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Watercooler – Remembering The Seminal

I believe that this will be the last post ever under The Seminal name – and I am extremely honored to be able to do it. The new look and features that are coming to "MyFDL" are exciting – and represent a step forward in the evolution of the political blog – but I will always have a soft spot in my heart for The Seminal.

Two-and-a-half years ago, I was a wannabe blogger dinking around with my own little site on Blogspot. On a good day, I’d get 20 hits, but I still wrote passionately about matters of social justice, poverty, and the environment.

Then one day, by random chance, I stumbled across The Seminal. I was impressed by the content and the attitude, so I submitted a piece from my own blog – it was about the 2008 Democratic primaries and why no one was talking about public transportation as a solution to our energy problems. Much to my surprise, the piece got published – and even more to my surprise, after I had a couple more pieces published, I was asked to join The Seminal as a regular writer.

Since then, I have embarked on an unbelievable journey of learning and writing about progressive politics, in addition to being a part of a growing community that I feel is an up-and-coming force on the national scene. Since The Seminal came under FDL’s roof, that feeling has only grown – and there are still days when I sit back at marvel at the opportunity that the founders of The Seminal have given to me and to many other aspiring bloggers. We will always be grateful.

That’s my Seminal story. Please share yours, or perhaps just a fond memory that sticks out in your mind.

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