angrypissed. frustrated. perplexed. but mostly pissed.
What a difference fours years make, eh? On November 10, 2004, I linked to the Sorry Everybody website, where liberals apologized for our country to the rest of the world; now we see pictures of ecstatic reactions from all around the world. Then, cartoons looked like this:
Ah, those were the days....
In many ways it makes sense to stop here.
In a micro sense, readership has, after growing to a reasonable level, retreated to numbers not much larger than when we first started. And growing is harder now than it was then; the blogosphereic firmament is pretty static at this point, and this blog's impact on it rounds to zero.
More importantly, in a macro sense, the distance from Kerry's loss to Obama's win has been traversed. I think the blogosphere has had a major role. And I have been willing to be one of countless minions in the army of ants swarming the stupid. I think the blogosphere has a real role going forward as well, but is there sufficient return on investment from this one small platform? I will have to ponder that one. I am sometimes pleased by the sound of my own voice here, but self-indulgence is a luxury, and these are tough times. It is nice having a place to vent, but there comes a time when blogs must be beaten into ploughshares.
Anyway, much has been said and (collectively) accomplished. So:
Cautiously hopeful. Relieved. Strangely wistful. But mostly proud.