A Contemplative 1,000th Blog Post

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.

13 thoughts on “A Contemplative 1,000th Blog Post

  1. Congrats on a thousand posts, Anthony. And don’t ever worry about sounding pompous or babbling—we like your blog because it’s personal (and insightful, of course).

  2. You are not posting into a void – although I know the feeling well. I, too, miss the longer conversations that don’t seem possible on Twitter. At the same time, Twitter has given me more of a community feeling, and I get so many reading suggestions. What both blogging and Twitter have done is remind me that there are a lot of people out there who really care about literature and who are curious about how it works and how it functions in our lives.

    I am very much looking forward to your next 1000 posts.

    • Thanks, Michelle, as my number one commenter, you are a key part of why I’ve stuck with the blog over four years. On balance, Twitter is very worthwhile, just had some bad days there over the last few months.

      • One of the things I wish I could have are more “round table” style discussions with readers/writers I know through Twitter and blogging – my attempt at recreating an ideal book group virtually, I suppose. And of course we are all never reading the same book (or at least rarely). So I must make do with the patchwork of discussions and such – it is all still worth it, but can be a little discouraging when I feel like I am chasing topics left and right.

  3. Twitter of course has changed blogging considerably, shifting much of the conversation away from blog comments, which I miss.

    I know just what you mean–not that I’ve been writing much, but I feel so guilty about it now whenever I don’t leave a comment. Sigh. Still, the benefits of things I wouldn’t have otherwise read seem to outweigh the loss. And is it really even a loss–am I actually skipping substantive comments, or just the “yeah!”s? In any event, congratulations and thank you for reaching 1,000 posts!

    • Thanks, Nicole. It is perverse. While missing comments on this blog, I am guilty of commenting so much less on other blogs. I excuse myself to a degree by the fact that most of my favourite blogs, including yours, are much less active these days.

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