October 25, 2008

Electronic Village Milestone: 1,000 Posts!


I had no idea that I would post 1,000 posts when I first started this blog back in January 2007. I didn't have a vision for the blog when I first created it. My sister told me that I could start a blog for free ... and that was pretty much my only motivation.

However, this blog evolved over the past 1,000 posts. We seek to provide information that uplifts people of African descent here in America. Our most favorite topics have been 'Barack Obama', 'Election-2008' and 'Criminal Justice'. It should be interesting to see how we evolve in the coming weeks as the 2008 election cycle comes to an end.

I am very grateful to all the villagers that have supported this blog. Cliff, Danielle, Field, Gattina, Iya, Keith, Kyra, Mike, Mrs. Grapevine, Pam, Purple Zoe, Regina, Sojourner and so many others have shared comments, insights and suggestions.

My hope is that I discover a way to encourage more COMMENTS from those of you that visit. That is going to be a focus for me over the coming weeks.

Anyhow, I decided to go back and find my favorite posts within the ten 100-post intervals since we began this thing. Here is what I came up with.
  1. Posts 1 - 100: Manic Monday: Graphic - Manic Monday is a weekly meme that helped introduce me to some remarkable bloggers. I use it to research Black history and Black culture. Anyhow, this post focused on the inhuman legacy of lynching in America. Unfortunately, I find myself referencing this post often ... including just recently when a McCain supporter hung Obama in effigy.

  2. Posts 101 - 200: Jena 6, Racism in America - Black bloggers brought this story to the attention of the mainstream media. The result was the largest civil rights march in over a decade on 9/20/2007. I provided villagers with an overview of the Jena 6 case in this post.

  3. Posts 201 - 300: Only A Dad - I posted this photo and poem a few days after my father passed away. I miss him everyday.

  4. Posts 301 - 400: Iowa Victory Speech - I watched this speech with my Mom. She didn't notice ... but, I cried. I was already an Obama supporter, however, this speech was the first time that I realized deep down in my soul that he had a chance to win. This remains my favorite Obama speech of all-time.

  5. Posts 401 - 500: Evolution of the AfroSpear - My blog has grown exponentially since I hooked up with the kinfolk in this alliance of progressive Black bloggers. This post provided an overview of the AfroSpear for my blog readers.

  6. Posts 501 - 600: Al Sharpton & NAACP Are Wrong - It felt good to be part of the online activism that supported the woman terrorized by the gang of rapists in Dunbar Village. We forced Al Sharpton and NAACP to revisit their approach to the situation down in Florida.

  7. Posts 601 - 700: Justice for LaVena Johnson - I introduced the late Pfc. LaVena Johnson to my blog readers with this post. We still have work to do. We need to get Congress to investigate her wrongful death while serving in Iraq.

  8. Posts 701 - 800: Blogging While Brown Conference - This was the first time in history that bloggers of color gathered together under one roof to learn and motivate one another in a serious way. This post gave my review of the BWB Conference to my blog readers.

  9. Posts 801 - 900: African Americans & Sarah Palin - The hits on my blog have increased almost three-fold since I published this post on what African Americans in Alaska thought about Sarah Palin. I will miss Gov. Palin when she goes back to obscurity after November 4.

  10. Posts 901 - 1,000: NAACP's Ben Jealous Meets With Black Bloggers - My relationship with the NAACP evolved over the past year. My first NAACP post was entitled, "Is the NAACP Relevant?". Now, I find myself with other Black bloggers talking to the NAACP president. Only in America!

Let's turn this into an OPEN THREAD until our next milestone post. Feel free to share your thoughts, ideas, memories and anything else on your mind as it relates to the Electronic Village blog. What's on your mind?

13 comments:

SjP said...

Yippie!!! Congrats! SjP's wants to be just like EV when she grows up! I am so happy for you reaching this milestone.

OAN, I invite you and other Villagers to join in the Worldwide Day of Prayer and Fasting for Obama on Nov. 3. We got some difficult days ahead...

clnmike said...

Congrats!

MsMarvalus said...

Congratulations!

DNLee said...

congrats villager. this blog is always one of my first stops for commentary on breaking news.

Villager said...

Sojourner - You bring a smile to my face every time you share your village voice with us! I will share information about the Day of Prayer and Fasting for Obama on Monday morning as part of my weekly Manic Monday meme post...

Mike - Asante sana. You can't be too far behind. How many posts have you created on your blog so far?

Ms. Marvalus - Asante sana. Your avatar is in my Top 5 favorites!

DN - Asante sana. I appreciate the unique niche that you are striving to penetrate with your blog as well...

MacDaddy said...

Congrats!

msladydeborah said...

Hotep Villager,

When I first started my journey into the world of black blogs, yours was on my list. I learned a lot by just reading and visiting as much as possible.

You are an inspiration and role model for us.
Keep on posting and sharing! I look forward to you celebrating 2000!

Villager said...

Lady D - Asante sana. Hard to imagine what we'll all be doing after another 1,000 posts. How many posts do you have on your blog now?

MacDaddy - Asante sana.

Kit (Keep It Trill) said...

Whew! That's a lot of keystrokes! Congrats!

Travis said...

Congratulations on your incredible milestone. I always learn when I visit here.

Thanks!

Villager said...

KIT - Asante sana. I hadn't thought of it in terms of keystrokes. Actually, that is quite a SCARY thought...

Travis - Asante sana. Your comment brought a smile to my face. I learn quite abit with each post as well...

Jose said...

Congratulations, sir.

Villager said...

Jose - Asante sana. I'm honored to be your colleague in The AfroSpear...