I started blogging on November 2nd of 2000 with a carefully crafted analysis of supreme court nominations by previous presidents, in response to anti-Nader campaigning that promised Nader supporters that their support would spell the end of abortion rights in the US. That post has been lost to history (and a bad webhosting service); the oldest post I still have (Sierra Club Goes Anti-Green) was written the following day, again as a defense of the Nader campaign.
By 2007 I was blogging professionally, first at Lifehack.org and then for a number of big sites as either a some-time contributor or a guest writer. In 2005 I teamed up with a bunch of other young anthropologists to launch one of the first anthropology-focused blogs, Savage Minds, which has become a major destination for anthropology on the Web. In 2008 I launched The Writer’s Technology Companion, still a proud accomplishment although I haven’t kept it up as well as I had originally hoped. But it is this blog — including all the original content (except that very first post) from One Man’s Opinion and from my sex and gender blog ThinkNaughty (also lost in the aforementioned bad webhost incident) — that has remained my main blog, even when — as has definitely been the case this year — I’ve been too busy and/or distracted to post.
This year has seen tremendous changes for me. First, my freelance writing career took off in a way I’d never expected — and I discovered that I really wasn’t cut out for the demands of a successful freelance writing career. Then, just when it seemed I couldn’t bear it any more, I was offered my current position as the registrar of the UNLV Barrick Museum, allowing me to give up the freelancing entirely and return to two things I’m deeply passionate about: anthropology and museums. What that means for my future blogging I still haven’t determined — on one hand, I should (in theory) have a lot more time to post; on the other, I haven’t quite figured out what to post about.
But after 10 years, I’ve learned that if I wait long enough, there’s always something I feel strongly enough about to get me posting again. So, here’s looking forward to the next decade of blogging!