Patterico's Pontifications

2/17/2021

Happy Blogiversary to Me

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:29 am



I started this blog 18 years ago today.

It’s kind of a wonder to me that it still exists. So many of the old-time bloggers either hung it up or became absorbed in the Great Corporate Wonderland that is the world of big-time sites. This one has certainly dwindled in readership over time, largely thanks to a certain disgraced “former social media influencer” I could name but won’t, and his impact on bringing the crazy side of the right into full focus.

Still, I’m pressing on, in large part due to the efforts of co-bloggers Dana and JVW, and because of readers like you. I’ve (re-)started a newsletter that has rejuvenated some of my interest in longer-form writing, with another edition for paid folks coming out today. I am also planning to distribute the first episode (really sort of a test episode) of a podcast — something that I had hoped to start years ago. The thought is to have that be for paid subscribers too. I owe them something extra, and I’m thinking that might be part of it. If you want to hear that first episode, and the pretty cool-sounding intro, make sure you subscribe in time to have it land in your in-box later today. We’ll shoot for having a call-in show at some point if I can figure out how to do that.

The blog is not dead, or even mostly dead. It’s feeling better. Thanks to Dana and JVW, and to you for reading.

25 Responses to “Happy Blogiversary to Me”

  1. Thanks as well to everyone who has helped me out in the past. You know who you are.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  2. Thank you for doing this blog. I really enjoy it.

    Time123 (d1bf33)

  3. Happy Birthday! Here’s to another 18.

    felipe (630e0b)

  4. Good egg; great blog. Congrats.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  5. Congrats.

    Let’s hope

    The blog is not dead, or even mostly dead. It’s feeling better.

    Is more a reference to this and not this

    frosty (f27e97)

  6. I first found this blog later in 2003, through a loosely affiliated network of california blogs, discussing the last recall. it’s astonishing to me that eighteen years have passed.

    aphrael (4c4719)

  7. Congrats!

    Nic (896fdf)

  8. Content you can always trust!

    Huzzah!

    Dave (1bb933)

  9. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I miss the days of focusing on the various biased mainstream media outlets – especially the LA Times aka the Dog Trainer.

    Brotherico (49c71d)

  10. Congrats, and well done.

    Paul Montagu (77c694)

  11. Many happy returns, Patterico!

    nk (1d9030)

  12. I appreciate what you do here, Patterico.

    Simon Jester (687366)

  13. In honor of your achievement, here’s a Happy Birthday pipe organ improv by Olivier Latry, the titulaire at Notre Dame de Paris. He’s not my favorite improviser; I prefer the San Sulpice people (Daniel Roth and Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin), but pulling all that out of the birthday song takes talent.

    Radegunda (20775b)

  14. Congrats! I appreciate the insights here!

    whembly (6c6692)

  15. * Saint-Sulpice.

    Radegunda (20775b)

  16. Oh, I had forgotten that three others are involved in that improv. The hand-offs are interesting to watch.

    Radegunda (20775b)

  17. We’ve gone a little bit into discussing only one topic. I have seven or eight distinct things to say about the coronavirus, and I could at least summarize them, but thus post is not the place.

    Sammy Finkelman (00fff5)

  18. This will be a short thread because there’s nothing to argue about. 😀 We all like the blog.

    Time123 (457a1d)

  19. Congratulations, Patterico!

    Dana (fd537d)

  20. Happy Aniversary! As a relative newcomer, I had no idea you’ve been doing this for so long. But I have enjoyed the content and the commenters.

    Hoi Polloi (15cfac)

  21. At an appropriate time I’ll be first and least forgiving on the dogpile. But not today. If despite our disagreements, we can’t allow the bereaved a decent interval before excoriating their loved ones, can we agree on anything?

    R.I.P.

    lurker (59504c)

  22. Oops, wrong thread. (I’ll re-post it where it belongs.)

    Many well-deserved congrats.

    lurker (59504c)

  23. Congratulations. One of the very few truly great, honest citizen journalist blogs left. They were all supposed to be like this.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  24. Congratulations. I’m one of the ones that hung it up.

    It can’t have been easy. One thing though, those first few years you (and everyone) struggled for an audience with only a few Big Name bloggers getting any attention. Now, you are one of the Big Name bloggers, and many of those other guys have hung it up, joined a Borg, or got hypnotized by Wormtongue.

    Do you know that this is the only blog I read regularly? Well, it is.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  25. 18 years a remarkable dedication to your readers

    epwj (a874fa)


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