it all started with a burrito

Blog reader and amazing knitting mistress of the cosmos J pointed out to me that, 12 years ago today, I started writing a blog*.

My first entry looks a lot like this:

So the votes are officially in.

Out of the total of 4 votes I got, all of them said it would be cool to have an online journal, so here it is.

Extra special thanks go to loren who directed me to blogger, a website that will hopefully make this whole weblog (the cool kids call it a “blog”) easy and painless.

I’m off now to make dinner for the family. You know what we’re having tonight?

Burritos. No shit.

Even back then, I loved burritos (and called my very lame website Where’s My Burrito? because I also loved The Simpsons.)

I’ve come a long, long way in 12 years. I’ve gained a wife, adopted a son, written a whole bunch of books, traveled all over the world, created a web series, and somehow found a way to silence the twin Voices of Self Doubt And Prove To Everyone That Quitting Star Trek Wasn’t A Mistake.

I have been accompanied at every step of this journey by tens of thousands of people all over the globe who I will never meet in person, but still feel around me like Navi in Zelda … only instead of yelling “HEY HEY LISTEN” they’ve been yelling “HEY HEY DON’T GIVE UP”.

Thank you for reading and supporting all of my projects. I love my life, and every day I’m afraid I’m going to wake up from this amazing dream.

And so I never lose perspective, I’ll paraphrase Walt Disney: It was all started by a burrito.

*most of those links will not work. Thanks, Obama.


36 thoughts on “it all started with a burrito”

  1. Our pleasure! Thanks for not giving up and letting all these haters get to you. Cant even imagine what it must be like being that exposed and still being able to interact in a nice way with folks out there. Thanks for speaking up for your friends that are bullied, supporting home brewing and the Kings and being an overall good sport! Even if you are ‘just this guy’.

  2. Ive been a fan, and following you since The Next Generation. Its been watching your popularity rise, and read your stuff. You are a funny writer. I especially like the conversations you have with your pets. I remember getting a little teary eyed when I read about you adopting your son. When I watched you reunite with the cast of TNG, on Overexposed, when you spoke about leaving the show, and how you didnt keep the cast in your life, I could feel the regret in your voice. It brought a tear to my eyes when they all said you were welcome back into theirs. Its been a fun ride, and Im sticking around for more!

  3. Happy Burrito Blog anniversary! :)

    Well heck , Wil, I’m going through the whole conquering self-doubt thing right now and proving to myself that the jerks in college who convinced me that I’d never work in the performing arts was wrong. I’m getting there. Watching my favorite actor struggle, conquer, and succeed in life is an inspiration to me. I’m about to return to theater/film after a 12 year hiatus and not going to lie to you, Marge…I’m kind of scared but I’m also determined and I’m more excited and determined than scared. Damn the naysayers, allons-y, geronimo, and all that jazz!

    Thank you for 12 wonderful years of sharing your life with us and we’re all behind you. None of this has been a dream. You definitely swallowed the red pill, Wil, and not the blue one. I had a great time meeting you at Austin Comic Con last October and giving you the Sparks McGee IPA beer labels. The fact that you’re also a home brewer made meeting you even more special. Meeting you made one of my dreams come true because I’ve enjoyed your work since I was 10 years old and your reaction to the labels was so freaking awesome.

    Ok, I’m off to eat my tacos (burritos reserved for next week). Keep up the good work, sir!

  4. Pretty sure celebratory burritos are in order now. (And thanks for the hat tip, dude. I’m always floored by your kindness & sincerity & awesomeness to your fans).
    ~Jessica, AKA Knitting Mistress of the Cosmos (I can use that tagline now, right? Because reasons)

    1. Wil does have two sons, Nolan and Ryan (I don’t like the term step-sons and as Wil puts it “while not biologicially, they’re my sons in every way that matters”), a couple years ago, Ryan approached Wil about adopting him. Wil happily agreed and the world was a better place for it.

      So your mind isn’t going.

  5. Wil – I’ve been reading your blog since at least 2003, so while I haven’t been here for the entire ride, I’ve been loyal, and loving it. I’ve learned so much about life, the internet, people, families and personal growth from the window you’ve given us into your life. I have memories now, real memories, of where I was when I learned about your boys, the dogs and cats, the beer, the expos, the board games. . . it’s all been great. Here’s to another 12 years – hopefully I’ll be around still (I’m one of your very old fans) and you’ll be writing!!!!

  6. I’m sorry, but I’m stuck on this: “…Prove To Everyone That Quitting Star Trek Wasn’t A Mistake.” Okay, so I’m obviously a fan, always has been, that’s part of the reason why I follow your blog. But I’m amazed that people thought your quitting ST:TNG was a mistake. I guess you weren’t supposed to grow as an actor, or always stay an actor and never evolve into something more than who you were back in the day?


    Personally, I don’t think changing jobs is often a mistake. Personally, I’d love to be able to change mine right now. :)

    And happy blog anniversary.

  7. Thank you for never giving up.

    Also, I cant seem to keep up with #BurritoWatch and #ChurroWatch – has anyone considered making a CHURRO BURRITO?

  8. I try to live by these credos:
    ‘Enjoy every burrito.’ (to paraphrase both Warren Zevon & Chris Hardwick) ,
    “Don’t be a dick!” (As masterfully stated by you),
    ‘Small opportunities to help others surround us daily.’ (to paraphrase Sally Koch) .
    It helps keep much of the crappier bits of humanity at bay.

    By your followers giving you a little support & encouragement over the years, you’ve enriched our minds, broadened our thoughts and helped us to keep our Geek flags proudly waving together!
    As an somewhat older Nerd, I’m grateful for all you’ve shown me over the past 12 years & look forward to many more interesting things & people.
    Thank you, Wil!

  9. My favorite burritos of recent years have involved tortillas from “La Tortilla Factory”, and hot sauces from the San Diego company “Ring O’ Fire” – they’re on the hotter side, but refreshingly, they’re not just chemical burn-your-lips-off-fake-heat, they actually have that long lost element of “flavor” in a hot sauce. No fake stuff.

    Many thanks for all your hard works, Mr. Wheaton.

  10. Congratulations! In all this time though, did you ever get the requested burrito? If not, I’ll be happy to buy you one if I run into you at PAX prime or in Portland. It’d be a fun story to tell someday.

  11. I’m hungry. A burrito sounds good. Yum…

    Wait. What? Oh, right. Congrats, Wil, and thanks for all the fish. I’m grateful for that day shortly before Nemesis came out when someone asked, “What ever happened to Wil Wheaton?” over on the Trek boards, and someone else posted a link to your blog. I got on this coaster then, and I’ve enjoyed the ride ever since. :)

    Also? Don’t give up. Ever.

  12. While I wasn’t there for the burrito, I was there for the Soapbox. You’ll always be Head Monkey to me! 😀

    Keep onward, Wil; you’ve brightened more lives than you’ll ever fathom.

  13. Happy bloggaversary Wil!

    I’m glad you’ve silenced your two persistent demons. I just finished reading “Just a Geek” two days ago and really enjoyed it.

    I hope you had a celebratory burrito in honor of your accomplishment.

  14. Huzzah, Wil! I’ve been enjoying your geektastic blog since you had blue hair, man. I discovered it by accident when I was trying to find out when my favorite Talking Heads cover band, Houses In Motion was playing next….and I found this, which made me cry (in a good way). Yep. Been reading ever since. PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP!

  15. Was it THAT long ago? I’ve still got my monkeys/typewriters tshirt in which I began the ‘booby’ thread in the BAC… Someday I’ll brave a convention just to get you to sign the darned thing. Here’s to another 12 wonderful years of on line goodness.

  16. Congrats Wil.

    I think I’d like to thank you most for your unceasing advocacy for the nerd/geek in all of us. I’ve been a role player and board gamer for many years, I just so happen to enjoy a beer or two, and have on occasion had to fight the monster in my head, so I can relate to a lot of what you write about. Fortunately my monster is more like a low-level goblin, an inconvenience rather than a danger, so I can handle it pretty well myself.

    TableTop has been the catalyst for the reformation of our old gaming group here in Christchurch, which has morphed into a weekly evening of board games, so I also owe you a debt of thanks for that. It had ceased when my daughter was born about a year ago, and once I finally get over my writers block (and general tiredness) I’ll be back GM’ing again, but until that time table top games are filling the void nicely.

    Keep up the good work.
    Cheers from New Zealand!

  17. Been reading since you moved to WWdN and really enjoyed reading your thoughts and stories. I’ve especially loved seeing you find continuing success and professional happiness. Keep it up sir, you Rawk!

    Oh and happy birthday.

  18. And thank you for sharing your life with us digital strangers! Your openness and humanness really contributes to a good read.

  19. I just finished reading, well, listening to you audiobook of Just A Geek. I laughed, I cried, I got really bizarre looks on the bus when I brayed laughter and snorted, hard, whilst listening to the blooper reel on the bus. Thank you, for being you.

    Also, thank you for being part of the thing that helped me learn to be, and like, me. And that also helped me find my husband. Met him at a series finale watching party, and now twenty years later, I should probably go get him up for work.

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