Four years! Many of the jobs I've had in my life have never lasted for four years; until Rachel none of my romantic relationships lasted four years... so I guess it has be worth celebrating!
So, why don't you raise a glass with Scotty, give a hearty roar of "sláinte" and get this party started?
It's been a tough year in many ways for HeroPress and on a number of occasions - the most recent in the last few weeks - I've thought of calling it a day, saying "adiós, muchachos" and vanishing off in to the relative peace and quiet of the 'real world'.
But, on the other hand the site is averaging about 450 visitors a day, I'm just shy of 300,000 hits and have secured 150 Followers - and they can't all be just for the cheesecake pictures of geekdom's finest lady folks, now can they?
This time last year I was all about waxing lyrical on role-playing games, but it looks like The Tuesday Knights are all primed and ready for a Villains & Vigilantes campaign - if only the Gamesmaster can get his health issues under control (that's me, by the way) and actually start the blasted campaign.
I try not to write too much about my health on this blog, but it's unavoidable really as it influences almost every aspect of my daily life. This past 12 months in particular I've been rather prone to colds and infections, as well as the normal broad spectrum of aches and pains, which have disrupted lots of scheduled plans.
However, the other day, I had some excellent news from the hospital when I went for my annual check-up. The registrar in the cardiology department said they were satisfied that the tear in my aorta (the aneurysm that caused all my problems to begin with) has stabilised and they didn't need to see me again - unless I presented any drastic symptoms (which, to be honest, would probably have sent me to hospital again anyway).
This doesn't mean I'm miraculously cured; I still have to take care, keep up my drugs regime, avoid doing anything that could put excess pressure on the tear etc but it's still a great weight off my mind, that hasn't fully sunk in yet.
I still have to deal with all the fall-out from the stroke I suffered during the emergency surgery, which includes massive nerve damage throughout my body, and I still need to walk with a stick. But all these things are minor nuisances compared to the worries about my aorta. These problems aren't life-threatening, so I look at them as a small price to pay for still being able to read comics, watch TV, play role-playing games, breathe...
So, this year's birthday review isn't a smart ramble through my gaming aspirations for the future, but a very personal reflection on how lucky I am to actually be here and be able to write this silly, little blog that so many of you seem to enjoy.
This has been a long, rambling way to get to the part where I thank all my readers, friend and commentators - old and new - for keeping up the positivity that has helped me through my darkest moments.
When vast swathes of geekdom seem determined to turn in on itself, spitting misanthropic bile and hatred, I know I can rely on the members of my ever-blossoming superteam for some level-headed positivity.
Life's too short - I should know!
Let's see if we can all keep this going for another year...
Live Long And Prosper!