Monday, March 26, 2007

The Viral Garden is One-Year Old

Thank you.

As of today, The Viral Garden is a year old. The last year has been simply amazing. I could go into how many links/visitors/etc. the blog has gotten in the past year, but at the end of the day that's not what counts. What's more important is that all of you have helped create a vibrant Viral Community that I've been fortunate enough to learn from, and that's made me a better blogger as a result.

So as a VERY small way of showing my appreciation to all of you, the blog's header and name belong to you for the next 24 hours. In the header I've added the pics of 32 people that have helped grow The Viral Garden into what it has become. All of whom have commented here, and many have also given me invaluable help off the blog as well. None of what has happened, or what will, would have been possible without your contributions. And there are so many more friends that I could have added, I just ran out of room.

So starting tomorrow I get to work on making Year Two even better. There will be some changes immediately, some later. And in the coming days I'll have some 'lessons learned' posts from Year One, but for today the blog is yours, thanks again to everyone!

PS: Can you name everyone in the header?

PPS: Thanks to Drew for saving the pic of the Viral Community banner

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Anonymous said...

Nice touch, Mack!

No, I certainly can't name everyone in the banner.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Mack! You certainly have provided a great, thought provoking place for us to all hang out. I for one am looking forward to year 2 ... more blogs more problems? No ... more fun, insight and conversation.

Nedra Weinreich said...

Wow! There I am in the corner - thanks! Congrats on your first year. You've accomplished a lot so far with this blog and I have a feeling it's just the beginning. Shall we get out the cake and sing?

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a great idea Mack, happy blogday dude

Anonymous said...


Happy Bloggiversary. Love the new banner (and the new goal - I didn't quite get all of the smiles).

Stay contagious and may each conversation blossom into a friendship.

Anonymous said...

Sincere congrats, bro'... you have not only built a community of readers, you have built a reputation as one of the most trusted, ego-less and smart bloggers in the industry. Best wishes today and always.

Anonymous said...

What a FANTASTIC idea...but then again, you're the king of community, the man, the real deal, head honcho, cat's pajamas, bees knees, BMOC and our wonderful Mack. Happy Blogday and thank you for contributing so much to this space and being so supportive.

Lots of love and luck ;-). Your pal whose mug is now in your banner...CK

Anonymous said...

Nice touch with the banner, Mack. I think I can recognize about 11 or 12. That's not bad after blogging for less than 2 months.

Looking forward to more at The Viral Garden. Congrats.

Mack Collier said...

Thanks everyone! Glad you guys like the 'Limited Edition' banner, I must admit it looks MUCH better than the old one! BTW if you are having trouble matching some of the faces with a name, check the MyBlogLog area on the side, and you can use that as a 'cheat-sheet' ;)

Anonymous said...

Hey Mack,

I saw the headline on my feed and just had to rush over here to see for myself! :)

Serious congrats. The Viral Garden/Commnity has been one of the few blogs that I follow on a regular basis—reading each and every post. You've done a great job in the past year with smart, thoughtful analysis on how we can all embraces our communities.

I appreciate all of the hard work that's gone into this. Congratulations on the terrific milestone. May there be many more!

And tell MaRk he's not so bad either. ;)

Anonymous said...

Mack - Congrats on your first year. You are a tough act to follow, but I'm delighted to have the wealth of information that has made up your blog over the last year as an example of how it should be done.

Here's to the next 365 days!

Anonymous said...

Hey Mack! Congratulations on this fabulous year. It's been around 6 months since I discovered the Viral Garden and you are a true inspiration and motivation for many of us new-bloggers.

Keep going and hopefully we'll have you around for many more to come.

Ron E.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Mack! A year makes you a veteran. I can name most of the people in the banner, nice work.

Anonymous said...

As we say in French, bon anniversaire! I can recognise a few mugs in there :)

The blogosphere wouldn't be the same without you Mack

Anonymous said...

Wow! It means a great deal to me, and surprisingly I think I can name most of the folks in the banner. That says lots about our community. Thank you for adding me. (I haven't had a chance to begin my blog reading today, so this should motivate me to begin.) I look forward to Year Two! Congratulations, Mack

J.D. said...

Happy one year, bro. Keep it comin'...I've got many many more years of lunch breaks to fill with reading your blog!

gianandrea said...

in these months, i've learnt:
- to spell your name (mack, not mark, mac, etc.)
- to get inspired by the top 25 marketing blogs rank
- to have latest insight about music industry
- and many other stuff, too many to mention here

all this from your blog. thanks.

Anonymous said...


You've always been a source of inspiration. Continue the awesome work, Mack!


Anonymous said...

Awww, Happy Birthday to the Viral Garden! And yes, I do recognize most of the folks in your sweet banner.

I've learned a lot from you over the past few months, Mack. I'm looking forward to those "lessons learned" posts and to another wonderful year with you. :-)

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary Mack and I am very excited to see my face in the banner! Great idea!
I suggest a DSL line for year 2 ;)

Cathy said...

Happy anniversary Mack!

Here’s to another amazing blogging year!

PS It's a small world. My blog turns one tomorrow :=)

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Mack! Can you believe only a year? Seems like much longer, no?

Happy Birthday, man. You're truly a testament why blogs are so valuable. And you've been particularly important to me, because without you, hhm wouldn't have lasted as long as it has.


Anonymous said...


Wow -- only one year? I hope you stop long enough to recognize what an amazing community you have built in a mere 365 days.

The numbers aren't story. The deep respect and affection you have earned from your fellow bloggers is the story.

I can't wait to see where you take us in year two. One thing's for sure...we will all be along for the ride!

Congrats on an amazing first year!


Anonymous said...

Hey, there I am next to the "Y" in "community — what a treat.

Congratulations to you! You are the "glue that holds it all together." The man whose Z-list launched a million links.

So, how old does "one year" make you in "Blogosphere" years?

Many, many happy returns. And thanks for all the wonderful links and perspective observations. My best to you!

Anonymous said...

Happy one year, Mack! You've given me a lot to aspire towards.

"Keep it coming."

Mack Collier said...

Thanks again to everyone for the great comments! And I think 1 blogging year is at least a dog year, I think Ann said it was more like 15 years?

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday! I started blogging 1 year ago today, but after a few false starts, my first post appeared on April 10. We're practically twins.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your first year. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Congrats. Looking forward to being subscribed at the beginning of year two and beyond.

Anonymous said...

Happy bloganniversary! Late to the party and missed your banner. You've certainly made a difference in this world. Looking forward to more innovative posts year 2.

Luc Debaisieux said...

Hi Mack,
Sorry to come so late. Happy blogday and congratulations!

CB Whittemore said...

Mack, Congratulations - belatedly, but with great admiration and enthusiasm.

Anonymous said...

Happy Bloggery Birthday Mack! Congratulations and a thousand thanks for the past year- here's to many more to come.