Note to esteemed readers:
The blog counter turned 100,000 this week after just about two and a half years on line. 100,000 hits comrades. I know enough about blogging, including political blogging, to know that those numbers are very small potatoes, though the vast majority of those hits have come in the last 18 months. But for a far-left, Ypsilanti, Michigan based blog with inconsistent quality and attention paid, I can’t be anything but happy with that. The first public post was an appreciation of the Irish freedom fighter Brendan Hughes, who had recently passed too soon. I’m hoping the last blog records the vanquishing of our enemy’s final stand in a fire storm of collective self-emancipation. I promise to post photos.
Blogs work best which are consistent and I am not terribly consistent with postings (one heavy school project can easily wipe out a week of blogging, and other times, well, I’m just not feeling it). So there has been some up and down in readership over the last two years, but some have stuck with it. I appreciate folks stopping by and reading, though I am sure I could generate more comments if I courted more left controversy, but I’ve seen the way some blogs go that court that controversy and I’m not interested in that. I’ve always wanted this blog to be a personal blog and, though I belong to revolutionary organization, I felt the need to express myself and my particular interest. This was especially useful as I had to pull back from activist political work after getting laid off and beginning a, never anticipated, college career.
For much of the life of the blog I did almost no promotion, and was happy enough if friends and comrades read it. A few months ago I decided to inch up the profile a little and now I am nervous because I don’t know all my readers by name any more. Thanks for reading, I’ve (mostly) enjoyed it, slightly more proud than ashamed (though I have dropped some real bombs on this site), and look forward to more. I am open to suggestions on the blog as well, if comrades have them to make., please make ’em. OK, enough of all that business.
Thank you all, Rustbelt.
Closing with a query from Rosa:
‘The question of why each defeat occurred must be answered. Did it occur because the forward-storming combative energy of the masses collided with the barrier of unripe historical conditions, or was it that indecision, vacillation, and internal frailty crippled the revolutionary impulse itself?’