Saturday, December 31, 2005
By June I had my 1 millionth visitor:
And as 2005 comes to an end I am almost to the 13 million visitor mark. Believe me, it is very humbling to think that so many people like reading this blog. It has always been a fun venture for me -- it makes me really happy to know that other people enjoy the fun as much as I do.
In May I received an email from a Pink reader who told me that my face was put on a birthday cake for another Pink reader:
It was at this moment that I knew that things were gonna change.
Nerve.com was the first publication that contacted me for an interview ...
... and the next thing I know I was being written about in the New York Post:
Then came my listing in Blender magazine's list of Hot 100 Things of the Year:
Then Instinct magazine asked me to collaborate on a fun piece for them:
But, the coup d'etat was getting interviewed by the New York Times:
It was truly shocking to know that the NYT wanted to feature me and my little ol' blog. As if that weren't cool enough, Nicole Richie even gave Pink is the new Blog love by featuring it in her debut novel The Truth About Diamonds:
If that ain't cool ... I don't know what is.
In April, Sarah and I took a trip to NYC and we were lucky enough to meet some new friends ... Ultragrrrl and Josh Madden:
I kept in touch with Ultra and Josh and, in turn, Josh passed along my blog to his brothers Joel and Benji Madden. In the summer, Joel started blogging about PITNB on his blog:
Joel and I blogged back and forth and he hooked me up with meeting Hilary Duff when she came to Detroit in August:
And I finally got to meet and hang out with Joel (and Benji) in October:
I was very lucky to be invited to some ultracool events this year. At the Motorola party I ran into a few celebs, including Nicole Richie:
In November, I was invited to the LA premiere of Brokeback Mountain and was lucky enough to meet Jake Gyllenhaal, Lindsay Lohan and Ryan Carnes:
Yes ... I got to meet some very cool people this year ... OH and then there was the time I got to meet Madonna:
There is no one bigger than Madonna. Meeting her was truly a milestone for me.
The staff at VH1's Best Week Ever sent me a picture of them posing with one of my stickers ...
... which led to a guest stint where I was able to appear on Best Week Ever:
Sure, I only got about 5 seconds of screentime ... but it was my first time on TV so I was damn excited.
In November, I was invited to be a guest on QTV's talk show Queer Edge:
And in December, I appeared on the E! year end special:
I never, ever dreamed I would get to appear on TV ... but in '05 I finally got my chance. Who knows what 2006 will bring ...
In March, I got a new tattoo:
In May, Erik and I had an amazing vacation in Caseville, MI:
In June, Erik and I had an even more amazing vacation in Los Angeles, CA:
But ... the most important thing that happened this year had nothing at all to do with me or my blog. My beautiful god daughter, Zakiya BiBi, was born in August:
She is truly the most important aspect of 2005 for me. Yes, it's true ... she is the most beautiful baby in the world.
So that's it, y'all. That's the whole year ... I had a blast. This blog is so fun to do. I am so happy to know that so many other people enjoy the blog as well. I know there are some haters out there but there ain't nothing I can do about any of the negativity. No matter what, I will never be able to be all things to everyone ... I can only be me. I'm not trying to save the world, I'm not trying to be the end all, be all ... I'm just a dude with a blog having the most fun I can.
I'm looking forward to a whole new year of fun with all of you. Peace.
Lindsay Lohan and her family (sans dad) are ringing in the new year down in South Beach, FL ... here are a few pictures of the Lohans lounging by the pool:
Yes, Lindsay sends us off with her best wishes for '06. We <3 you, Linds!!! [Source, Source]
Ashley Olsen has put away her 14 layers of clothing and stripped down to her bathing suit as she frolicked on the beach with the new man in her life:
The guy looks huge! If he looks as good coming as he does going I think Ash got herself a hottie. [Source]
Celine Dion is also sportin' a bikini these days ...
... and I really don't know what to say about that. [Source]
Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson have opted for the cooler climes of New York City for the year end festivities:
These 2 are deffo my new favorite couple. [Source]
Jennifer Aniston is still pretty chummy with her summer fling Vince Vaughn ... the pair have been spending the holidays together:
I wonder if they'll really stay together in '06. [Source]
Michael Jackson has happily sequestered himself away in Dubai ...
... which is a magical land where his children are free to roam about without having to wear masks. [Source]
And finally, I just had to throw in this picture of Kelly Osbourne and her pet pooch:
That's it ... that's all the goss for 2005 ... I can't wait to see what 2006 has in store. [Source]
I have to wish a very Happy Birthday to the lovely Candice Conant:
Candi turns one year older today and I am sending her all my pink love! I hope you have a happy birthday!!!
Last night VLB and I were invited to Sevin the Nightclub by my new friend Ray to party with Jesse Metcalfe:
The party was so fun ... VLB and I had a bit much to drink -- which is exactly the way we like to roll. I have to give a big shoutout to Pink readers Ashley and Stephanie.
Ugh ... it was a long night ... and tonight is gonna be an even longer night ... in a little bit I'll be posting my fave personal moments from 2005. I'm out.
Friday, December 30, 2005
When Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston announced they were divorcing at the end of 2004 speculation started to stir about what could cause the "perfect couple" to want to separate ... I deduced it was over babies ...
... and if you look back at the way the year played out ... I think I was right. As soon as enough time had elapsed, Brad Pitt hooked up with Angelina Jolie in public places ... he was obviously enamored of her little boy Maddox:
The new family got along so well that they decided to bring another little member into the fold ... Angelina adopted a new child this year -- Zahara:
By year's end, Brad had filed adoption papers to become the legal father to Angelina's children ... it seems clear to me why he opted out of a life with Jen and into a life with Angelina. Oh, the fact that Angelina is hot as hell prolly had something to do with it too.
Paris Hilton had a fun year ... in February her Sidekick II got hacked all her personal mobile phone bizznazz spread like wild fire on the InterWeb ... here are some of the pictures that were taken from her Sidekick:
I have to admit, that was a fun weekend ... I called a few of the numbers in Paris' address book ... I managed to get Lindsay Lohan's voicemail (which is still saved on my computer). Ah ... that was fun.
Paris picked up a new pooch in March ... a boy chihuahua named Bambi to go along with her beloved Tinkerbell:
By the end of the year she had ditched both of these dogs in lieu of 2 new Japanese dogs.
Paris parted ways with her B.F.F. Nicole Richie and tried out a few new sidekicks before settling on her new B.F.F. Kimberly Stewart ... which gave us COUNTLESS hours of laughs any time this girl went out in public:
Do I really need to say anything more about Miss Stewart?
Paris (female) spent most of the year in love with and engaged to Paris (male) but in the end decided he wasn't the guy for her ... so she dumped him and stole Mary Kate Olsen's boyfriend Stavros Niarchos:
Yes ... Paris Hilton was tres busy in 2005.
Tom Cruise had a banner year ... what with the getting crazy and all ... who can forget his momentous visit to the Oprah Winfrey Show?
Yessir, Tom Cruise let loose his Scientological inner self and basically went ape shit all year long. He decided he was madly in love with the dear, sweet Katie Holmes and professed his undying love for her in May ...
... which of course spurned on a horrible outbreak of herpes all over her face.
Undaunted by her malady, Tom proposed to Katie, er excuse me, Kate Holmes and TomKat was born:
Kate ended up getting "pregnant" but it still remains to be seen whether or not she'll actually have the supposed baby -- I've been suspicious since the onset of the pregnancy ... 2006 will eventually show us how the whole TomKitten thing will work out ... but one thing is for sure ... Tom Cruise was the big cruiseazy joke of the year:
2005 saw the birth of the SkeletwinsTM ... when Paris Hilton cast aside Nicole Richie, she hooked up with a new B.F.F. Lindsay Lohan and history was made:
The girls got insanely skinny and were seen out and about every other day:
Lindsay had a banner year on her own ... she got in 1 accident ...
... and then another ...
Fortunately, she escaped harm in both instances ... you just can't keep a good Hollywood "It" girl down!
2005 was a year of hoopla galore ... Martha Stewart got sprung from prison:
David and Victoria Beckham had another baby ... Cruz Beckham:
Oh and Becks was super hot as usual ...
Ryan Phillippe was smokin' hot in 2005 too ...
... do I lie???
In 2005, celebrities spent a lot of time with their pants open or down ... like Matt LeBlanc ...
... and Jude Law:
Celebrities went thru some rough times in '05 as well ... like Kate Moss ...
... and America's Sweetheart couple, the supposedly-everlasting Newlyweds, Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson:
Their love just couldn't survive Papa Joe's interference. Well, better luck in 2006, guys.
The word Irregardless had a banner year ...
... it's mere appearance always brought on a firestorm of debate (It's a real word! It's not a real word!). You gotta love the nerdy word love!
In conclusion ... it must be said that 2005 was the best year ever ...
Pink is the new Blog is truly La Bella Vita!