Though the day passed without fanfare, In the Middle tottered into toddlerhood on January 18. They grow up so quickly, these blogs.
Hard to believe that a year ago the only posts in this space were a dictionary entry on medieval race that had already been published elsewhere; an encyclopedia entry on postcolonial theory that had been published elsewhere; the draft of the introduction to my latest book, destined to be published elsewhere. As time went on, though, the posts loosened up, the comments section began to flourish, and the blog slowly took on a life of its own. Today it is a group blog rather than the egomaniacal creation it started as. Personally I've found it wonderful to have such amazing co-writers. Thank you, Eileen and Karl!
On an average day In the Middle entertains about 200 visits. Most of these pilgrims are propelled hither by Google searches. Some examples from today, linked to the pages where the hapless searcher actually landed:
- poems about hopping
- a critique of Pan's Labyrinth
- "jealous husband returns in form of a parrot"
- jews cannibalism
- disney trash
- erotic animals
- love cow
- bacon sex pigs
To the reader in St Paul, MN who has searched for "jeffrey jerome cohen blog" each day every day without fail since May of 2006, I'd like to take this opportunity to say HELLO. Also, you may want to look into these things they call bookmarks and RSS readers.
Happy Birthday, In the Middle. May you continue to morph into strange new forms.
Question for the weekend: what have we not done on this blog yet that you would like to see?