(Which happened on this post, by the way. And no, I won't say whose comment was #3000, even though I know you're all dying to know.)
It would be a lie to say that I didn't feel a little thrill of excitement to have 3000 comments. I felt popular, like people really like me and what I have to say. But really, if I want to feel appreciated, I'd rather go and read the 40ish comments on this post - the number is much smaller, but the value of each individual comment is immeasurable to me. So what does having 3000 comments really mean?
The amazing thing is that it means that you all - my readers - felt you had something to contribute to my humble space on the internet on 3000 separate occasions. (Okay, fine, some of those comments are from me, but only because I was responding to your own thoughts, so we'll ignore that, m'kay?) It means that you all wanted to join me in conversation, that you took time out of your busy lives to make a joke, or share your opinion, or lend support. And that's important to me - more important than feeling popular.
So thank you to everyone who raised a hand over the past year-plus. I hope you all continue joining me in my ongoing education - the journey's more fun together.