Today is the seven year anniversary of bavatuesdays. Andy Rush and I are working on a more creative take on the bava’s anniversary coming soon that’ll pay homage to my third year on the bava post, so stay tuned. Seven years is a decent amount of time to have spent regularly documenting and sharing the work I’ve done, and what’s always special about December 13th for me is that it also marks my seven year anniversary at UMW.
Add to that the fact I just passed the 2000 posts mark (2002 to be exact) and over 10,000 comments (10,261) you can see I am the proprietor of a regular blogging empire. On average, I’ve written 286 posts a year with roughly 5 comments per post. That stat blows my mind (basically a post everyday save weekends). The heavy traffic on this site came and went back in 2008 and 2009, but the habit of writing and creating hasn’t waned as a result. In fact, back in July of 2009 I wrote my 1000th post, which is almost exactly three and a half years ago, suggesting there is a regular rhythm to the process for me. I love the dogged, everydayness of blogging—it has become the last of my bad habits.
The site has seen the birth of UMW Blogs, EDUPUNK, Edtech Survivalist, ds106, Summer of Oblivion, hardboiled,and Domain of One’s Own to name just a few of its idea babies. The tale of the tape is all here. I have brought it hard the last seven years, and I am proud of that fact. Blogging has enabled me a voice I wouldn’t have had otherwise, and while the traveling and presentations have grown laborious for me as of late, I’ve never gotten tired of the blogging. It’s my space, it’s a part of who I am, and it reflects all the ideas, dreams, and possibilities I come across in my thinking about film, literature, storytelling, edtech, and much more. It has been an ongoing conversation about media of all kinds, and while not always pretty—and I make to apologies for any of it— its as authentic a space for personal expression as I can muster.
Oddly enough, I still can’t seem to avoid the occasional controversy despite the fact I am evermore congenial, but even that is pretty trivial and ridiculous when I think about it. This space continues to be an evolving document of my thinking, and that is something anyone else out there can take or leave, but for me its a goldmine of my intellectual development, and you can be sure the bava isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. That said, I am gonna spend much of the next month-long vacation reflecting on the hardboiled class, working through the Internet of Attractions ideas, doing a general clean-up and archive of the bava (still suffering after my YouTube account shutdown), work around cassa bava, as well as some engage in some serious gaming (that’s the one part of my life I have been failing at for the last seven years). So, here’s to seven year’s on the bava and all the irreparable harm its caused me.