2 Year Blogoversary


2 bday

When I first started blogging I never thought I would last one year, let alone two. I started doing this to get things off my chest. My wife was tired of listening to me vent all the time.

Blogging provides a nice release and I find it a good way to get ideas out of my head. I never thought I would get many–if any–readers. I don’t write this to be self-deprecating but to be realistic. After all, how many thousands (hundreds of thousands? millions?) of blogs are out there?

I had read other people’s websites and posted comments–a lot of comments–long before I started my own blog so I had a certain level of interaction with the blogosphere (I hate that word). But having your own blog is different. As the days have progressed to months and the months now two years, I have developed a number of virtual friendships that have opened my mind in many ways. So I want to thank you for that.

And big h/ts to my top referrers (in alpha order), Bob, Kellie, Martin, Noga, Norm, Roland, Snoop, Stark and Sultan. You all have brought a lot of readers to this humble third-tier blog and I greatly appreciate it.

What does the future hold? I’m not sure. As far as this blog goes, I’d like to move towards the slow-food approach (slow-blogging?). Less concern about staying on top of the latest news and events and more in-depth explorations.

Whether this will happen, I do not know. Our son is the main priority now. I am also trying to complete my dissertation and would like to finish by fall 2009  or spring 2010 at the latest. After that, who knows? My wife and I have been discussing moving back to California. We both miss it a great deal and our parents are not getting any younger. We want our son to grow up around his grandparents.

9 responses »

  1. Congratulations! Your blog is just a couple of months younger than mine. I try to visit your site every day, and would be disappointed (though I’d understand) if you decided to press ahead with the slow-blogging idea. There’s still a lot more I want to know about your politics, and how you arrived at your present position – so please don’t slow down too much! ‘More in-depth explorations’ sounds good, though – I look forward to them!

  2. Thanks, Martin! I visit your site everyday as well. At least every day I am on the computer/blogging.

    As far as the slow blogging idea, it’s not like I plan to post once a month or anything like that. I just want to write more about history and political thought and spend less time commenting on current events.

    Re: how I arrived at my current position, some of this is at “¿The New Centrist?” link at the top of the page.

  3. Happy blogoversary, TNC. As for this feeling of release, after almost four years I find it a bit overrated. Probably the next step will be into serial murder or somewhat more deeply satisfying like this 😉


  4. A belated happy birthday, and thanks for all the links!

    I very much enjoyed the earlier post on the in-laws, especially the way food took over as the main subject. When under stress, eat!

  5. happy blogversery. my 5 year stint makes me feel like a veteran. i started after parenthood. a dad friend of mine told me that when you become a dad you find that after kid-time, you have precious little couple-time with your partner so after a while you find you have neglected what he called “shed time”. i don’t know if that translates across the atlantic. here, a lot of men have garden sheds, or allotment sheds, where they retreat from the family and “potter”, just do their own thing. for me, blogging was kind of “shed time”. only after a couple of months did i start developing borderline personality disorders associated with addiction…

    anyway, i have enjoyed your blog these 2 years: it seems like more than 2 years, and that i have gotten to know you as a person, even tho we have never met, and i am glad to have had that opportunity.

    keep it up, fast or slow.

  6. Thanks for the comments everyone. I always enjoy visiting your blogs.

    Kellie, my wife would say food is *always* the main subject with me. I don’t know if I would go that far but I certainly do enjoy cooking and eating!

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