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Blog birthday

June 21st, 2005

This blog is three years old today. I hinted at this anniversary in yesterday’s Monday Message Board, and Chris Sheil was the first to guess what I meant.

Three is an advanced age for a blog. Only a handful of those who were around back then are still going. Tim Blair, Rob Corr, Jason Soon and my blogtwin Tim Dunlop are among the hardy survivors.

It’s not hard to see why people stop blogging, but also why more and more people are blogging and reading blogs. It’s exciting, exhausting, useful and very demanding on time and attention. Although I’ve had moments when I’ve been sick of the whole business, mostly I’ve enjoyed it very much. Thanks to all my readers, fellow bloggers and especially to those who’ve commented on the blog, regularly or otherwise.

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  1. fatfingers
    June 21st, 2005 at 08:05 | #1

    Congrats on keeping it going for so long. May it continue for many years to come.

  2. June 21st, 2005 at 09:11 | #2

    Congratulations on making it to 3 years!

    I’ve always enjoy reading, though I don’t think I’ve ever been brave enough to comment.

  3. ml
    June 21st, 2005 at 09:37 | #3

    As I’ve said before here, the sets of caring and rigour don’t always overlap in this life – they do on this blog, which make it something of a sane-making oasis in a seemingly ever more hyped-up and hell-bent world.

    Happy birthday and many happy returns!

  4. June 21st, 2005 at 10:49 | #4

    Congrats and keep up the good work.

  5. June 21st, 2005 at 12:37 | #5

    Happy birthday JQ (the blog!)…

  6. Glenn Condell
    June 21st, 2005 at 13:13 | #6

    Good on you John

    great news re Tim too; saw Ken ‘Politenessman’ Parish on Lateline last night as well, in his role as campaign blogger for Claire Martin, no doubt having contributed mightily to that famous rout.

    A tipping point perhaps toward greater blog-cred in the MSM, or even the thin edge of an invasive blogwedge. Hope so.

  7. Nabakov
    June 21st, 2005 at 14:03 | #7

    Happy Birthday! And it’s one shared with Prince William, Ray Davies, Jean-Paul Sartre and Jane Russell. Imagine those four turning up to blow out yer candles.

  8. still working it out
    June 21st, 2005 at 14:18 | #8

    Congratulations and thank you. Always a great to read blogs which have so much consistent quality. They are not easy to find.

    May your blogging always be a pleasure filled hobbby.

  9. benno
    June 21st, 2005 at 15:04 | #9

    don’t pull a northcote knob! When you give it up make sure to keep your archives online please.

  10. June 21st, 2005 at 15:05 | #10

    JQ’s blog, always a must read. A Bearded Professor (TM) in every home to militate against the Big Brothers and astroturfers of this world.

  11. June 21st, 2005 at 15:06 | #11

    Congratulations, Prof Q. I hope you’re still doing it for years to come.

  12. Gaby
    June 21st, 2005 at 16:35 | #12

    Congratulations and thank you John. Still as interesting and invigorating as ever.

  13. joe2
    June 21st, 2005 at 18:26 | #13

    Congrats to you and Peter Quasim, who will be released after 7 years, hopefully, for the crime of seekng ‘asylumn seeker’ status, in our democratic?, wide brown land.

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.
    Well done and good work.

  14. June 21st, 2005 at 19:37 | #14

    Congratulations and thank you for the constant opportunity to use you as an example when I’m explaining the more enlightened aspects of blogging to people who are unfamiliar with the whole thing.

  15. SJ
    June 21st, 2005 at 19:57 | #15

    Congrats, John. Keep it up!

  16. frankis
    June 21st, 2005 at 20:19 | #16

    Many happy returns to you and your most excellent blog John.

  17. June 21st, 2005 at 22:33 | #17

    Yes, congratulations on a great effort.

    And why is Tim Dunlop your ‘twin’?

  18. June 21st, 2005 at 23:47 | #18

    Many happy returns, and thanks for an always interesting blog!

  19. June 22nd, 2005 at 01:12 | #19

    One day someone will explain how JQ does everything he does, and the productivity question will be solved. Someone joked to me today that, after three years, he must be a “senior blogosphere executive.” The appellation completely misses one of the most constantly amazing things about John’s blogging, which is how he so patiently puts up with so much crap. Most of it is on the side, of course. But still, if I can’t have his output, I can at least aspire to his temperament. Tremendous effort.

  20. Nabakov
    June 22nd, 2005 at 01:44 | #20

    “I can at least aspire to his temperament”

    Yes, amazing how a Captain Haddock lookalike is so bloody calm and patient with all the blog flotsam and jetsam that washes up here.

  21. Harry Clarke
    June 22nd, 2005 at 02:06 | #21

    The blog is always informative and interesting. It obviously provides an outlet for your creative energies and also has social importance for the rest of us free-riders. I appreciate the effort you put in. Well-done.

  22. production line 12
    June 22nd, 2005 at 02:49 | #22

    Good one! Congratulatons to you, and to all of the regular commenters here.

  23. Hal9000
    June 22nd, 2005 at 14:44 | #23

    Just to think, an entire Australian political cycle completed. Happy birthday indeed.

  24. June 22nd, 2005 at 15:25 | #24

    Happy Blogday, Prof John!
    “It’s exciting, exhausting, useful and very demanding on time and attention.” hell yes. even LJ drains hours of homework time, and is so much more addictive than biology in the first place.
    congratulations on producing the most intellectual piece of procrastinatory material :)

  25. June 22nd, 2005 at 18:03 | #25

    You are an inspiration.

    For a while I consoled myself with the notion that you had an army of research assistants chained to computers, endlessly searching for the reports and figures to buttress your arguments. When I realised you do it all yourself, I was reduced to awed silence.

    Never doubt your value to the rest of us.

  26. virginia
    June 23rd, 2005 at 19:31 | #26

    Prof.JQ is a must read everyday, an impressive blog thats age says alot about its creator, a truly engaging intellectual, a real renaissance man.Happy Birthday !

  27. June 23rd, 2005 at 22:34 | #27

    The most important day of the year in the Oz blogosphere or Ozplogistan as the Master has called it …

    Many happy tripple returns to MD too ;-)

  28. Stewart Kelly
    June 24th, 2005 at 15:26 | #28

    If you’ve been writing it for three years then I must have been reading it pretty much daily for three years. Thanks for all your effort. Awesome stuff.

  29. buermann
    June 24th, 2005 at 19:07 | #29

    Congrats, yours is the ultimate blogging machine. Trixie, Spritle, Chim Chim, Speed!

  30. August 1st, 2005 at 19:53 | #30

    Hey, congrats and even more!!!

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