I realized earlier this week that I recently posted my 100th essay to this blog. Most of them are authored by me, but several others were contributed by people I respect and admire. Time has moved so quickly, that I couldn't believe it at first.
This blog has been a labor of love for the last four years. When I started it, there weren't that many blogs devoted to fraternity/sorority life. I had just finished my brief tenure at the North American Interfraternity Conference and was trying out a new career path. I wanted to stay connected to Greek life, and I had some opinions and thoughts to share. Thus, I decided to give this blog a shot. My very first post, Justifying Fraternity, is still one of my favorites.
From that point forward, I decided that I would try to not only write column-style posts that gave my opinion, but also more creative expressions of my belief in fraternity. I even tried a video essay called Crazy, that may have been my first widely-shared post.
I don't pretend to think I'm writing the Huffington Post here or anything. But it has been encouraging to see how many people have reacted to the writings here. I was especially surprised by a post that began as scribbles on an airplane flight and became the most popular one - A Woman's Touch. Thank you to anyone who liked, shared, commented on, or simply read something on this blog. You've made this a whole lot of fun.
I hope to keep doing this for a long time, although I expect more guest writers will be needed in the future. Of course, that was the original intent as well (hence the word "Fraternal" in the title). So, please consider contributing.
I thought it would be fun to celebrate this milestone by sharing my own personal top five favorite posts.
5. Greetings From the Back Row - I had a day to kill in San Francisco, and was too lazy to walk far from my hotel. I settled into a local coffee shop and the idea and the words just began to flow. I couldn't wait to publish this one.
4. It's Time to End Pledging - I don't believe in being provocative just for the sake of it. I truly believe what this essay says and it has probably been my most controversial post. I love how it created a spirited debate.
3. Seeking the Truth from Fraternity - This post reflects a shift in my own thinking about the power of fraternity and that fraternity is a movement intent on creating a better world.
2. Thank You and Your Welcome - I always wanted to put this concept in writing, and it just hit me one night that I should do it in the first person. I chose a sorority perspective because so many posts here are heavy on fraternity.
1. ENOUGH - Maybe I chose this as #1 because it was the most time-consuming to create (by a mile). I spent months on this. The message still speaks to me, especially because I wasn't a very courageous leader in my undergraduate years.
Thank you again for choosing to read this blog. I'm honored that you do. I believe in fraternity and as long as I can add to the conversation about its future, I'll keep writing. And I hope you will too.