James Joyce reads.
William Butler Yeats pauses in his reading.
This blog started as a professional obligation. One aspect of my work involves the educational use of social media, so it is part of my job to poke around on any platform that might be of use. Usually this means I pick a topic or project, keep at it for a couple of weeks, and drop it when I’ve learned enough about the platform to feel comfortable with it. That’s how APR started.
But, unlike most of these professional forays into social media, I found I really enjoyed having APR around.
Also, APR started to get popular. Not [enter just about any BBC import to the states] popular, but still, far more people were enjoying it than I imagined ever would. And this best thing about this popularity was that the very nature of the tumblr made it essentially unmonetizable. If I wanted to do this, I could do it without worrying about how it would become a book or support ads or whatever. I’d just do it and people could just enjoy it if they wanted. It had to be a sharing thing. I couldn’t try to sell you something. I liked that.
So I’ve kept at it. And you’ve kept enjoying.
Which brings us to today. Today APR passed a follower-count milestone that, when I started, was unthinkable. I thought I should thank you for following. Thanks to everybody who has submitted ideas and pictures. Thanks to the rebloggers. Thank you all.
This unidentified man is one of the first readers to ever appear in a photograph. This picture was created one year after the invention of the daguerreotype.
Thanks to Flawed Narrator for the lead on this.