This blog is one year old today. After a brilliantly original first post, followed by a now-falsified prediction, I finally got around to something substantive by the end of my first week. My month-ending statistics for May 2002 say I was rewarded with 26 unique visitors, some of whom were me using different computers. This month I’m on track to get about 22,000 visitors—certainly nowhere near the traffic of the big fish (how’s that for a mixed metaphor?), but pretty respectable as things go. I still think it’s odd that more people read what’s here every week than have ever read any of my published papers. Just as long as the senior faculty don’t find out, I suppose. At any rate, after a year’s worth of posting, I now control the recently-married, expat-Irish social scientist niche in the blogosphere. Except for Henry Farrell of course. Damn.