Doctor Zero No More
posted at 2:40 am on October 31, 2010 by Doctor Zero
I became a blogger in April of 2009, when I was invited to post in the Green Room at Hot Air. I was a prolific poster of comments in the forums before that. I had no idea what I would do with a full column space at first. I remember staring at the frozen tundra of a blank Microsoft Word document, fingers floating over the keyboard, listening to the news and wondering what to write about.
I’ve never had to wonder about that again. Writer’s block is no threat, when eventful days are spent in a fountain of creativity like Hot Air. There have always been more things to write about than hours available to write… until now.
This is a grand experiment for everyone involved. For me, it’s nothing short of a miracle: the discovery of an entirely new destiny, halfway through my life. It’s humbling to become a part of such a revered institution, especially in these remarkable times. The pages of history are turning before us. I’ve just been handed a pen, and invited to scribble in the margins.
I can’t begin to tell you how much the writers and readers of Hot Air have meant to me. It was a rare privilege to be given such a high-profile spot to begin my blogging career. I hope with all my heart that I have been worthy of this privilege. Rarely has a writer been gifted with such swift and insightful feedback, from such a perceptive and spirited community. You have taught me a hundred lessons, in the comment forums to every post I have written. Both words of praise, and polite disagreement, have been priceless treasures. Impolite disagreement has been a guilty pleasure to read, when it comes with a dash of wit.
Whatever skill I possess at writing has been gained by studying the best. Michelle, Ed, Allahpundit, and everyone else involved with Hot Air have created something truly special. I consider myself second to none in my admiration for their work. With heart, humor, and keen insight, the Hot Air crew makes sense of overwhelming events. The gifts of laughter and wisdom are given with wondrous regularity here. I remain a most devoted reader, eager to receive those gifts every day.
You have changed my life. I hope I’ve contributed something to yours, and may continue to do so.
As Human Events is not the sort of place where people write under the names of hopelessly obscure super-heroes, I am “Doctor Zero” no more. (Well, except on Twitter, where I’m still Doc_0.)
Yours with enduring respect and affection,