James Leroy Wilson's blog

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Five Years

November 4 will mark five years of getting published on the web. Sure's a lot easier getting published now than before, in which the bulk of my efforts went to primarily unacknowledged letter to the editor submissions to the Chicago Tribune - although they did publish a few. My greatest achievement was a fairly lengthy letter to First Things magazine sometime in late 1997. I mailed that to them.

I took several months off writing a weekly column for the Partial Observer in the middle of the past five years before resuming again, but throw in my lewrockwell.com articles, some fragments elsewhere, and some longer pieces on this blog, I suppose I've published around 300 essays in the past five years.

Thank God for the Internet, and for my friend Mark Johnson who wanted to start a web magazine, but couldn't think of a name. "I know! I know!" I said, "The Partial Observer."

Imagine what it was like before that. Having something to say, something you knew an audience would appreciate, however small it might be, and not having any outlet get it published. Not having the connections. Not even knowing where to begin.

A lot of my life is still like that. The difference is, now I have written 300 published essays that a bunch of people have read.

So thanks, Mark! And thanks, Lew at LewRockwell.com. And thanks, Blogger! And Out2.com, R. Lee Wrights of Liberty For All, Hanno Beck at The Progress Report, all of you bloggers who've linked to my work, and especially you readers!


  1. GreginOz9:58 PM PST

    Here is your birthday present


  2. Thanks, Greg, but what am I supposed to find there?

  3. Hey, Jim, just found your blog today. Your in my Bloglines now...maybe 5 years late but better than nothing!

    Hope your doing well...

  4. Congrats!

    I had the same reaction to the web. Before it came along, all I had to show for my writing career was a lot of cranky letters to the editor and a few unfinished manuscripts I despaired of ever getting past the publishing house gatekeepers.