Happy 3rd birthday to my site

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No, it honestly did not dawn on me that I started this site on Groundhog Day until last week. I’m kind of oblivious (courtesy of Columbia Pictures).

Three years ago today, I officially launched this website. That came after I spent nearly a month trying to figure out how to get all the details squared away on the back end to ensure that the site would actually function, everything from selecting a host to choosing a CMS to creating a MySQL database. After a while, I was beginning to wonder if I should have just started a blog on another host site, rather than creating a standalone one, but it eventually came together and went live on February 2, 2013.

A lot has changed in the past three years. I finished grad school, moved back to Cleveland, got a couple of different jobs, got engaged, and lost two cats (RIP Snowball and Daisy). I also think the site has come a long way since that point. This is my 120th post, meaning I’ve averaged 40 per year, plus those housed on different sites that I never cross-posted. Of course, that number also conceals the fact that this site reflects my personality – I get bursts of energy and write four posts in a week, then get lazy and don’t produce anything for three months. I’d like to think that I’ve gotten a bit better at all of this since I wrote my first lame ass post in 2013.

Fortunately, I’ve been able to get a lot out of this site since then. I think I have developed something of a tiny niche for myself in this space and have gotten chances to write for a number of great sites, including Climate Home, Grist, New Security Beat, Scientific American, and Vox. I’ve also been able to use the site to stay engaged in the fields about which I am passionate and interact with a lot of people with whom I probably never would have known otherwise.

It’s been a long, complicated three years, but I think this site has served me fairly well. Hopefully I don’t screw it up all up in the next 36 months, and I can continue to grow this site and produce worthwhile posts in that time. Thanks to the handful of people who inexplicably read the esoteric crap I write.