When we started this blog in late ’07, I don’t think we knew what we were getting into. I remember thinking, if we could get just 50 hits a day, I’d be happy. Then we started getting 50. Then 100 became the benchmark. then 500. then 1000. And so on. And then people started shouting us out on their Facebook pages and blogs,  sending us stuff to share and be wrestled with or laugh at.  (My personal We’ve Arrived moment was when I went to a book signing for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ dope memoir, The Beautiful Struggle, and when I mentioned the blog, he said that he was a frequent reader. We did it, Brooklyn!)

This marks our 1000th (!) post, and in the time we’ve been active, our little roster has swelled steadily, and is likely to grow some more. I can’t thank my compatriots enough in helping nurture this blog’s growth: Stacia, my sister from another mister/partner-in-crime; April, who helped me get this thing off the ground; Monica; Shani, Alisa; Steve; Tracy; Nichole, Karas, and Jamelle, who joined us from the United States of Jamerica. I also want to shout out all the folks who linked to us and let us crosspost and shot tips our way: Latoya at Racialicious; Jay Smooth at IllDoctrine; Eric, Ari and the rest of the dope folks at Edge of the American West; Tedra and the squad over at Bitch, Ph.D., Brokey over at BrokeyMcPoverty, and Lauren at Feministe.

(Oh, and Rochelle, who helped me coin the word that became this blog’s name.)

This turned into a valedictory. My bust. That really wasn’t the intention. Still, I wanted to thank y’all for reading and commenting for making great arguments, helping us refine ours, and helping this thing along on the road to whatever its finna become.

A tip of the fitted Phillies cap to all of y’all.



Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.
  • slb

    how ’bout i remember the day you texted from ta-nehisi’s signing. at the selfsame moment you were geeking out over that, i was geeking out that john edwards (*snerk*) was endorsing obama and i was witnessing it. we were hatin’ on each other, and vowing to blog all about it.

    … good times. lol

    i love this site as much as anything for which i’ve ever been a contributor. i consider it a privilege working with you all and i really do look forward to building this PostBourgie brand.

    it’s going up. get into it.

  • Congrats on the first 1000, and, of course, here’s to another thousand after that.

  • rakia

    slb: I wish you could’ve seen your boy at the Ta-nehisi signing. He got mad shy and nervous, like he was about to ask T on a date or sumthin’. It was hilarious. I need to carry my camera around 24/7 to capture stuff like this.

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  • melodik

    wow. has that much time really gone by?
    i’m so proud of you, G.D.
    keep up the great work, ya’ll!

  • Well, hey, this blog is bad ass. What else do you want from me?

    Actually I started reading because Bitch PhD recommended this blog, so give my accolades to her. 😉

  • -k-

    kudos. the attention is well-deserved; the blog is consistently worth reading. keep it up.

  • mute

    congrats PB folks. i definitely enjoy this site.

    random comment: i wish they’d left the cover of Beautiful Struggle alone. the flower growing from concrete image is trite imo and just not better compared to the photograph cover.

  • I’m geeked to just be around and have a chance to throw my $0.02 worth in every now and again. So pround of you G.D.!

  • R.

    You peops have something real great going on here. Congrats!

  • Yay!! Congrats!!! I love this blog and am still humbled that you link to me over there on the right-hand column. This place rocks.

    (PS: This is Redstar, blogging under my real name and via the site I’m at mostly now, Change.org.)

  • Winslowalrob

    Here is to the next 1000!