On Paths Taken: A League Census
One of the questions I sometimes get in the real world when discussing the League of Ordinary Gentlemen is why a libertarian blog would ever have me be a contributor. (This question is a distant second to the one most asked, which is: “I’m sorry, the league of what?”) I have never considered this a libertarian blog, but I get this question enough that I had started to assume that back in the day it must have been. I commented that I thought we were no longer a libertarian blog on Murali’s post about why we can’t get chicks, and was surprised when Mark responded that this has never been a libertarian blog. He also promised to do a post on the site’s history, which I am already chomping on the bit to read.
But it made me start to wonder, how did we all get here? This week I have been receiving emails from readers of the League, and have been surprised to see that they aren’t just from people all over the country, they are from people all over the world.
Did some of us know others before, and come over because of them? Did we Google “game of thrones?” Were we sent here by another site, and if so what site? What was the link that made curious enough to come here and take the League for a spin?
I trust that Mark will let us in on the back room stuff, but I am suddenly curious about how all of us that have glommed on over the past few years got here. I’ll start:
I was reading the Daily Dish about a year ago, and came upon a post by Connor Friedersdorf detailing his having drinks with a young blogger who was declaring himself to no longer be conservative. He linked to the young man’s website, and this was the first time I even came across Erik or the League. After that I occasionally came by to read, and then I lurked a bit in the comments section, and then I started joining in on conversations, and before long I was hooked.
What about everyone else? How did you all get here? How long have you been here? Please share, even if you’re usually just an observer, or if this is your first time here.
Thanks to all in advance.