It’s been a fairly momentous decade for Whatever — it had some of its highest trafficked years in 2012 and 2013, and while direct daily visitorship to the site has declined as people migrated to Facebook and Twitter as those two sites took over the Internet, Whatever still manages to make a splash when I link to it from one of those two sites. I’m personally curious what will happen when those sites inevitably decline; while I’m not exactly waiting for the “blogosphere” to come back in any meaningful way, I hold out the hope that personal sites might nevertheless get a general second wind as people begin to entertain the idea that there’s more to the online experience than just what Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey think they should see.
Over the course of the last decade, several pieces I wrote gained traction on the Internet at large and/or were some of the best things I’ve written in that timeframe, and/or represented the moment in which they were written in a particularly memorable way. Below, you’ll find links to these pieces. I’ve limited the list to twenty because I don’t want to tax anyone’s patience, and also because I think that’s enough to get a taste of how this decade was here on the site. Enjoy the retrospective as the 10s come to a close. Barring catastrophe, I’ll be writing here through the 20s as well. I’m looking forward to seeing how the recap of that decade might vary from this one. Come back in ten years and see.
- Apologies: What, When and How
- A Book Sale at the Cost of Your Conscience
- The Brain Eater
- The Cinemax Theory of Racism
- A Fan Letter to Certain Conservative Politicians
- The Four Levels of Discrimination (and You) (and Me, Too)
- How I Knew I’d Made It
- Impostor Syndrome, Or Not
- Meet Keith Johnson
- The Myth of SF/F Publishing House Exceptionalism
- Omelas State University
- On the Matter of Empathy For Horrible People
- Personal Politics
- Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is
- What I Think About Atlas Shrugged
- Who Gets to Be a Geek? Anyone Who Wants to Be
- Who We Are Online, Who We Are Offline, How They’re Different and How They’re the Same
- Will Humans Survive?
- Writing: Find the Time or Don’t
For all of you who have stuck with this site over the last decade: Thank you for reading, and commenting, and linking in. Let’s keep at it.