Four Years and A Lot of Thanks


It occurred to me yesterday that this month marks the fourth birthday of this blog.  It’s been through many iterations since 2007, and, well, so have I. started as a simple place to post news about my writing.  I was just starting to send my short fiction and creative nonfiction out to publishers, and I had some early successes at venues like Brevity, elimae, and Geez that I wanted to share.  I want to thank Dinty Moore from Brevity; Cooper Renner, formerly of elimae; and Will Braun, formerly of Geez Magazine for publishing those pieces, and I want to encourage everyone to continue to submit to those outstanding venues.

As 2007 progressed, I discovered great blogs and the people behind them: Tara Lazar (Anonymom back then) and Peter Holm-Jensen (Notes From Room) come instantly to mind. I found Rob McEvily’s Six Sentences. I blogged about writing, and eventually became more comfortable blogging about personal things: philosophy, religion, politics, culture with varying regularity.  I reconnected with my dear friend Nathan Key. In late 2009, as I really started to find a new voice in my fiction, I went on a kind of blogging hiatus.  I felt like I needed to shut down the evolving narrative on the blog in order to hear the new one coming up from my experiences in The New School’s MFA program. At some point, I took down almost all of the old posts because I felt very strongly that I needed to start letting my fiction speak for me.  A few months later I started blogging here again.

I haven’t been thinking of it in terms of the New Year or the blog’s birthday, but lately I’ve been wanting to blog more frequently and about a broader range of things.  Over the past few weeks I’ve just been having fun with it.  I’m still working hard on all my fiction (thus begins the thesis semester), but I’m confident enough in that to come back here and just relax.

Last night I reposted about a dozen entries from over the past four years with their original dates.  They’re back in the archives.  Thank you for reading, for engaging my always-changing editorial ideas, for commenting, emailing, facebooking, and for checking up on what I’m up to every now and then.

The kid in the first picture in the new banner has a messy desk.  Looking forward to the best year yet.

The following content was provided by the good people at WordPress as a rundown of 2010 here at

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

In 2010, there were 79 new posts. There were 86 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 30mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was February 8th. The most popular post that day was That Letterman/Leno Commercial .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,, Google Reader, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for christopher cocca, chris cocca, desmond hume sunglasses, best similes and metaphors, and cocca.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010:

  1. That Letterman/Leno Commercial
  2. Words
  3. MFA
  4. Dodges The Dad Shorts Bullet
  5. An Open Letter to the Writers of “The Office”

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