Are there an other readers from 2002?

As some of you know, this blog started in early June of 2002. I just noticed that two people left comments who date from the summer of 2002…which means I have people here who have been reading what I’ve been writing for 70% of my adult life. I know people drop in and out, but are there any others?

Just curious.

43 thoughts on “Are there an other readers from 2002?

  1. As far as I remember I started reading your blog in 2002 or 2003 but I usually don’t comment because I don’t have enough time for it (too much interesting things to read on other blogs).

  2. I comment extremely rarely, but have been a reader since sometime in the early 2000s. I wish that in your reader surveys you would include a “Can’t remember” option about how the reader found the site. It’s been a long time.

  3. In 2002 I didn’t have an Internet connection so I downloaded your blog contents and other stuff I was interested in on 3.5 inch floppy disks in an Internet cafe. Then I read all of this at home offline. I really appreciate your interdisciplinary approach and good book recommendations (Principles of Population Genetics by Hartl is excellent). Keep on going your blogging.

  4. I also can’t remember exactly when but I have been reading you for a very long time. I can’t even quite remember how I found things to read back then but I’ve been reading Instapundit since 2002 and various and sundry blogs linked by him and more blogs linked by those blogs. I assume that’s how I found you. I suppose the date could be reconstructed from that.

    Do you have a sense of when you first came to wider attention?

  5. Do you have a sense of when you first came to wider attention?

    it was gradual. the early blogosphere was small. instapundit linked to us early. as did libertarian samizdata. joane jacobs linked to us from a foxnews column too.

  6. I began reading GNXP sometime in early 2004. I know that because you and Godless let me post my four- (or was it six-?) part “Wack Job on Adam and Eve” in April, which I’ve recently turned into a formal academic article and brought up to date with the latest in Mesopotamian archeology. Too bad the comments have been lost. What happened to Godless anyway? You two made a most excellent duo.

  7. I have read for a long time. 2002 is 16 years ago! Who can remember that far back. You have moved a couple times since I have been reading.
    My favorite moment was when the light bulb went on for me on how powerful the old DNA samples would be in making amazing windows on the past. I think it related to lactose tolerance or some kind of Vitamin D thing.

  8. Razib: If you were being linked a lot by Instapundit back in 2002-3, then I probably started reading back them.

  9. I have been reading you for a long time since I read all those blogs at the time. I would like to say that your book selections are usually excellent reads.

  10. Do you remember when you started writing on genetics, biology and related issues as a primary focus? that is when I started reading. Unfortunately, I do not remember what name I used in commenting. I never comment on genetics, only on issues tangentially Indian (south Indian) and asian-related, but not east Asia.

    I remember that for long long time, the Houston Gujaratis were the only known Indian DNA, and it drove me nuts that my results were not too far from them, and that was what primarily made me look at your blog.

    The one thing about people educated in Indian is that if you had been educated before say 1995, you could have gone through school without any knowledge of genetics, and that is crippling.

  11. Do you remember when you started writing on genetics, biology and related issues as a primary focus?

    always been writing about that stuff. though more and more pop gen 2004-2005. it all changed when i read principles of pop gen

  12. Me. I found the original incarnation of GNXP when I was googling for information about human genetics (I remember that very well), because I have a mixed daughter and wanted to know what that meant in real terms, to help her understand. I didn’t catch the blog right at the very start, but not too long after, and I went back and read all of the earlier posts. I used to comment as Sandgroper, but subsequently dropped that in favour of my real name, out of solidarity more than anything.

    I have been reading you continuously ever since, and so I have read everything you have posted on genetics and history on the various incarnations of GNXP right from the beginning to the present. I guess you could class me as a ‘fan boy’. No kind of stalker or whatever, though; e.g. never speculate about your private life or any of that. Not my biz.

  13. I’ve been reading since you’ve were on alternate history newsgroups on the USENET. Honestly, I mostly lurk since you post stuff that’s outside of my previous areas of academic expertise (mostly Japanese history), so I don’t really feel comfortable responding much.

    Your posts are like crossfit for my brain and I like staying abreast of developments in genetics since you make it understandable for the layman to “get”. I’m amazed at how fast it’s moving now. It really feels like the cutting edge of science in a lot of ways.

    I keep adding books you recommend to my Amazon wish list, but in the end I maybe get to a small fraction of them. Like yourself I feel like I have a limited amount of time on this earth and I really want to get through everything “canonical” in fictional/poetic literature during that period, so its all opportunity costs.

    I also raise chickens now, so any pointers on good books/blogs on chicken genetics would be appreciated. The variations in traits there never fails to amaze me every time I go out to take care of my “children”.

  14. spike, i had a lot of friends in avian sciences at davis! i’ll ask around….

    crazy you’ve been reading me for 20 years almost now. i think i started posting in soc.history.what-if fall of 1998?

  15. I wrote a newspaper column about blogging in November 2002 (I needed to define the term!) focused on Instapundit, so likely followed a link there early on. But I didn’t mention you in a column until 2005 (quoting what you said about Dover and Kansas, remember?).

  16. i dont comment, but i have been reading you you since 2002. i was also somehow on steve sailers HBD yahoo thingy even though im a nobody

  17. I’m sure I go back to around 2002. I used to comment more, but I’m still interested in the topics you discuss.

  18. Been reading since I was 17, I think I found it when researching something for a school essay. I am now 31.

    I like to read it because it is rare to find objective thinkers, rather than people who are simply trying to make their side win the argument.

    Never really comment, since I don’t really have much expertise or background in genetics / history and don’t like to get over invested in political / religious debates.

  19. I found you through Sepia Mutiny comments section. So, it must be somewhere 2004-2005. Continued because there aren’t many places where one can learn trustworthy science with a quick read.

    There aren’t many blogs or writers that lasted this long, and so, thanks for keeping it up over all these years (and with three younger Khans around). I appreciate the effort given that I can’t even find time to engage in comments these days.

  20. I believe I found your blog through a link on the website in the first few weeks that you went online, and found interesting info discussed in an uninhibited way, including approaching research on racial genetic variation in a way that was both realistic and humane. What happened to Godless Capitalist? Is Steve Sailer still the father of this blog?

  21. Been around since 2003, after a Slate debate on abortion’s effect on crime led me to Steve Sailer’s blog and GNXP.

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