July 12, 2011

Happy UnBirthday to Me: I Almost Forgot to Mention That American Digest is 9 Years Old


American Digest became nine-years-old back in May. At least that's far back as the Wayback Machine tracks it in the year of Our Lord 2002: The New America - Dispatches. It is a bit older than that but I no longer remember exactly how much. Early 2002 in post 9/11 New York City was, as they say, "a life in interesting times."

The first incarnation of the page (shown above) was in another space and another time.

To date my counters show 6,311 posts in the main column and + 5,768 posts in "Thinking Right." That's 12,000 items and change. I've really got to tidy that up someday and move this whole endeavor to a newer and spiffier platform. Tasks I keep putting off until tomorrow.

Maybe I'll get to it someday. For now, thanks for stopping by and putting up with me. God knows I wouldn't.

Posted by Vanderleun at July 12, 2011 10:37 PM
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Happy Unbirthday, Gerard!

I'm not exactly sure when or how I discovered your site, but I began reading blogs in the wake of 9/11. Among the earliest ones I remember reading were Rachel Lucas, Eject!Eject!Eject!, USS Clueless, A Small Victory, IMAO, and (sigh) Little Green Footballs. Somewhere along the line I followed a link to your place, and here I am.

Posted by: rickl at July 12, 2011 4:48 PM

AD is STILL the best diner on the innernets; throw yourself a massive party, Gerard!

Posted by: robinstarfish at July 12, 2011 4:56 PM

Have spaghetti for dinner, dearest. And a good wine.

Posted by: Jewel at July 12, 2011 5:06 PM

The best site for cites and sights available. More of my destinations begin with a link from AD than anywhere else. When you get around to the refurbishment do something that enables subscription to comments. Disqus for instance.

Posted by: John Hinds at July 12, 2011 5:11 PM

I didn't discover you until 2004, but I haven't missed a new post since. And, you are my favorite of all bloggers.

Happy Belated Unbirthday!

Posted by: Sara (Pal2Pal) at July 12, 2011 5:13 PM

American Digest is my first read of the day nearly every day. Thank you. I don't really know why you would want to change it; the format is one of the best.

Posted by: Chazz at July 12, 2011 5:26 PM

Congratulations! ...and many more!

Posted by: Cris at July 12, 2011 5:32 PM

Yes! Happy Ninth Unbirthday to your excellent site! I love it!

Posted by: Captain Dave at July 12, 2011 5:33 PM

Congrats to the hardest worker on the Internet. You and Lileks and Bob Godwin are why God allowed Al Gore to invent the thing.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at July 12, 2011 5:55 PM

I'll second what Joan said, and add- "putting up with" you and your blog is always a bright spot in my day.
Thank You.


Posted by: jwm at July 12, 2011 6:25 PM

Amen, Joan. Whatever you do with this site, Gerard, just don't disappear it.

Posted by: Jewel at July 12, 2011 6:32 PM

Happy Unbirthday Gerard. Great way to celebrate is get your chrome polished.

Posted by: Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas at July 12, 2011 6:51 PM

Most Digestible! Well done!!

Posted by: Chris muir at July 12, 2011 6:56 PM

Just grateful that you are here, sir - and wish you joy on your unbirthday.

Posted by: TmjUtah at July 12, 2011 7:06 PM

Keep it up. You're still doin' it better than blogs half your age. And without Viagra!

Posted by: westsoundmodern at July 12, 2011 9:17 PM

Happy Unbirthday! May you have as many more as you wish!

Posted by: pdwalker at July 12, 2011 11:05 PM

Nine years old and it's still not toilet trained.

Posted by: sippican at July 13, 2011 2:44 AM

Oh, and Sippican Cottage should be also noted among the best reasons for the Intartubes, as well. *smacks forehead*

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at July 13, 2011 5:00 AM

Thanks G, I appreciate your work.

Posted by: Dave J at July 13, 2011 7:47 AM

Happy Birthday, and long may you continue with this site. The best on the Web.

I wish I could remember what Link led me here....I too was a post-911 junkie at USS Clueless, Rachel Lucas, and a few others....

But I do know that your site has led me to all sorts of other sites that I now visit on a regular basis. (As a lurker - I'm not much of a poster).

The very lastest being Anne Barnhardt.

You're the best.

Thanks again.


Posted by: southernjames at July 13, 2011 8:33 AM

Happy Belated UnBirthday, AD! Nine is.. quite a lot of work! I'm in awe!! And I am completely addicted so please, PLEASE keep it coming! I think I speak for all the AD readers on that sentiment - and I'm not too proud to beg for more on behalf of the entire motley crew.

Posted by: RedCarolina at July 13, 2011 11:19 AM

"The Name in the Stone" was the first post of yours I read, back in 2003. I can't remember who linked you, but my, how things have evolved since. Some for the better, some worse. Just like the rest of the long human story.

Posted by: Robert at July 13, 2011 11:27 AM

"The Name in the Stone" was where I started too. Well, that was the day American Digest became must reading for me; I had seen posts off and on for a few weeks before that.

To say that I really appreciate your work would be a gross understatement.

Posted by: pfsm at July 13, 2011 12:05 PM

Congratulations! And that invitation to the Sixth Annual Gun Blogger Rendezvous remains open! Only 56 days left!

Posted by: Kevin Baker at July 13, 2011 2:31 PM

None better - very few as good. Thanks Gerard.

Posted by: Frank P at July 13, 2011 4:27 PM

I dunno. People feel comfortable on old sofas and walking familiar hallways.

Posted by: Rodger Schultz at July 14, 2011 8:28 AM