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January 09, 2006

this blog turns three

I first posted on January 8, 2003. The congressional office that I described that day belonged to Bob Ney--"Representative no. 1" in the Abramoff court papers.

I've since posted 766 times more: once every work day, except when we're on family vacations. I enjoy the rhythm of a daily activity; it's my hobby now. For better or worse, it has replaced playing the clavichord.

I've discovered that if you stick with blogging for long enough, your archive of posts becomes more popular than your daily contribution. People reach an archive by searching the whole web, which means that they don't read my old posts about extremely common terms, like "George Bush" or "philosophy." But quite a few people find themselves on this site because of a search for Miles Horton, the great American political educator and civil rights leader, about whom I once made an offhand remark. (There is a great need for a good Miles Horton website.) Some come to find out about Lia Lee, the tragic victim of cultural miscommunication in Anne Fadiman's great book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. (Sometimes people email me to find out whether Lia is still alive. It's possible, but I don't have any way of knowing.) And some arive from Google's image search page to see a photo of a Persian lion that I took one summer in Burgundy. These most common search terms are pretty miscellaneous and random--but then so have been my experiences over the past three years.

Posted by peterlevine at January 9, 2006 07:41 AM


Congrats on the 3 years. BBC interviewed Isabelle Allende, I think, about "January 8th." She started her first book that day. Since it was succesful, she begins each book on that day also.

Posted by: Scott D [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 10, 2006 09:37 AM

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