This blog began, rather humbly, on April 29, 2004.
In just over four years, 3000 posts, about 2 per day. Give each post an average of ten minutes' thought--pressing it for some, not even close for many--and we're talking a minimum of 30,000 minutes. That's 21 days of nothing but blogging. (And that's a minimum, trust me.)
What does it all mean? I'm a national expert on Lincoln-Douglas debate. I'm an RSS feed. I'm a sparring partner. I'm a resource for randomness. And, these days, I'm busy elsewhere, too: two edu-blogs suck away precious blogging time.
Only one thing qualifies me for blogging sainthood, though: a steadfast refusal to keep it free. Free of ads, free of undue influence, free of charge, free of nasty odors.
I don't know what the future holds. National Board was supposed to be the last major distraction before I started writing a book, which would push blogging to the side for the summer. Can't say for sure, though. It is a deeply established addiction, a memory well, a jumping-off place, a reflection zone, an idea generator. And it's fun.
3,000 is just a round number, anyway. Nothing special about it--post 3,001 could be better.
I close by mangling the Emerson quote that has haunted me this graduation season, on cards, on invitations, on billboards, on pop-up ads, on ransom notes, and on love letters.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies we tell ourselves."
Mine: blogging is just a hobby.