18 August 2013

Ten Years



One decade ago today, I sat down and started writing blog posts here.

This is the room I wrote in:


That room no longer exists, and not just because it doesn't have all my books and papers everywhere. The house was renovated (for the first time in decades) after I left, with the area that had been my apartment pretty well gutted.

The computer I began the blog with was an iMac G3. A year later, I got the laptop that's visible in those photos.

I've been working up to this anniversary moment by writing posts about each of the years in the decade. Here they are for easy reference, along with the primary topics of the posts:
What I haven't yet said is what most needs to be said: Thank you to you, for reading. I would have continued with the blog for a while even if nobody read it, but I wouldn't have gone on for 10 years. Audiences are necessary as soundingboards and goads and inspiration. I don't have words for how grateful I am to the folks who've stopped by, read some of my rantings and ramblings, and sometimes even returned. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I'm not myself old enough yet to sing Stephen Sondheim's great song "I'm Still Here", but 10 years of internet time has got to be close to being old enough, and I've always thought Elaine Stritch's voice would be perfect for the audio book of the blog, so let's let her sing for us in celebration...

 

Tomorrow, I start in the Ph.D. in Literature program at the University of New Hampshire. It's a new path, a new experience. I have no plans to end this blog. It's come this far, so why not keep going?

7 comments:

  1. Congrats on 10 years of better blogging than most of us will ever achieve, Matt! Best of wishes with the Ph.D. program as well. Will there be the chance of more of your studies bleeding into the blog in the future?

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    1. Thanks, Larry. I expect that it will be impossible for me to keep whatever I happen to be working on out of this blog, unless somebody pays me lots of money to be silent, and if there's one thing we know about PhD students, it's that they're not paid very well!

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    2. So true (even though I dropped out after my MA). Looking forward to seeing what paths you do follow here in the future. Sorry that I'm so late in responding, but I pretty much restrict blogging to the weekends now due to my two jobs.

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  2. I don't comment often but it's been a pleasure reading along. Good luck moving forward.

    --Nathan

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  3. Thanks for writing. This is still one of my favorite book blogs!

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  4. Congratulations on reaching ten years! Your writings have inspired me to seek out many a book and movie, and I am a different person because of some of those books and movies. But I should also say that your own writing about criticism, politics, and more, have also been very influential on me. Thank you. I look forward to the next ten years!

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words!

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