Today marks the one-year anniversary of this blog. On January 8, 2005, I started Citizens Band with a vision that has changed somewhat since the site's inception. CB was initially intended to be a team blog but I quickly decided to keep this site a record of my own opinions. That's not all that has changed, however.
I think this blog has played an instrumental role in helping me become more aware of current events and has really made me develop my writing and argumentative skills. Whereas a year ago I relied mostly on summarizing articles in the news, increasingly I am able to offer more of my own original analyses, place stories in context, and make comparisons. I now consider myself much more politically savvy before, and I can attest that my exposure to different ideologies has changed or moderated my viewpoints on a number of issues.
I hope to do a lot more with this site in the year to come. In the past year, I posted infrequently, often taking weeks or even month long hiatuses. Hence the fact that this is, by my estimate, only the 80th post on this site. In the future I would like to keep this site updated on a daily basis, and utilize more photos, video, and audio to make posts more interesting. I've already started to move away from relying exclusively on long-winded essays (this post not the best example) and I want to add more links to interesting stories which I may only briefly comment on. My hope is that making this a more user-friendly site with more content and more interesting topics will attract a greater readership for this site, which still sees few eyeballs.
Anyway, it's been a great year and I've had a lot of fun with this site. Stay tuned for what's to come, I think it's going to be good!