Some of you may have noticed that about 3,000 posts went up rather quickly. That’s because with the help of my super-awesome co-editor Jas88, I managed to import the contents of my eponymous Movable Type blog which ran for a few years back in the early Noughties. (I hate that word: if someone has a better one, please advise.) It was unable to be found in archive.org, and I feared it lost in the mists of time until Jas performed his heroic rescue.
It was more news-oriented than it currently is, but retains a similar eclectic flavor.
If you decide to go rummaging through my past (and I can’t blame you if you do), there are a few things you’ll notice:
1. This literally just happened. There may be boo-boos, goofs, and screwups of varying orders of magnitude in the coding that I haven’t seen yet. All internal links to old blog posts will redirect you precisely nowhere, and I haven’t got the inclination to redirect them even if I had the knowledge and time. Which I do not.
2. The posts are all credited to me, but they were not all written by me. I had between two and eight collaborators and co-authors on the old site, many of who had worldviews that differ to mine. But since I only have two authors on this blog, I had to attribute them all to me. A lot of editing and culling and deleting will be going on, but I’m just starting a new (real, paying) job so it might take a while.
3. My own worldview has changed as well. I was more conservative and less libertarian than I am now. Also I no longer live in New York City.
4. Lots of old news stories that seemed terribly important at the time but are now just relics. If you like one of these articles for some inexplicable reason, save it, because it will likely disappear over the next few months.
5. One of my co-authors was my ex-husband. You’ll see references (for a while) to our courtship and marriage, as well as my hyphenated name. (Of course, you won’t know which posts are his.)
6. Another of my co-authors is my current husband. No, questions about numbers 5 and 6 are not welcome.
7. For reasons known only to WordPress and Allah, the import wiped out some of the categories of the new 2013 entries, I’ll try to re-instate them to make searches a little easier.
8. If and when I find particularly funny, pithy and/or inspired postings from the early twenty-first century, I’ll be reposting them as new. Usual caveats: links may be outdated, etc.
In the meantime, some self-promotion: here are some nice things that people said about the old Sasha site.
“Combines high culture with a hot temper.”- Tim Blair
” A perpetual blogging party…the best ongoing linkfest on the Web.”- Ray Sawhill (fka Michael von Blowhard), 2 Blowhards/Uncouth Reflections
“Sasha is like a fresh, cool Catalan white wine, deliciously tart and flavorful.”- John Chappell, John & Antonio/ “Iberian Notes”
“Charming and vivacious.”- Colby Cosh, Macleans
“Extremely endearing.”–Perry de Havilland, Samizdata.net
“Effervescent”-Aaron Haspel, God Of The Machine
“Great spirit and joy.” – Stephen Green, Vodkapundit
“No relation”-Sasha Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy
“Caustic”-Jess Kilby, Portland Phoenix
“Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong BUT: sometimes capable of very sound advice. “-Roy Edroso, The Village Voice, Alicublog