The Glittering Eye, Fifteen Years and Counting

When I began posting here at The Glittering Eye most blogs were independent, non-commercial ventures produced by single individuals as this blog continues to be. A lot has changed in 15 years. Nowadays most blogs are group blogs, bloggers have become newspaper columnists, and media organizations, corporations, and organizations comprise an enormous amount of the alleged content being produced. Facebook has taken over most personal blogs.

Nowadays on average I write five posts a day. Over the 15 years I have written nearly 16,000 individual posts. It continues to be a form of therapy for me, keeping me engaged and interested. I plan to maintain this blog as long as I have the consciousness and energy to do so. I still have stories to tell.

I produced a link farm of some of my best posts on my 12th anniversary if you’re interested.

19 comments… add one
  • Andy Link

    I would have to go back and look, but I think I’ve been reading and commenting here for 12-13 years.

    Congratulations on the anniversary – I am continually amazed (and appreciative) that you’ve been able to keep up this level of out for this long.

  • Jan Link

    Dave, your energetic consciousness is both appreciated and admired, as well as the even-handed way you seem to manage opinions and commentaries shared here. Kudos for all the years devoted to this blog. And, may there indeed be many more years to come of your thoughtfully woven words.

  • CuriousOnlooker Link

    Congragulations! Hear’s to many more years of excellent commentary.

  • Gray Shambler Link

    Many thanks Dave.

  • TastyBits Link

    Thanks for a place to have mostly civil reasonable and unreasonable discussions.

  • Icepick Link

    Congrats! I haven’t been around lately, but I don’t doubt but that quality has been maintained. This is an impressive body of work.


  • Icepick Link

    Icepick. Approaching 25 years on the ‘net, and still cursing typos every single day.

  • Andy Link

    Wow, glad to see you are still around Ice.

  • Guarneri Link

    I’m not sure what to say. The blog has a relatively small, but loyal following, although who knows how many just lurk. It obviously strikes a chord. Always thought provoking. Yes, sometimes infuriating. But that’s OK. In some ways it’s the whole point. A world full of Mr Spock’s is dry.

    Perhaps the highest complement that can be given, at least IMHO, is that you have caused me, and I suspect others, to ponder, reconsider and sometimes alter my viewpoints. As one of my favorite lawyers will sometimes quip during negotiations, “I concede to your superior logic.”

    I do hope you don’t lose your interest and energy for the activity. Oh, and thanks for accommodating the arcane and sometimes (intentionally) silly references. Like, say, The Politics of Dancing. Life is short; have some fun along the way.

  • Icepick Link

    Yeah, this was the last blog standing in my reading list, and eventually I just stopped coming around. Why? Because my attention span had become too attenuated by Twitter, which is an evil creation. But I was interested to see what Dave thought of the college admissions scandal, and to an extent the news out of NZ. I just happily hit on the 15 yr anniversary. Good to see some of the regulars still here, especially Dave himself.

  • steve Link

    Congratulations! Thank you for being so tolerant.


  • Andy Link


    And here I thought you might have succumbed to the Haitian gangs or your neighbor’s dogs. Turns out it was something much, much worse – Twitter.

    Get out while you still can.

  • TastyBits Link

    It is good to hear from you. Hope you, your wife, and daughter are doing well.

    I am glad o see you surface.

    We still need @CStanley, and if @Janis Gore drops by, it would be a party.

  • janis gore Link

    Ok, Tasty, here I am. I’ve learned I best stay quiet.

    However, that is quite a record, Dave, and I’m still looking in regularly.

  • TastyBits Link

    @janis gore
    I am glad to hear from you. Hopefully, all is well, or at least, as well as possible. I just want you to know that you are not forgotten and somebody is thinking about you.

    Now, calling @CStanley, calling @CStanley.

    Also, we have not heard from @Steve Verdon since the last time he suddenly popped-up. I am sure that I am missing a lot of the commenters who have dropped-off, but I want to give a shout-out to the @Zachriel(s).

    Apparently, @Ben Wolf ‘dropped the mike’, and our @FamousFictionWriter is still pouting at OTB.

  • Icepick Link

    The Haitians have spread out, and in general black gangs are interested in other black gangs. The neighbor with the worst dogs moved away years ago. The neighbors breeding pits keep them chained & miserable for the most part. I still stay out of my backyard tho, which is now a full jungle.

    Also, the neighborhood is more diverse now. More Hispanics & Indians. Strange times get stranger.

  • Icepick Link

    Oh, and we have had real fun. The guy up the street gunning down home invaders while a neighbor & I were on the front porch was fun. Two hiuses up they were shooting into the house across the street Hatfields & McCoys style. I found a 9 mm bullet on my roof. We missed one of Markeith Lloyd’s shootouts with cops by five minutes. (We were running late that morning. Normally we would have been at North Lane & Pune Hills Road when he had his second shootiut of the morning. That one was a draw. Lloyd won the first one when he outdrew a cop at a Walmart, put her dow, then walked up to her and shot her in the face.)

    Funny, I thought things were calming down a bit, but now that I’m writing it out….

    A drive by at an elementary svhool in Rosemont a few days back. Another guy shot over on Bonnie Bare, followed by a mysterioys van explosion & hoyse fire the next day, the dead body behind the old tire store at Powers & Silver Star, the woman shot a street over in broad daylight a couple days later with cops right around the corner (!! And natch, the cops still couldn’t catch the perps when tney had then pinned down), etc.

    Same shit, different year.

  • TastyBits Link


    Sounds like you have become acclimated to the violence. I am not sure if that is good or bad, but you should be able to handle most rough areas (in/out-of-country). Animals are animals in any city or any country. (For those triggered, visit one of these paradises, but make sure you bring an extra pair of underwear.)

    You could declare yourself transgender, claim you are being attacked, and setup-up a GoFundMe page. Before long, you should be able to move next door to @Drew.

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