The last time I marked a traffic milestone was May, when Rethink hit 400,000. I loved writing that post and thanking all of you: the community that’s formed around this blog is just incredible.
Well, it’s been a little over three months and there have been 50,000 more visitors since then. It’s not 10,000 a day, which is the traffic I’ll feel comfortable with. But there are no complaints on my part – that’s a lot of people for a blog that talks about Plato, Emily Dickinson, Xenophon, Yeats, Kay Ryan and a host of others. You’d think the classical music and art posts would keep people away. Maybe that’s happening, maybe not, but the truth is there’s rapid growth and I need to say thank you to all of you once again.
A few things that don’t get much attention and really should:
- Amy King, “I’ve Opted for a Heart This Mid-November Morn” – it’s a really beautiful poem about desire, identity and growth.
- Ario Farin, “Up, Up and Away!” – I am so privileged to have this poem up on the blog. I’m really surprised it alone hasn’t made Rethink famous.
- An Introduction to Machiavelli’s “Prince” – once upon a time, this post got a lot of traffic. Now that’s died down. I have no idea why. I could not possibly sum up the history of political philosophy any more briefly, and I don’t think the readings of passages from Machiavelli here are that bad.
- Derek Walcott, “Europa” – the one commentary I’ve written that might have a chance of lasting. I revisited it recently after having read a ton more Plato, Xenophon, Aristotle and all that good stuff. It’s aged well.
- Vitezslav Nezval, “Defenestration” – not recommending this so much for the commentary as the poem. It’s long, but the imagery is absorbing.
Thank you all so much. It’s a pleasure to write for all of you. I’m going to try to get away from the computer for a few days and read for myself. *fingers crossed*
P.S. Almost forgot – if you’ve made it this far, something I know all of you will like.