This blog is an archive of the posts written by me, Will Collier, at VodkaPundit from 2004 through 2008.
In February of ’04, Stephen Green invited me to play Joan Rivers to his Johnny Carson and guest-host his hugely-popular VodkaPundit blog while he was away on vacation. One thing led to another, and I wound up staying for the next four years. It was one hell of a ride.
I wrote over 700 posts at VodkaPundit, including what I consider some of the best work I’ve ever done. After writing online in near-total obscurity from 1997-2001 (most of that time before the word “blog” was even coined), I suddenly found myself being quoted in places like CNN and the BBC, and participating in the national debate in a way that was frankly inconceivable just a year or so earlier. I made a ton of new friends (not least including Steve) and a somewhat smaller number of new enemies along the way.
In 2009, when Steve joined Pajamas Media as a full-time editor, reporter, blogger and on-air personality, the VodkaPundit archives were transferred over to their current site at PJM. I took the shift as being as good a time as any for me to stop mooching off of Steve’s bandwidth and start up (or rather re-start after a long hiatus) my own blog at WillCollier.com.
But I didn’t want to lose track of the work I’d done at VodkaPundit, and I definitely wanted to be able to link back to particular pieces from time to time. I soon found out that this would be a difficult task, since the PJM version of VodkaPundit didn’t identify the authors of the older posts. Steve and I have very similar writing styles, and I occasionally had a tough time myself identifying who wrote what from four or five years back. Making that distinction wasn’t getting any easier as time continued to pass. So, with a little help from Steve and design goddess Stacy Tabb, I’ve extracted my old posts from VodkaPundit and re-published them here.
A few words of caution: I make no guarantees as to the functionality of any external link on this site. The web changes pretty fast, and I’ve made no effort to check or update hyperlinks that go back as much as six years. Some embedded videos and pictures are also missing; I will endeavor to add those back in as I’m able. I’ve disabled new comments for all posts, although the original comments from VodkaPundit have been preserved and can still be read.
Finally, this is an archive, not a “live” blog. I will not be updating it regularly–or barring very unusual incidents, at all. You can find my current writing on politics and general subjects at WillCollier.com, on college football at From The Bleachers, as well as my columns for Pajamas Media at PJM’s main site.
So thanks for reading, and thanks again to Steve for five hella-fun years.