When we started this blog in late ’07, I don’t think we knew what we were getting into. I remember thinking, if we could get just 50 hits a day, I’d be happy. Then we started getting 50. Then 100 became the benchmark. then 500. then 1000. And so on. And then people started shouting us out on their Facebook pages and blogs, sending us stuff to share and be wrestled with or laugh at. (My personal We’ve Arrived moment was when I went to a book signing for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ dope memoir, The Beautiful Struggle, and when I mentioned the blog, he said that he was a frequent reader. We did it, Brooklyn!)
This marks our 1000th (!) post, and in the time we’ve been active, our little roster has swelled steadily, and is likely to grow some more. I can’t thank my compatriots enough in helping nurture this blog’s growth: Stacia, my sister from another mister/partner-in-crime; April, who helped me get this thing off the ground; Monica; Shani, Alisa; Steve; Tracy; Nichole, Karas, and Jamelle, who joined us from the United States of Jamerica. I also want to shout out all the folks who linked to us and let us crosspost and shot tips our way: Latoya at Racialicious; Jay Smooth at IllDoctrine; Eric, Ari and the rest of the dope folks at Edge of the American West; Tedra and the squad over at Bitch, Ph.D., Brokey over at BrokeyMcPoverty, and Lauren at Feministe.
(Oh, and Rochelle, who helped me coin the word that became this blog’s name.)
This turned into a valedictory. My bust. That really wasn’t the intention. Still, I wanted to thank y’all for reading and commenting for making great arguments, helping us refine ours, and helping this thing along on the road to whatever its finna become.
A tip of the fitted Phillies cap to all of y’all.