December 9, 2007
The Class of '03
Ralph Luker points out today that the history group blog Cliopatria has just celebrated its fourth birthday. Or anniversary perhaps. I guess it depends on how you look at it.
CT passed the same marker in July, though it does not appear from the archives that anyone noticed at the time.
A slogan that used to appear at Technorati said something like: "There are 55 million blogs. Some of them have to be good." I never understood the logic of that. The idea that enough quantity is bound to produce some quality is not too rigorous, even by the standards of some blowhard quoting Anti-Duhring. Likewise, enduring for four years is no guarantee of anything either. But it's pretty remarkable, even so, especially given the hyper-ephemeral nature of this medium.
Cliopatria at its best has been an example of why those who denounce the entire blogosphere as a bunch of people wearing pajamas in their basements and whinging about American Idol are, themselves, pretty silly. Congratulations to Ralph and the other Cliopatricians (also to myself for the good luck of being one of them) and also, retroactively, to the Timberistas (and ditto).
(crossposted from CT)
Posted by smclemee at December 9, 2007 8:15 PM
Little-known fact: The Weblog is older than Crooked Timber and Cliopatria. Another one: I'm just keeping it going in the hopes of outlasting them.
Posted by: Adam Kotsko at December 9, 2007 8:59 PM
I did not know that. Good luck.
It just dawned on me that my own site, McLemee.com, launched sometime in late December 2003. I will do a major overhaul in the new year.
I've been meaning to do so for ages, but dread the prospect, since it requires skills I do not now have and will need to acquire. My impulse is to wait until this whole "internet" thing blows over.
Posted by: Scott McLemee at December 10, 2007 9:52 AM