Jim Carroll

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Five more years! Five more years! Five more years!

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? It’s five years to the day since the On the Record blog came into being. Five years since OTR arrived to entertain, annoy, pester, badger, opine, frustrate, infuriate, inform, enthuse, fume, amuse, bemuse, …

Wed, Mar 28, 2012, 08:58

   

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? It’s five years to the day since the On the Record blog came into being. Five years since OTR arrived to entertain, annoy, pester, badger, opine, frustrate, infuriate, inform, enthuse, fume, amuse, bemuse, report, review, rock, rave, rattle and roll on anything and everything. Five years since this post started things off. We’ve come a long way, baby.

It turns out that there’s a big readership for the stuff which goes up here every day and I’m hugely grateful to all of you for reading, commenting (50,000 comments and counting) and taking the discussion off in so many different direction. Thanks to OTR readers, I’ve come across loads of new angles to pieces, plenty of nuggets of info which have led to other stories and lots of counter-arguments which have got me thinking about my own opinions and stances. I know I always say it on occasions like this but, unlike many other blogs out there, I really think the OTR readers are what have made this blog stand out so much over the last five years. I’m very humbled by this reaction so thanks so much to all of you for this. And hugs and kissers to the haters in the gallery so they won’t feel left out.

Anyway, five years. Will we still be here five years from now? Well, considering that I didn’t think it would last a year when the idea was first proposed by Hugh Linehan, I’m probably the wrong person to ask. But it’s been an amazing trip so I’m happy to stay here as long as The Irish Times continues to provide the space and there are readers to read and react to it.

Due to foreseen circumstances, blogging will be on the light side for the next while and a full OTR service will resume on Wednesday April 11. Feel free to use this post to relive your favourite OTR barney from the last few years and suggest tunes to mark the occasion. We’re going with this.

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