Today marks the third anniversary of Right Wing Nuthouse. Looking back on my humble, fumbling beginnings (and my even more humbling present) makes me realize how much and how little has changed in my life as well as the wide, wide world of blogs.
I am a little wiser today, a lot better informed and more circumspect in my language (believe it or not). I’m a little more cynical about some things, less so about others.
Things I’d like to improve upon as they relate to this site: more patience with critics, more posting, a little more fearlessness on issues I know I’m going to get slammed on by everybody.
The blogosphere has changed considerably since I began. There is still much punditry but also efforts to use blogs in ways not foreseen three years ago. Cooperative efforts in covering stories and the use of video are huge changes. Podcasting is also an innovation. And blog radio although I’m not sure where that last is going.
There are several new voices and some who quit for one reason or another. I myself read fewer blogs every day than I did three years ago – no time. And that’s the biggest change of all; I’m making a living writing. Not a good one, but a living nonetheless.
I’ve made many friends over the last three years – and lost many as well. I regard both as my greatest success and my worst failure. Any blogger who writes for any length of time is going to experience the same. There will always come a point where you choose writing what you feel or not. I always seem to choose the former which has gotten me in trouble with friends, enemies, right, left, center, and the janitor down the hall. I’ve riled everyone at one point or another – occupational hazard I suppose.
I am not going to name all those who have so generously supported this site through thick and through thin. There are literally dozens of people, blogs big and small, people both famous and obscure, who I could thank by name and who have lent their assistance by linking often or sending along words of encouragement and advice, or simply reading and commenting intelligently. I can’t begin to express the gratitude I feel. Nor will I be able to repay the many kindnesses extended to me by so many of you.
Enough looking back. Time to move forward. I hope you continue the journey with me.