Happy New Year and thanks to ZDNet's readers

To all of you out there, thank you. Truly and sincerely, thank you.

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Hi everyone!

We're just about 12 hours away from 2012 here in Central Florida and I was thinking about the year that's just about passed.

I know it's been hard -- devastatingly hard -- for many Americans and our neighbors worldwide. I know how that feels. I've had some very, very difficult years myself. This last year though, personally speaking, it's been pretty good for me and my wife, and I'm very grateful for that. This has been one of the more physically tiring years I've ever had -- we bought and renovated a fixer-upper house -- but it's also been one of the most satisfying.

With your support, I've had the opportunity to expand from one blog here on ZDNet to two. That's also allowed me to keep ZDNet Government more purely govern-minty-fresh and have a place for my more tech-related adventures here in DIY-IT.

I also had the opportunity to give a whole boatload of webcasts for CBS Interactive, on topics ranging from cybersecurity to cloud computing to virtualization.

As I've been thinking about this past year, I realized I owed my general sense of well-being to all of you. I love working with the editors here on ZDNet, and brainstorming and collaborating with all my blogger colleagues, but the real thanks needs to go to all of you.

Without all of you, without your support, your feedback (and yes, even your more harsh comments), and your insights, we -- all of us here on ZDNet -- wouldn't have the great pleasure of doing this gig, bringing you the latest news, analysis, and commentary about the world of tech, culture, and society.

So, to all of you out there, thank you. Truly and sincerely, thank you.

No matter where you are or who you are -- whether you're Republican or Democrat, Linux, Mac, or Windows, Android, iOS, or even Windows Phone 7, American or a citizen of another country, chocolate lover or twisted vanilla fan -- have a Happy New Year and a great 2012.

Oh, and let's hope the Maya weren't right. Heh.