Today is the fourth anniversary of my first post at The Glittering Eye. Over the last year there have been a few developments here that I have found very gratifying. First, the discourse in the comments section has become significantly more lively and bids fair to continue. That was one of my fondest hopes when I started the blog and it’s beginning to be realized. Thanks for that to my small coterie of frequent commenters, Andy, Mark, Icepick, Jeff, Michael, PD. You, too, Lounsbury. I value your contributions.
Second, my traffic has doubled over the last year. Although it’s still small compared to that of the silverbacks in the blogosphere, it’s already more than I ever dreamed it would be. Thanks, all ye who pass by.
I continue to thank my primary blogospheric patrons—Dean Esmay, James Joyner, Joe Gandelman, the members of The Watcher’s Council, and my closest blogospheric allies, Callimachus, Marc Schulman (whom I believe is working on a book), Sideways Mencken, Mark Safranski and the rest of you. You know who you are.
If someone had asked me before I started the blog what my all-time most-viewed posts would be I would never in a million years have guessed they would be The Four Types of Dog Vomit (an oldie that made the rounds on dog-oriented listservs years ago) and How to Poach a Chicken Breast. Between the two of them they’ve probably garnered more hits than all of the rest of my posts put together.
The posts of which I’m proudest are probably
- Anthems, my first post to get any real attention
- Learning from History: the relief and rebuilding of New Orleans, which I wrote shortly after the Hurricane Katrina disaster
- The Influence of Immigrants on American Political Thought
Thanks all. See you around the water cooler. It’s a really good method for poaching chicken breasts, by the way.