Monday, March 23, 2009

This is the seventh anniversary of this blog

Started on March 23 2002. It's outlasted a score of others and has at this point been going longer than both Atrios and Daily Kos. Both of them started several weeks after mine. Like them, I got the idea of starting a blog from Tom Tomorrow's site. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world that a cartoonist who I liked had his own website where he wrote actual straight words on top of making comics. Although I had been accumulating information for a while that I wanted to write about, the very specific idea to start a website was something I did almost in a state of megalomaniacal drunkeness. Blogs were far from breaking out, far from having a Time Magazine cover with a mirror on it that was in reference to them, and I wasn't sure if anything would come of it or whether it would be something interesting that I'd play with for a little while and then lose interest in. Instead, starting writing lead to a kind of snowball effect, where the more I wrote the more I found I had stuff to write about, leading to even more writing, leading to having even more ideas and ideas about stuff to research to get more ideas about things to write about. It was like the equivalent of setting yourself on fire in one big poof. It has certainly changed me, and has become one of the most important events in my life.

Here's to writing even more, being even wordier, and hopefully still hitting it hard.

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