Ten years later …
posted at 8:19 am on October 2, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
… I’m still here. In fact, I didn’t even realize that today was my 10th anniversary in blogging (“blogiversary”) until Jeryl Bier, who now writes for the Weekly Standard, dropped me a note of congratulations early today. I have now done this professionally for longer than I did it as a hobby, which seems very strange — and very wonderful — to me.
Anyway, I just wanted to thank readers here at Hot Air, my colleagues here and at Townhall, Salem Communications, and the Boss Emeritus for all of the many kindnesses and years of support. I hope to be here ten years from now to celebrate that blogiversary, too.
Update: By request, here’s the link to my first post. But I’ll be happy to post it in its entirety:
So, naturalists observe, a flea
Hath smaller fleas which on him prey
And these have smaller still to bite ’em,
and so proceed ad infinitum.
Thus every poet, in his kind,
Is bit by him who comes behind.
— Jonathan Swift
I love this quote, and I’ve had it memorized since I first read it in Tom Burnham’s Dictionary of Misinformation. In fact, I think it explains blogs and their popularity, and in some degrees their incestuousness. Glenn Reynolds or Andrew Sullivan read a news story, and they post a commentary, and then other blogs post commentaries to their commentaries, and so proceed ad infinitum.
Don’t get me wrong – I think that’s terrific! We need an open market for political discussion. Hash things out to the nth degree. Argue, bicker, and scold. The trick is to keep your head, check your assumptions, and expose yourselves to differing points of view. That’s what I will try to do here. I hope you enjoy the hell out of it.
I have enjoyed the hell out of it for ten years — thanks to all of you.