Today marks ZD’s third anniversary. Our third year has been perhaps a bit slower than the previous two in terms of regular posting, but we’re happy that we’ve managed to stay alive (albeit with occasional long pauses between posts). Our approach to blogging, as you’ve doubtless observed, is random and haphazard. No one on ZD really presides (whether as a full-fledged presider or a chicken patriarch)–depending on your point of view, this is evidence of why presiding is unnecessary, or why loosely organized anarchy is a mistake.
A couple of nights ago, Ziff and I upgraded the blog to a later version of WordPress. This caused all of our posts to disappear, which made me feel rather anxious. I was quite happy when we identified the problem, and everything came back. (The categories also got a bit mangled, in case you happen across a post about happiness that’s been categorized “preside,” or one about presiding with the label “left-handedness.” Those aren’t meant to be hidden messages.) Sometimes I’m ambivalent about blogging, but the sight of our temporarily empty blog made me realize how sad I would be if it were truly gone.
I have a vague idea as to the number of people who come by the blog–depending on which stat counter you believe (and I’m not sure I believe either of them), in 2008 we averaged either 199 or 242 visitors a day (with a median of 191 and 238, respectively). Of course, many of those are the visits of the ZDs themselves. But I appreciate that so many other people stop by as well, and that you contribute to the conversation, even when we’re slackers about commenting elsewhere. I know that several of us, including myself, frequently resolve to be better Bloggernacle citizens (and decrease our Gini coeffecients.)
I’ve very much enjoyed becoming acquainted with at least some of those of those who regularly read ZD (many of whom have blogs of their own which I read regularly, and some of whom I’ve even gotten to meet in person). And for our third anniversary, we thought it would be fun to have an open thread for people to introduce themselves. Whether you’re a regular commenter, or you prefer the “read-only” mode of blogging and have never said a word here, this is an invitation (if you’re feeling so inclined) to say hello, who you are, and how you found us.