A Recap on the ISJ’s One-Year Blogiversary
I have been “celebrating” the one-year blogiversary of the Innocent Smith Journal today by rereading and reflecting upon posts from the past year. What follows is a recap of a few of my favorites.
Some of the early posts in July and August seem to me now like pre-historic cave etchings, crudely lacking in such features of the modern blog post as block quotes and empirical evidence. But I will say that those early posts made up in frequency what they lacked in sophistication; for a while, I was posting every day or so — breakneck speed relative to my average of once or twice per week now.
By November, I had picked up some momentum. That month, I wrote a short, satirical play called “Bank Robbers” about Wells Fargo overdraft fees and the rage they inspire. I also wrote a “Letter to a Global Warming Denier,” in which I stressed the importance of sources and credibility in determining attitudes toward climate change — an argument I have developed further in other contexts (e.g. the Manzi-Chait debate over economic growth in “Values, Statistics, and Authority”.) The post is also notable insofar as it received an inbound link, a first for the ISJ.
Posting remained steady throughout December and January until, in mid-February, I wrote a “Commentary on Doubt,” a discussion of atheism and Enlightenment rationalism that drew huge traffic (relatively speaking) thanks to a link from the Daily Dish. Later that month, and spilling over into March, a series of posts analyzed the OPR Report on the Bush administration’s torture policies, the best of which was probably “Shocking the Conscience.”
In mid-March, I reconsidered the merits of my boyhood hero, GK Chesterton, in a post of considerable personal significance called “It Is Well For Us to Be Here.” Although I no longer belong to the American Chesterton Society — and deeply regret its hardening of Chestertonian insights into fundamentalist sectarianism — the quote I lifted from that organization’s blog is my favorite of all-time from Chesterton, and perfectly encapsulates religious belief and experience as I understand it.
The critique of philosophical liberalism in “Letter to a Global Warming Denier” and “A Commentary on Doubt” received its fullest expression in “The Semipermeable Liberal Bubble,” posted in mid-April. More recently, I did a series of posts on Islam, notably “A Feminist Beneath the Niqab?” — which brings us to the present.
No blogiversary post would be complete without some mention of my readers and commentators: a sincere thanks to all of you for caring enough to read this blog, and for keeping me on my toes!