It is once again August and to us here at CSTM, that means our little blog and podcast, A Casual Stroll to Mordor, is turning three-years old!
It’s hard to come to the realization that we’ve been doing this for three years now. Time has seemed to fly by and it probably helps that we’ve been doing it all while playing our favorite online game.
We started this whole thing thinking it’d be fun to record and share our long discussions of LOTRO we were having anyway, fully expecting no one to listen. The blog was just going to be a little companion to help me share pictures and things I found useful. Both these have expanded past our initial realization and we are pretty darn proud with what we’ve built here.
The official first post on Casual Stroll to Mordor was on August 11, 2009. We recorded our first podcast the last weekend in August and it wasn’t posted until September 2, 2009 (mostly because we didn’t know what we were doing). August is our time to reflect and celebrate what got us this far!
Our List of Thank Yous
We wanted to send out a very special thank you to our writers. I cannot express what a complete joy it is to read their thoughts, ideas and other sparks of brilliance. All of them with unique perspectives but sharing the single love of The Lord of the Rings Online. Thank you so much for your hard work, dedication and support you’ve given Merric and I. We really would be not half the site without you!
Thank you to Middle-earth Network for taking us and our silly little blog under it’s wing and being so gracious to us giving us a home and even some wonderful giveaways to our reader/listeners! They are an amazing, creative and enthusiastic bunch of crazies which is why we are getting along so famously!
CSTM has posted 2,750+ posts and has received over 41,000+ comments throughout the years and we also want to thank our fans! From your brilliant Outside LOTRO finds, emails into the show, to excellent comments and poll suggestions; it is the community that what makes all the effort of running CSTM a labor of love. You guys are all amazing and we would have quit long ago if we didn’t have this awesome community urging us to do more and more.
Baby Hobbit Growth
It’s not just CSTM that continues to grow, our own Baby Hobbit, who was just four months old when we started CSTM is now three-years old! Here’s a couple pictures to show how much she’s grown since last year!
Baby Hobbit 2011
Baby Hobbit 2012
You can follow Baby Hobbit on twitter at @theBabyHobbit and you can listen to her very own podcast The Baby Hobbit Cast. Both are rarely LOTRO related and really more just an excuse to share more Baby Hobbit with her fans.
While Baby Hobbit is getting bigger every day, Merric has been experiencing the opposite and shrinking before everyone’s eyes! He has to date lost over 80lbs!!
He has been sharing his weight loss journey on his solo podcast “Shake it Off Cast”. It’s pretty inspirational and I encourage you to check it out if you are working to improve your health like Merric is.
Giving Back to our Fans!
We absolutely adore our CSTM listeners and readers. We honestly would not have kept up any of this if it weren’t for you encouraging us, sharing with us and interacting with us.
As a result, starting next week we’ll start having some giveaways open to all fans in any country that we’ve picked up as thank yous for being here for us. Keep your eyes peeled to the blog so you don’t miss out on entering!