10 years of #highered blogging

This Tuesday, Nov. 10, marks the 10th anniversary of this blog.

That’s right. A full decade of blogging.

This blog has been cranking along since Nov. 10, 2005 — the same date that the Los Angeles Times reported a suicide bombing in Baghdad that left 25 dead, an attempt by Yahoo to test pay-per-call advertising, new research on detecting Down syndrome during pregnancy and a study that television is awash in sex. On this blog, I posted an observation about the rising cost of a degree from one of the nation’s most prestigious public universities.

In the ensuing decade, I’ve written a lot of stuff — about higher education, marketing, public relations, branding and the occasional off-topic foray into music or pop culture. I started a thing I called Friday Five. I reviewed or wrote about books, and even interviewed some authors. I wrote so much stuff, I’ve even thought about using this 10th anniversary as an occasion for sharing some of my favorite posts — a top 10 list, perhaps.

Instead, as we enter the Thanksgiving season, I just want to take the opportunity in this, my 1,173rd post on this blog, to say thank you.

Thank you for reading this blog.

Thank you for following along with my thoughts, no matter how ill-formed or occasionally lucid.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about what you’ve found here, for carrying on virtual discussions based in part on the material written here.

Thanks to those of you who guest-posted here.

Thanks to those authors who let me interview you or review your books, and the publishing houses who provided them.

Thanks to those of you I’ve met in real life as a result of our connections through blogging.

Thank you for all of this and more.

It’s been a fun 10 years.

I’m not sure what the future holds. Perhaps Steve Rubel was premature when he proclaimed the death of blogging way back in 2009, when this blog was but a wee sprout. But blogging does seem quaint these days — a bit like making your own paper to type on. And, frankly, with the astounding pace of change and the speed of social media, I’m not sure that a blog like this is so relevant anymore.

Keep in mind that when this blog was born, there was no Twitter. Facebook was open only to college students or those with a .edu address. MySpace was the rage, and Tom (remember Tom?) was everyone’s friend.

So times have changed. And so have I.

Some days, I want to shut down the whole affair. Those are the days when I don’t feel like I have the energy or ideas or gumption to carry on with this blog.

Other days, I think I still have something worth saying on some higher ed or marketing topic.

Yet other days, I think I want to take my writing in a different direction — beyond the box that is related to higher ed, marketing or some mix of the two.

For now, let me just end by saying thank you. I am truly grateful for your time, attention and involvement over the past decade.


Author: andrewcareaga

Higher ed PR and marketing guy. Communications director for Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Missouri, USA. Slow runner, mediocre guitarist, lover of music and puns, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. I blog and Tweet about #highered, #music, #gocards and #random stuff.

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