sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

September 27, 2011

A Year of Blogging

Filed under: blogging — edge of the sandbox @ 4:16 pm

A year ago today I had enough of studiously reading Instapudit while my children napped, and started my own blog.  In the whole month of October 2010 I had 53 page-views.  Sad.  Later I met Linda and Vicky, and through them everyone else.

What a great experience it has been!  I’m able to share my ideas with people around the globe, and even meet like-minded individuals in the Bay Area.

I can see how blogging is a bit like an addiction.  When I pick up my daughter at pre-school and moms form an impromptu support group, my mind drifts to the post I’m about to write.  I know I should really be figuring out my 2 year-old’s Halloween costume.  He really wants to be a garbage man.  Maybe he can be a Jewish janitor because he’s, you know, Jewish, and he likes to sweep too.

Because I have to balance parenting with reading other blogs, I do a lot of opening up a bunch of pages in the morning,reading at naptime and commenting once the kids are down for the day.

My favorite posts to write were, in politics department:

Self-Governance, East Bay Style

How Much Sense Does MSNBC Make?
In pop culture department, probably my favorite topic:

Gaia is a Baby-Eating Goddess

Situationist Conservtive

But is that one is too grad schoolish, although I was trying, obviously trying so hard to make it less so, try

Government Dogs

Guilty pleasures in style and fashion subdivision:

Happy Birthday Mr. President: the Top 50 Get-Ups of Michelle Obama.  Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Although I started the blog hoping to write about topics other than parenting, a good deal of my posts are about family and parenting.  However, these topics seem to be unavoidable.  They also seem to be the biggest crowd-pleasers:

Anti-Gun Agenda Placement in Parents Magazine

Dithering Motherhood

My most overlooked posts were for Capitol Commentary, probably because late Soviet sci fi for pre-teens is not something Harrison is known for.  I wrote about a TV series I grew up with, and I’m surprised I didn’t see many click-throughs, considering that Russians read my blog.  Here it is, Adventures of Elektronik,  Pt. 1 and 2.

Biggest disappointment?  When my blogging buddies fall off the face of the net.

Biggest surprise?  A nod of approval from anarchists.

UPDATE: Forgot to mention, I’m on twitter now.  Two words sum up my experience: information overload.  I open it now and then and see if anything jumps out at me.



  1. I liked the pieces you wrote and I submitted them to Reddit but I’m sorry they didn’t take off.

    Comment by Harrison — September 27, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

  2. Congratulations! I so enjoy your blog and am happy we found each other via Linda. Maybe one day we’ll have our own blogging convention. I vote Yellowstone. ; )

    Comment by pjMom — September 27, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    • Great idea! I’d love to have a blogging convention once the kids are a little older — right now I can’t imagine dragging my 2 y/o anywhere, and can’t imagine leaving him for more than a day. I’ve never been to Yelllowstone.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — September 28, 2011 @ 9:14 am

  3. Congratulations, Edge. You have a great talent and I hope you never stop using it. I do enjoy reading your posts.

    Comment by Conservatives on Fire — September 28, 2011 @ 10:36 am

  4. Congrats!

    Blogging is indeed like an addiction. At the same time, it does overwhelm us with information we cannot find in the msm. Many times, I wish that I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then. **sigh**

    Comment by Always On Watch — September 29, 2011 @ 4:01 am

  5. Congratulations on one year of blogging! Keep it up.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — September 30, 2011 @ 3:55 am

  6. Happy (belated) bloggaversary!

    For your MoBama fashion take-downs alone, you are invaluable.

    Comment by KingShamus — October 1, 2011 @ 4:39 am

  7. Thank you guys.

    Comment by edge of the sandbox — October 1, 2011 @ 7:22 am

  8. You rock, miss lady. Awful glad that the kind professor crossed our paths for us.

    Happy Blogiversary!


    Comment by nooneofanyimport — October 1, 2011 @ 9:27 am

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