I used to be a hardcore Russia watcher. I started a blog in high school and after starting university, it slowly morphed into a Russia-watching blog, where I wrote about news concerning Russia and expressed my many opinions relating to the country and its neighbors. Writing that blog was fun, but then something happened. I was far away from home, on a year-long study abroad, when I realized I didn’t want to write that blog anymore. I wanted a fresh start, so I started a new blog (and lost the vast majority of my readers – I still feel a bit bad about my sudden abandonment of the old blog, but I wanted to make a clean break).
That new blog I started is the one you’re reading right now. I love this blog, but after the demise of my prior blog, I made a vow (an unofficial one, mind you – it was in my own head and this is the first time I’ve spoken about it publicly) to not Russia watch anymore. By and large, I kept that vow simply because I was too busy to do many things outside of school. I completed my study abroad program and finished my degree, which entailed writing a lengthy thesis on Stalin. Even if I’d had the inclination to become a Russia watcher again, I really did not have time.
Then, I graduated, had a brief crisis (concerning my future), and solved that crisis when I applied to (and was accepted) a fabulous academic program for next year. And gradually, I began to realize that I missed Russia watching. I missed following the Russia-related news (I haven’t followed the news in general all that much since November). More to the point, I missed talking about it, blogging about it, and analyzing it.
It is with great happiness that I announce my return to the Russia-watching blogosphere. I am planning to separate the awesome Russia stuff from this blog (much like my friend Anatoly Karlin does: he writes on Russia here and basically everything else here). I’m thinking of using a subdomain (as in russia.fluenthistorian.com) but I may end up purchasing another domain, who knows.
In all honesty, it’s not that much of a surprise that I’m returning to Russia watching. I really became interested in Russian politics in May 2008, when Dmitry Medvedev was elected president. Ever since then, I’ve been fascinated with Russia. It’s only natural that I should start blogging about it again.
Both images from here.