I’m taking a little break from Philosopher Fridays this week to celebrate an exciting event – my 100th blog post. I’m very excited to have come this far, and even more excited to continue into the future. Blogging has helped me become a more focused, more determined, and more receptive writer, and it’s also introduced me to a wonderful community of thoughtful, unique bloggers. I’ve learned so much from reading other blogs, and from the comments on my own posts. I can’t say thank you enough to everyone who has participated in the conversation I’m building here.
To celebrate, I’m going to highlight some of my own favorite posts thus far.
This was my very first blog post. I started writing it on a whim when I got a sudden rush of inspiration, and using it to start a blog just seemed like the next, most natural step.
At first, I didn’t really take blogging too seriously, spending my efforts on idyl commentary and links, as well as little updates on my writing progress. This was my first “controversial” post where I took a stance on something. However innocuous that stance was, it was still scary for me. But it also felt pretty good.
I love this post because it speaks to a recurring question in my head. I think a lot about permanence, reality, and ephemerality (in fact, I’ve got a post coming up that deals with this topics directly), and because it taps into my homier, cozier side. Sometimes my life can get a little academic with all the grading, reading, teaching, researching, and writing, so I like to keep a nice balance between theory and real life.
I’m a big believer in the power of words and stories, and I think that Santa Claus is one our culture’s best examples of it. Plus, I’m just a complete fool for Christmastime.
I’m also a fool for Harry Potter, and I’ve spent way too much time trying to rationalize magic spells. I think that magic is a great metaphor through which to understand the relationship between language and the power of thought.
I’m really excited about this whole series, but I’m still struggling to find the right tone and scope. In some installments, I’m a bit too flippant, and in others, too heavily academic. I think I got Averroes jus right, though.
I don’t often love my own attempts at fiction and poetry, but I love this piece. I feel like it explains me, if that makes sense.
I wanted to highlight this post on my visit to the Pompeii exhibit at the Franklin Institute because too often we think of stories strictly in terms of fiction. I actually mostly read non-fiction, but the best non-fiction still tells amazing stories (Adam Hochschild’s King Leopold’s Ghost is a phenomenal example of this – a post on that coming in the future as well!). I think that story is how we understand things. Some think that intelligibility is only to be found in concepts, but I think narrative is what makes those concepts real to us.
And there you have it. Some of those weren’t terribly popular, but they’re all pieces I’m proud of. I’m looking forward to writing the next 100!