It’s times like these that I wonder if I’ve been at this blogging thing a bit too long. I ask that question because I’ve done it again. I’ve done the same thing in 2007 that I did a year ago in 2006.
I missed my own blogiversary.
Yes, believe it or not, yesterday was the third anniversary of a cold and dreary Saturday when, more or less on a whim, I sat down in front of my computer and wondered if I could do this blogging thing that had been written about in the media so much over the preceding few months. After all, I had had several years’ experience sparring with Holocaust deniers, creationists, and alternative medicine advocates on Usenet, but that had grown a bit stale. I wondered if blogging might be a better outlet for the wonder that is Orac. Firing up Blogger, I created an account, and the very first incarnation of Respectful Insolence was born. It took a few weeks, but other skeptical bloggers started to notice me and, with judicious links by the likes of P. Z. Myers and others plus the exposure due to my hosting the Second Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle (little suspecting that I would end up organizing the this blog carnival less than six months later) and an edition of Grand Rounds, the blog was off and running. Finally, in late 2005, I was invited to join the ScienceBlogs collective (my entry into which, due to forces beyond my control and some dithering on my part, didn’t happen, alas, until February 2006, making me miss being part of the first wave of bloggers), and things really took off after that.
I haven’t looked back since.
Of course, three continuous years in the blogosphere makes me pretty long-lived as bloggers go. Assuming I make it to a fourth blogiversary (and, given how much I enjoy blogging, I see no reason right now why I wouldn’t, although I can see how life circumstances could force me to cut back on my usual excessively manic blogging pace next year), I have to wonder if I’ll even notice next time that the anniversary has arrived.