The first post on this blog was June 17, 2007. At that time I had no idea how long it would last. A few weeks? A few months? It was mainly an opportunity for me to express ideas unrelated to my academic work, my thoughts on news and current events.
Over time I attracted a nice collegial group of folks who provide comments and/or links to my blog (either in posts on on their blogrolls) including: Bob from Brockley, the Contentious Centrist, Democratiya Journal, Roland Dobbs, Marko Attila Hoare, Judith Apther Klinghoffer, Stephen Farrington, Modernity Blog, Snoopy the Goon, Sultan Knish, Martin in the Margins, DK, Marc Shulman and Norman Geras (if I forgot you, my apologies! Post a comment and I will add you). You might notice a fairly diverse group of individuals listed. Some might even find their political perspectives at odds with each other. But what I appreciate about all of you is your unique approach, your individual quirks and eccentricities, in short, your humanity. Thank you all for your thoughtful comments and occasional constructive criticism. When I started I never thought this small semi-anonymous blog would receive the number of top-notch visitors that it has.
Another thing, prior to putting an Invisite link (thanks, Sultan) I didn’t know where my visitors were located. I also did not think any of my (non-blogger) friends were visiting. Now that I can spot the location of visitors, it looks some of my friends are checking the site out. Yes, I see you visiting from Brazil, Canada, Florida, Israel, California, Greece, and elsewhere. Nice to know you are checking the site out.
Here are a few of my favorite posts from the past year: