Thursday, June 10, 2010

Another blogiversary, come and gone

Damn. I missed another blogiversary. But, better late than never:

On June 5, 2007, I posted this.

If you click through, you'll see that I started this blog at the beginning of a pre-tenure fellowship year, to chronicle the work on a first monograph in Medieval Stuff. "People might find this interesting," I thought. And sure enough, some people did. Along the way, there was a fabulous Judith Bennett roundtable, "remedial-gate," some romance for a time, and a lot of new friends -- some of whom I've even gotten to meet in person, much to my happiness.** When I got stuck, I'd sometimes post a photo. Like this:

The first book is now finished, and I've just gone through all of my old posts to add a tag, "First Book Chronicles." If you're interested in that process, click on the tag at right (or the link), and all my experience in this matter, both good and bad, will be revealed.

But as I said, the first book is now finished, and available for purchase. Barring some follow-up posts when the reviews come out, that part of the blog is definitively done. As a result, I find myself writing a blog in search of an identity. If you've noticed some rambling, navel-gazing, and opinionating over the last few months, that's why.

As in any creative endeavor, a theme or two will emerge soon, I'm sure. In the meantime, thanks for hanging out with me the past three years:*** readers, lurkers, new friends and old ones. It's been a blast, so I'm gonna keep it up, and see where we go.

**Turns out that the people who have been pretty cool online are also pretty cool in person. And we're all stunningly attractive.

***= 21 in blog years.


Comrade PhysioProf said...


clio's disciple said...

Wow! Look how far you've come in three years--good for you!

Comrade PhysioProf said...

Am I fucking high, or did you fiddle around with your blog template?

Belle said...

Book two coming up, no?

squadratomagico said...

Congrats! And it's fun to change the look once in a while, too (though I'm glad you kept the Nancy Drew avatar pic.)

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Thank you all!

@ CPP: the two may not be mutually exclusive terms.

@ Squadrato: Nancy Drew was one of the first elements of my blog layout I decided on. She's totally stayin'. Although I lack a zippy convertible to tool around town in with my "special friend" Ned.

Comrade PhysioProf said...

The way that weird background stays still while the text scrolls is freaking me out, man.

Susan said...

happy blogiversary!

Historiann said...

Happy blogiversary! Congratulations on your staying power. Oh, yeah: and the book too!

The blog that helps you write the first book may also be the blog you must kill in order to write the next one.

Anonymous said...

Is this related to the multiple projects you have on the go, perhaps? Too many things active to make an identity clear? In which case, perhaps it will emerge as the projects do. Here's hoping!