The first decade

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.

5 thoughts on “The first decade

  1. I’ve been reading you on and off for many years, and have been very glad to be able to contribute to the enterprise in my fashion. It’s been a treat to watch your thinking and writing race along as well as shape a small community. Ten more years! Where do we go to vote?

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