It seems like only yesterday that I was posting about six months of Languagehat; time flies when you’re having fun. I’d like to thank the same people I thanked then, as well as all the people who’ve commented or written since. I’ve had something like 43,000 unique visitors, more or less evenly divided between the old Blogspot site and the shiny new MT one; they come from 64 different countries (plus the Old Style Arpanet), including Mauritius, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, New Caledonia, and Brunei Darussalam (the top three foreign sources are Canada, Australia, and France). It’s a cliche, but the internet really is bringing the world closer together.
One thing I’d like to emphasize. People occasionally apologize for intruding on my time or say they don’t know enough to comment; I want to make it clear that I welcome everyone with an interest in the things I write about, whether they have any prior knowledge or not, and I love answering questions I get in e-mails—if your message comes at a busy time, I may take a while to get around to it, but I will answer it. And, of course, if you have an interesting link to pass along or a subject you’d like to hear about, let me know; I’m always on the lookout for new topics!
And we sit here…
there in the arena…
By the way, I’m posting a picture of my language bookshelves (or most of them; you can’t see the bottom row, with the especially tall and heavy books, and the Russian and Greek books are in another bookcase) on my Languages page; if it’s not there when you visit, keep checking back. And I’m hoping to put pictures of my hats on the Hats page before too long, as has more than once been requested. Here at Languagehat, we aim to please!
[Lament. I waited till 12:02 by the computer clock to save this entry so that it would be under July 31 (the anniversary date), but somehow MT thought it was five minutes earlier, so it’s still under July 30. Time is the evil…]
All is well. I did not realize that you could edit the time of posting. Thanks, Dan and Songdog!