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Oops, I did it again

EneMan 2004-08

It’s times like these that I wonder if I’ve been at this blogging thing a bit too long. I ask that question because I’ve done it again. I’ve done the same thing in 2007 that I did a year ago in 2006.

I missed my own blogiversary.

Yes, believe it or not, yesterday was the third anniversary of a cold and dreary Saturday when, more or less on a whim, I sat down in front of my computer and wondered if I could do this blogging thing that had been written about in the media so much over the preceding few months. After all, I had had several years’ experience sparring with Holocaust deniers, creationists, and alternative medicine advocates on Usenet, but that had grown a bit stale. I wondered if blogging might be a better outlet for the wonder that is Orac. Firing up Blogger, I created an account, and the very first incarnation of Respectful Insolence was born. It took a few weeks, but other skeptical bloggers started to notice me and, with judicious links by the likes of P. Z. Myers and others plus the exposure due to my hosting the Second Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle (little suspecting that I would end up organizing the this blog carnival less than six months later) and an edition of Grand Rounds, the blog was off and running. Finally, in late 2005, I was invited to join the ScienceBlogs collective (my entry into which, due to forces beyond my control and some dithering on my part, didn’t happen, alas, until February 2006, making me miss being part of the first wave of bloggers), and things really took off after that.

I haven’t looked back since.

Of course, three continuous years in the blogosphere makes me pretty long-lived as bloggers go. Assuming I make it to a fourth blogiversary (and, given how much I enjoy blogging, I see no reason right now why I wouldn’t, although I can see how life circumstances could force me to cut back on my usual excessively manic blogging pace next year), I have to wonder if I’ll even notice next time that the anniversary has arrived.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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