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Well, Its Been Quite A Year

by @ 12:00 am on July 4, 2006. Filed under Blogging, News About The Site

Today is the one-year anniversary of this blog.

It all started with this post (orginally hosted on Blogspot but since moved here), and just took off from there. When I first started this blog, I wondered if I would really be able to keep it up on a daily basis, whether I’d find interesting things to write about. Well, 1500 posts later I think the answer to that question is an emphatic yes.

In the year that has passed, we’ve witnessed terrorism in London, a devastating Hurricane in New Orleans, another devastating Hurricane in Houston, the Harriet Miers debacle, the Alito nomination, and there have been many, many discussions about individual liberty. But, if you spend any time here, you know by know that my interests are wide and varied and the blog posts have reflected that.

As I said, I started out on Blogger, and stayed there for almost eight months before making the jump to WordPress with the kind assistance of Eric Cowperthwaite, who has since left the blog world and is on to bigger and better things. Between the Blogger site and this one, there have been about 50,000 visitors to Below The Beltway in the past year. Not alot, but not bad either.

Alot of that traffic is due to several links from high-traffic bloggers which have been appreciated. The very first high-profile link came from Michelle Malkin on the eve of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall when I wrote about the appropriate government response to emergencies. Michelle has linked to me a few more times over the past year as have Steve Green at Vodkapundit, Eugene Volokh, and even the Blogfather himself. For a time, I will admit that I got a little obssessed with the traffic figures, but now I’m at a point that I am writing for my own enjoyment about things that interest me. Hopefully, others will be interested as well.

The image of the lone blogger in his pajamas notwithstanding, blogging is very much a community exercise. We all read other bloggers, we all link to other bloggers. And, I’ve been been honored to become part of several blogging communities, each of which are on the right-hand side bar. The two most important to me, though, are the Life, Liberty & Property Community, which I now administer, and the Old Dominion Blog Alliance, which is made up of bloggers from across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Both groups are made up of some of the best writers I’ve seen around.

So, that’s where we are one year later. Where will this blog go in the next year ? Its hard to say. I forsee alot more political writing as we approach the 2006 mid-term elections, but you can be sure I’ll be focusing on other things this fall, such as the Ohio State Buckeyes and New York Yankees.

Anyway, I want to thank everyone who reads me on a regular basis. I know there aren’t that many, but I notice who keeps coming back and I appreciate it. Do me a favor, leave a comment every now and then so I know you’re out there.

10 Responses to “Well, Its Been Quite A Year”

  1. KipEsquire says:

    Congratulations! :-)

  2. [...] Doug, of Below The Beltway, has just passed one year. [...]

  3. Kat says:

    Doug! A year old… I guess that makes me your “older sister,” by about nine months or so, LOL

    Congratulations on your first year: keep writing like this, and you’re going to be celebrating your 10th anniversary before you know it.

    I hope and pray that you and your family celebrate a safe and happy Fourth of July…

    … and we’ll be seeing you in Martinsville, right? ;-)

    Best blessings to you and yours,

    — Kat

  4. Tom Anger says:

    Congratulations on your year in blogdom. And thanks for picking up the reins of the LLP Community. Your efforts are much appreciated.

  5. Mover Mike says:

    Congrats on your one year anniversary!

  6. Rick Sincere says:

    Congratulations! Your blogiversary shares an auspicious date … I wish you well in the months and years to come.

  7. Goodness! Here I have been, looking up to you as a revered elder statesman, and it turns out I have been blogging slightly longer than you!

    Doug, your posts and your ideas are always worth reading and sharing. Likewise, your yeoman’s work on the Carnival of Liberty is both appreciated and under-expressed by us all.

    I am still trapped in the amber of Blogger – but in a way, that is not a bad thing as it forces the reader to concentrate exclusively on the ideas instead of the boring template. Nevertheless, your WordPress home is a spacious and beautiful one, and that is why you have people coming to read and relax so often. We are remiss not to comment upon it, so Happy Blogoversary, and many more to you!

  8. Doug,
    I’m late to the party, I hope you saved me a funny hat and a noisemaker.

    Here’s looking forward to another many years of your inpirational writing.


  9. Raymond says:

    Congratulations, my friend!

  10. Congratulations! If you have a reminder list for your carnival, I’d be glad to send submissions. I think I have only submitted once or twice.

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