss what we read. It’s still my goal for the blog today: “Given that you and I will only be able to read a finite number of books in our lifetimes, then we should try, as much as possible, to devote ourselves to reading only the ones that are worth reading, while bearing in mind that for every vapid, uninspiring book we read, we are bumping from our lifetime reading list a book that might give us a profound sort of joy.”

Keep reading good books!

created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.


  1. Yes, happy birthday, and thanks for all the good stuff here. Obviously I share your belief that discussing the books we read is one of the great pleasures in life, I like your description though of why that should be the case…

  2. Happy anniversary, Mr. Millions. I will update my blogroll soonest with your new address. Wendi

  3. belated, but congratulations, max. past three years have passed like nothing. my 3 year blog anniversary's in about a week. unfortunately, MY blog still looks as ugly as it did the day it started. keep up the good work.

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