Crooked Timber has announced their ten-year anniversary, which reminds me that my ten-year mark passed a few days ago, on July 1. That’s right, I was blogging just slightly longer than Crooked Timber has existed!
When I started The Weblog (with a post complaining about Comcast), I was still living in Kankakee, working as a receptionist in a chiropractor’s office, and looking forward to starting my MA at Chicago Theological Seminary in the fall. Blogging has been a constant presence, then, in my career as a grad student and now as an academic, and it’s been pretty formative. It’s been the way I’ve met many of my most important intellectual comrades and closest friends — and in fact, it was only due to the blog that I ever learned of the job opening at Shimer College.
I have gone through periodic cycles where I was sure that blogging was going to destroy my career before it even began, but I guess that didn’t happen, at least not yet. In fact, the evidence seems to point the other way, which I somehow can’t process or acknowledge. So for now I’ll simply say — may it be another decade before the shoe inevitably drops! Thanks, everyone.