10 Years

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

A reader pointed out to me that I missed my 10-year blogoversary. It was either sometime last month or sometime in mid-February, depending on whether you measure from when I started blogging, or when I started blogging on something resembling the site you see now.

It’s a bit hard to believe. But thanks to all the regular readers, commenters, and those of you who send leads and tips from day to day. I do still plan to do an e-book of favorite posts and articles from the last 10 years. I just had to push the project back for a while when someone offered to pay me to write an actual book. But that will still happen. Eventually.

Also,  I guess this is a good time to let you know that the site will soon be making the switch over to Huffington Post I mentioned about a year ago. We’re still working out the specifics. But I hope you’ll all continue to participate over there.

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73 Responses to “10 Years”

  1. #1 |  marta | 

    other sean: i agree totally. integrity is a great word for radley.

  2. #2 |  Radley Balko | 

    There’s just no way to have a conversation that way, you’re just throwing your sentences into a big pit.

    Fair enough. You might try reading through an RSS feed.

  3. #3 |  MH | 

    @Michael #32

    “congrats on the blogoversary, followed you since your weekly(??) articles on foxnews.com When you no longer wrote there I changed my home page to this blog.”

    Man, you must have nuts of steel.

  4. #4 |  MH | 

    I’m not clear, is this blog to be taken offline after the transition or remain an archive?

  5. #5 |  MH | 

    “A sweet sentiment but will depend on which type of folks bother to comment more or who is more numerous. My guess is the huffpo mindset will win out.”

    Perhaps so, but if commenters here write off the Huffpo blog from the outset, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

  6. #6 |  Kris | 


    I started reading you when you were still with foxnews.com, and was (at least one of) the one who let you know the links/attribution to this site were complete crap at the time. I cannot stress enough how important your vigilance and writing has been for me to reveal such deep flaws in our law enforcement and judicial proceedings.

    From you I learned about LEAP, about the Innocence Project (to which I now donate monthly), about the odious Dr. Hayne and equally vile Dr. West, about the jaw-dropping extent of prosecutorial misconduct, and so on.

    In a better world, the news would be filled with your kind of reporting, and our justifiable outrage would be mainstream. Full stop.

    You have my admiration and my thanks.

  7. #7 |  Belle Waring | 

    Hi Radley, Happy Anniversary! I think you may be the only person in the history of blogging to actually do anything useful. As a card carrying lefty…I’m afraid of your move to HuffPo. It’s really a wretched place. They just have too many commenters, and you couldn’t possibly have the stamina to shut them all up, all the time, nor could your loyal cadre of original commenters downvote them fast enough or whatever.

    Sorry, this is lazier than emailing you, but…You see trackbacks so you would probably notice but I posted something that commented on your post here, at Crooked Timber. I can’t remember if html’s enabled, so:
    I also saw a birdhouse I know you would really, really like (no really, you should all check it out.)

  8. #8 |  Other Sean | 

    About #45…There really is a Goldilocks problem with comment sections: it’s no fun posting on the really small sites where replies range from 5 – 10, and it’s Godwin city once you get into the 200+ range. Even an otherwise great site like reason.com has an absolutely miserable comment culture now; nothing but trolls, troll-chasers, and a never-ending arms race in the development of irony and inside jokes.

    I know a few sites have tried having separate VIP comment sections, or systems that reward long-term reputation building, etc. I guess no one has quite found a reliable scheme that works from site to site.

    In this case, it would be really cool if there was just a special icon to mark out people who came over from The Agitator, so they might know each other, in hoc signo.

  9. #9 |  Iced Borscht | 

    Good job! I’ll add that I like the comments and the whole interface here a lot better than the HuffPo site but I will continue reading your work there, and I’ll continue drawing others’ attention to it there.

  10. #10 |  Johnny | 

    Congratulations and thank you! Nothing else is worth saying, HuffPo or otherwise. You’ve done a good service and I would expect you’ll continue to provide it.

  11. #11 |  Pi Guy | 

    Been a daily follower since c.2005, back in the old Reason days.

    Yes, HuffPo’s left-leaning. Time to start tipping back. Let’s take it to ’em, Radley!

  12. #12 |  MassHole | 


    Regardless of where you hang your hat, you will always have my respect and attention. I’m excited to hear more about your book and look forward to reading it. One of the best side effects of your reporting is that it has taught many of us how to argue effectively against the drug war and the status quo of the police/legal/prison systems.

    I would say many of us here are unlikely to participate at Huffington Post. In my case, I don’t comment as much as I once did as there comes a point when one doesn’t have much more to say about the latest nut punch. In addition, I don’t usually comment where you have to register. However, it’s much more important that your ideas and reporting be introduced to a new and larger audience than for me to be able to occasionally vent. I sincerely hope a speaking gig or BOOK TOUR! will bring you to Boston soon. Like most here, I would like to shake your hand and sip some bourbon with you.

  13. #13 |  A Critic | 

    “I know some of you are worried about comments. I’ve been assured that if I ask, the editing will be hands-off.”

    I’ll believe it when I see it. So far as I can tell their poster-moderators will still be able to delete comments based on prejudice or based on nothing. About 60% of the comments I get back are censored, not counting the ones that violate the rules. Makes it difficult to have a conversation when both sides are randomly censored.

  14. #14 |  Bart | 

    Radley – “What is the principle that compels you to refuse to read even articles you think are important, solely because of the banner at the top of the page?”

    The principle is that when a Banner regularly puts out slanderous content, I choose not to support them in any way. IMHO, the responsibility is not on me to sift through their crap to get to the one or two solid pieces.

    Too much good content elsewhere and too little time.

  15. #15 |  CyniCAl | 

    Reader since 2004, commenter since 2008. I follow no other blog as religiously as this one. I firmly believe that this blog is important to the future of our society, as a bellwether and as an influence on policy.

  16. #16 |  Ben | 

    Congrats Radley, reader since 2005 myself. And I will definitely be following you over to HuffPo. I’d say I’m definitely to the left of you and most of your commenters, but that doesn’t mean that I particularly agree with the average HuffPo commenter (or writer, for that matter). However, I always felt that the left was a more natural ally for most of the stuff you write about than the right. So I think you’ll get a friendlier response for most of your stuff than most other people think. The only thing that will really get the Hufferati up in a snit will be your more libertarian-based economic posts/comments.

  17. #17 |  Steve Florman | 

    HuffPo makes me more than a little nervous; if I were you I’d definitely rethink keeping this site as an independent foothold for when those lunatics become too loony for you. However, do what you think is best. Just make sure you’re still around for us to say “we told you so” when Arianna and Co. go off the deep end.

  18. #18 |  Darth Cuddly | 

    Congrats on the anniversery. Been reading since 2002 but haven’t commented in years.

  19. #19 |  Other Sean | 

    Ben #66,

    I also used to think the left was a latent ally against the drug war, until I realized that they just want to turn the prisoners and parolees of today into the court ordered mental patients of tomorrow.

  20. #20 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    No, sorry, I won’t post on Huffpost after they edited my posts there to change their actual meaning quite radically, multiple times.

    @69 – Funny, Portugal’s scheme works.

  21. #21 |  Tim C | 

    –Sorry to say, I won’t be following you to HP. I won’t give them any page views – even if its for your stuff.

    -I’m mystified when people write things like this.

    I’m mystified that a person who espouses one set of principles would move to a site that clearly espouses another (perhaps with some minimal overlap, but that is insignificant compared to the essentials).

    It’s examples like this, that, unfortunately, concretize Objectivism’s issues with libertarianism, when seemingly the two should be fairly well aligned.

  22. #22 |  Radley Balko | 

    I’m mystified that a person who espouses one set of principles would move to a site that clearly espouses another….

    Not sure how you expect libertarian ideas to spread if libertarians are only allowed to write for libertarian publications that are primarily read by other libertarians.

  23. #23 |  Other Sean | 

    Leon #70,

    Fair point about Portugal. I guess you could say I’m just really afraid of the aristocratic, Bloomberg wing of the American Left. Once the elections are over, they – and not the OWS kids – always seem to end up calling the shots. And I find it very hard to imagine drug freedom coming about by alliance with a faction that is now moving to control salt, fat, and tobacco intake.