Three years ago today, I made my first post to this blog, which detailed how Mitt Romney's Commonwealth PAC was dumping money into early primary states. As of now, all he has to show in the states he worked so hard in is a single win in his birth state of Michigan. He may yet win the GOP nomination, but that's a pretty poor track record for over three years of campaign work.
In some ways, you could describe this blog the same way -- three years of work and not much to show for it. This blog-year started off with the birth of our son, the defeat of the marriage ban, about half-dozen special elections, and ended with a four-month hiatus and me pretty much ignoring my New Year resolutions.
The blog has undergone a few cosmetic changes as well. I've added categories to every post and now have a sidebar with some more dynamic content. Still, I've noticed that this year I had fewer posts where I was able to do the kind of detailed analysis that I had done on issues in previous years and once again I failed to blog about my experiences working on a local campaign.
If anyone is still reading the blog, here are some of my favorite posts from the past year:
- Interviews with then-statehouse-candidate Jim O'Day, Lisa Williams of H2OTown, Massachusetts insurance expert Stephen D'Amato, Boston City Council candidate Susan Passoni, and State Senate candidate Jeff Ross
- Interviews with the Democratic candidates to replace former Congressman Marty Meehan: Rep. Jamie Eldridge, David O'Brien, Rep. Barry Finegold, former Lowell Mayor Eileen Donoghue, and eventual winner Niki Tsongas
- This post about the state's structurally deficient bridges
- My 2007 Massachusetts Democratic Convention report
- My report on the community meeting about Watertown's Sawins pond