Three Year Blogiversary

My first post at Outside the Beltway was at 9:37 a.m. on Friday, January 31, 2003. You are reading my 11,642th. My co-authors have added another 1270: Rodney Dill, 355; Steve Verdon, 270; Robert Tagorda, 240; Kate McMillan, 215; Leopold Stotch, 152; Richard Gardner, 28; Robert Prather, 5; and Athena, 5.

While the blogging phenomenon was well underway by the time I joined in, it was just beginning to catch the attention of the mainstream press. There was a wave of stories “discovering” blogs that, without fail, explained what a blog was. Now, there is a wave of stories on the growing significance of blogs that, without fail, explain what a blog is. Three years is a long time in the field of big journalism!

It’s been a good run. Certainly, we’ve received more visitors and attention than I would have imagined possible. As always, thanks to all who visit, comment and link.


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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. G A PHILLIPS says:

    I think it’s wonderful, The number of holes I have punched in my walls have gone dramatically. being able to type down my thoughts and feelings is a great form of rehab(believe it or not I am also a crack head, Oh, I mean recovering crack head)and it makes me laugh. I also think it is a great why to learn and help others to learn, look I’m already becoming a better speller, YEA RIGHT! So keep up the good work, And I will keep you and all of the others who share here in my prayers.

  2. M. Murcek says:

    Congratulations, James. Your site is a must-visit, and I point it out to everyone…

  3. Congratulations on a blog well-done, Dr. Joyner. It seems like only yesterday you were on Blogspot… Ah, how time flies.

  4. Digger says:

    Happy 3rd! That’s an amazing amount of posts.

    I wish I could pinpoint an exact date I started my blog. Was kind of on and off for awhile with the first actual post being sometime in 2003 and a bunch deleted.

    Here’s to the 4th *holds glass up*