My 10th blogiversary

Ten years ago — more or less, because I didn’t note the day — I launched this blog. Mickey Kaus and Andrew Sullivan had turned me on to the idea; Virginia Postrel gave the new blog it’s first linky love.

After 22 years at the San Jose Mercury News, mostly as an op-ed columnist and editorial writer, I’d quit to write a book about a start-up charter school. I thought it would take a year. The blog would keep me connected with readers, who’d all rush to stores to buy my book, Our School.  (Go ahead. Click on the link. Do it now. Please.)

I had no idea what I was getting into. And I’m still here.

BTW, more than 1,000 people are following me on Twitter. (There’s a sentence I could not have written 10 years ago.) I’m joanneleejacobs on Twitter. Also ccspotlight.

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  1. Congratulations! I think yours may have been the first blog I ever bookmarked, because I remember putting it in the ‘News’ folder (I did not create a ‘Blogs’ folder for a long time).

  2. Congratulations, Joanne. I don’t know whether it was that first link, but I definitely first started reading you after Virginia Postrel mentioned you. Have been checking in ever since. (Also bought a few copies of the book.)

  3. Diana Senechal says:

    That’s a decade worth celebrating–congratulations! Thank you for your sane and independent perspective and for the lively discussion that you make possible here. And thank you for having me guest-blog in the past.

  4. Everhopeful says:

    We’re glad you’re still here. Thank you for all of the great stuff you’ve given us to read over the last decade.

  5. I’ve been lurking here since close to the start. Good luck on another ten years.

  6. Congratulations! I missed your first year,but I have been reading your blog since 2002. Back then I was able to catch up on your earliest postings. It’s a shame the early years of your blog don’t seem to be online anymore. And I can’t find an archive of your more recent writings on this site. But at least I’ve been able to read your old newspaper columns on microfiche.

  7. Barry Garelick says:

    I was doing a fellowship on the Hill, researching math education when I discovered your blog in 2002. Not quite when you started it, but close to the beginning. I’ve been hooked ever since. Live long and prosper!

  8. greeneyeshade says:

    Mazal tov!!

  9. Walter_E_Wallis says:

    Happy BD !

  10. Michael E. Lopez says:

    You’ve got endurance that I clearly do not possess.



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