Next month it will be a full ten years since that evening in Manhattan in 2004 when, with my friend Marko Ahtisaari's encouragement, I signed up for a Typepad account, thought of the name 3 Quarks Daily, designed a temporary logo (above), and put up my first posts.
We've come a long way since that day: we have done almost 35,000 posts, published several thousand original essays, and we have received around 30 million page views. In these ten years, we have had exactly and only one day when we did not post anything (long story), otherwise we have taken no holiday. Ever. Sometimes 3QD seems like an overwhelming and relentless duty to me from which there is never any escape, not even for just a week out of the year, but for the most part I enjoy it. Well, obviously. Why else would I do it?
I would like to thank all of the many, many people who have joined me and contributed in some way or other to the evolution and progress of the website by name but there are just too many. You know who you are and you also know that I am grateful. I will take this opportunity to personally thank Morgan Meis, Robin Varghese, Azra Raza, Sughra Raza, Jim Culleny, and Zujaja Tauqeer, for all that they have done and continue to do to make this site one worth coming to for so many intelligent and highly educated readers, and to say this to them: guys and gals, I am in your debt!
Now, to the important thing: I will be in New York City on July 3rd and would like to invite all of you to join me here. They have a beautiful space, Robin assures me, and some fine drinks and food are available for purchase. Most of the editors of 3QD will be there as well as quite a few of our writers (well, those who happen to live in NYC). So come and hang out with us, won't you?
PLACE: Die Kölner Bierhalle
TIME: 6 pm to 10 pm
DATE: Thursday, July 3, 2014
RSVP: In the comments section of this post.
I am looking forward to meeting you, so see you there!