"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)



Today marks five years of blogging at Texas in Africa. To say that I am astonished at how it's developed in that time would be an understatement. What began as a space to record and process thoughts from dissertation fieldwork that no one besides my parents and a few friends read is now a forum for discussion for researchers, aid workers, policy makers, journalists, students, and others from all over the world.

This year, among many other topics, we followed significant changes in the way the international media covers Rwanda, a fascinating collision of the aid blogger & social media worlds over the 1 Million Shirts debacle, and the continuation of the argument over the DRC's conflict minerals. Readership grew significantly in 2009-10, thanks largely to links from Andrew Sullivan, the Africa Monitor team at the Christian Science Monitor, and links and suggestions from people all over the blog and twitter-spheres. Thank-you.

At its best, this blog is a conversation. It would not exist in this form without you. Thanks for reading, commenting, arguing, challenging, linking, and suggesting new ideas, day after day after day. Not every blog has such smart and insightful readers. I am fortunate to count you among mine.


Blogger A Peace of Conflict said...

Keep up the good work! We can only hope for another 5 years of great posts!

We have thoroughly missed your insights during your vacation! Come back soon.:)

Sunday, August 29, 2010 5:17:00 AM

Blogger Rachel said...

Happy fifth anniversary! Traditionally, we should be giving you wooden gifts and/or silverware. :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010 11:09:00 AM

Blogger Matt Davies said...

As a newcomer to the world of blogging, as a reader and blogger, let me congratulate you on maintaining such a vibrant and thought-provoking blog. Here's to five more years!

Sunday, August 29, 2010 2:52:00 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

I'm no longer a Texan in Africa (just a Texan) but I still love reading your blog. Keep up the good work!

Friday, September 03, 2010 8:19:00 PM


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