It was January 2001 when Greg Dean "discovered" Schlock Mercenary and linked to it. I remember that month well -- my traffic more than doubled, and stayed doubled. A portion of my ancient core following is made up of loyal Real Life fans.
It was eight years ago last week that Greg first started putting Real Life on the web. I've only been reading it for about six of those years, but I've been reading it regularly.
In a few weeks he hits strip #2000. I have no idea what he's got planned, so I'm being careful not to talk it up too much lest I set your expectations too high... but there's a rumor* that all his readers will be getting cash money via email if they forward the strip to Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.
(*Note: I started the rumor)