Today’s post marks a milestone for Time’s Flow Stemmed, the 1,000th post since I started this blog back in January 2009. I’m not overly sentimental and tend not to pay much attention to various milestones, but the 1,000th post feels a little different, worth pausing for a moment’s contemplation.
I’ve blogged since way back in 1999, inspired by Rebecca Blood. Fragments of those early blogs about literature and photography survive in part on the Wayback Machine, but this the one that stuck, in part because it has enabled me to take part in a conversation about literature. Though there are thousands (millions?) of literary blogs, I feel part of a shadowy community of bloggers reading and writing about what Ed at Biblioklept once called strong/strange literature.
Twitter of course has changed blogging considerably, shifting much of the conversation away from blog comments, which I miss. I debate endlessly whether to exit from Twitter, but it is oddly addictive. Despite its concentration of narcissistic sociopaths, I’ve also met some fiercely intelligent, enchanting literary-minded people on Twitter.
In my first post I grandly declared that it was my hope to take part in a conversation about literature, narrative style and meaning, about how to read more profoundly and to discover fresh sources of inspiration. I’ve stuck with this blog because I’ve been able to realise those aspirations, each of which are still true today, though I’m less preoccupied with the need to find meaning in whatever I read.
When I started this blog, I was hung up on checking the numbers – new subscribers, comment counts, visitor and viewing numbers. I still get a thrill when I get a new subscriber, and enjoy the opportunity for a conversation when someone comments, but I concentrate less these days on the numbers. I worry sometimes that I am posting into a void, but I try to ignore that voice and reassure myself a little by checking those numbers I’m not hung up on.
I’ve babbled long enough in this post, which I hope doesn’t come across as too pompous. Whether you visit occasionally or are a regular I thank you wholeheartedly for taking an interest in my stuff. If you have any suggestions of anything else you’d like to see on this blog, or have any questions, please ask away.