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700 With a Bullet

It took a long time to get here and not without an considerable amount of help. Over the last three years the staff has grown from just Ben and I to five writers now (welcome aboard Matt!). Some days it seemed like too much effort to write a post a day just to have something up, but all in all, it's been worth every second.

I'd like to thank people like Aiden, Hatter and Darren for keeping me motivated, Scott, Andrew, Dan, Rodney, Castor and Ruth for always leaving a comment and letting me know someone is reading all of this.

Thanks all! Here's hoping to 700 more.

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