January 14, 2013

9th bloggiversary!

It was 9 years ago today that I started this blog.

And it's been 9 years of blogging every single day — weekends, holidays, never a single day without a post written by me, with never any substitute bloggers taking my place, and an average, in the last year, of 13+ posts a day. I hope you like it. But even if you hate it: Thanks for reading.

I can't say any longer that I'm the only one who's ever posted on the front page of this blog, because a few weeks ago, I authorized my brilliant and trustworthy husband Meade to co-blog. So far, he's done posts pushing the Amazon Associates program, which is the primary way this blog produces income. I hope you enjoy even the Amazon intrusions, especially now that they are laced with Meade-charm.

47 comments:

mccullough said...

Congratulations.

traditionalguy said...

Your Blog is a great pleasure to me. Thanks for sharing.

ndspinelli said...

I "hope" the shilling is limited. Congrats on 9 years.

wyo sis said...

Congratulations. I appreciate your hard work.

Lem said...

Nine out of ten people...

Pete said...

Congratulations, Althouse.

Freeman Hunt said...

Congratulations! And thank you.

Nonapod said...

Congrajamations. I've only been reading for about 4 years and posting for perhaps 2, but I've enjoyed your posts and the various regular commentors around here.

Rube said...

Congratulations. My how time flies when you are having fun and fun it is. I rarely miss a day visiting Althouse and its been that way for at least six years.

Tom said...

Althouse, it's a great blog and thanks for all your work and creativity. I appreciate that you challenges us as readers to think. So congratulations for the last nine years - Well Done!

ricpic said...

Meadecharm and Zeusjuice, they make the home complete;
A dog to chase around the house, a man to knead my feet.

Irene said...

Thank you and congratulations! We try not to miss a day reading your blog.

Mitchell the Bat said...

Nine years of living freely through writing. Good for you.

wyo sis said...

Congratulations and thank you.

nina said...

...I don't think I missed a single day of reading. Super congrats!

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks to everyone for reading.

And also for commenting!

gerry said...

Indeed, congratulations. Your comments are very helpful at times, especially "CALM DOWN PEOPLE!"

Thank you.

Pogo said...

Yowza, what a trip.
Thanks for all the fish, Althouse.

"Number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine
Number nine, number nine
Industry allows financial imbalance
Thrusting it between his shoulder blades
The watusi, the twist
Eldorado
Take this, brother, may it serve you well
"

Conserve Liberty said...

Huh - wow!! very nice annivaersary! I wonder just how long I've been reading?

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Congratulations, and thank you!

Mr. D said...

I have about 7 or 8 daily reads. Yours is one of the first. Thanks, Professor.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

9th ANNIVERSARY
Traditional Anniversary Gift: Pottery
Modern Anniversary Gift: Leather

You should find suitable links on Amazon.

edutcher said...

Congrats, Madame, you work very hard on the blog, and it shows.

Hopefully, your sweetie can take some of the load off your shoulders.

PS Maybe it's time to re-christen the vessel Meadhouse?

purplepenquin said...

congratz on the Nine Years of Daily Posting. That truly is a remarkable accomplishment.


But why does it have to only be a choice between liking and hating the blog? 'cause quite a few folks sure do love it...

ad hoc said...

Congratulations. Your posts cover so many different topics; so there is something for everyone. And the photographs are wonderful. Thank you.

Marty said...

Been reading you (and your fractious commentariat) for years. You are simply in a class by yourself. Thanks for the great combination of curiosity, intellect, and love for our American founding principles.

Icepick said...

One can use the archives to see how fashions have changed over the years. This stuff is an archaeologist's dream....

Marty said...

Been reading you (and your fractious commentariat) for years. You are simply in a class by yourself. Thanks for the great combination of curiosity, intellect, and love for our American founding principles.

Inga said...

Congratulations Ann! There are days that I can say I hate this blog, or maybe the comments section, but more often find myself fascinated, engrossed, disgusted, laughing out loud, or cussing out loud, even enlightened.

Thanks!

phx said...

You gotta give Althouse credit for nine years of blogging. Big praise for that.

phx said...

And you, a college professor.

Sorry, I just enjoy saying that so much.

SteveR said...

Thanks Ann, I very much appreciate your efforts and dedication. I started with you about six months in and I have always enjoyed reading your posts and commenting, even though I occaisionally fed the trolls.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

Most always, when you've said "Althouse," you've said it all.

amielalune said...

Congrats! Thanks for all that you do. Please keep it up.

I read a lot of blogs, and rarely comment but I have to say that yours probably has the widest and most thought-provoking range of topics of all of them.

Chip S. said...

ndspinelli said...
I "hope" the shilling is limited.

I'm a big fan of curt shilling, too.

Congrats, Althouse, and thanks for the space.

Robin said...

An astonishing record of accomplishment, ma'am.

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Harrington said...

Professor,

Congratulations and thank you.

Clyde said...

Congratulations, Ann! I blogged for a while myself, although not on a daily basis. I got burned out about three years ago and let it slide, so I know what goes into doing it so prolifically.

OT, but since there hasn't been a cafe thread lately, I'll share this story here.

We have a citrus packing house here locally that ships Indian River fruit around the country. Their signature fruit is the honeybell tangelo, a cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine that is large, sweet and juicy. They are only available in January, although they have a package that sends honeybell marmalade before Christmas and then a box of honeybells in January. I send these Honeybell Express packages to all of my friends and family Up North as a Christmas present.

Anyway, on Saturday morning, I got an email from my friend Barbara in Chicago:

Hi Clyde,

My sister Julie, in Sarasota. called yesterday to tell us that her sister-in-law passed away after her 2 -year fight with cancer. Cathy was the first of the 6 S------ kids. Julie's husband is 2 years younger. So Julie & her family are driving up this weekend for the funeral.

From time to time, my sister Gail (the nurse) would drive to the south side of Chicago to help care for Cathy. Gail was there Thursday, the day before Cathy died. She brought Cathy one of the honeybells. She peeled it and fed each segment to Cathy. Gail told me that Cathy really enjoyed the orange and said. "This is how an orange should taste".

I just wanted you to know and to thank you. One of her last earthly pleasures was that delicious Florida sweetness.


Well, that hit me like a ton of bricks. I was very sad about the death of a woman I'd never even met, but glad that even in the most indirect way, I'd helped to bring some light to her last days. It just goes to show that we don't always know that positive effects we can have on other people, even indirectly.

Patrick said...

That's a hell of a thing, Clyde. You just never know when a particular kindness will matter.

ken in sc said...

i read your blog every day. Keep up the good work.

bagoh20 said...

An amazing accomplishment, but you might just be nuts. Happy Anniversary, and yes, I do very much appreciate both the quantity and the quality of the work. Unsurpassed in my opinion.

Elliott A said...

From one Althouse to another congrats. I would keep reading even if you had changed your name when you married Meade. It is always fascinating to see how reasonably intelligent people can look at the same information and arrive at such disparate conclusions on such a wide array of topics.

Chuck Currie said...

Thank you.

Cheers

hamcentral said...

Thanks Professor! Althouse has been in my Google Reader list for a year and a half, and I've enjoyed your writing and thoughtful commentary almost every day. Please keep up your excellent work.

Fandor said...

Keep on blogin'. Congratulations!

Aridog said...

Congratulations on the 9 years of providing a true forum for conversation on myriad subjects. Quoting Chip S; "and thanks for the space."