I’ll say this now, I’ve never been good with “about” pages. It usually works something like this, I create one and then neglect it for several years. The about section has gone through perhaps three revisions in five years, which has not been enough.
When I started this site back in 2001, I was a junior in high school at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Illinois. I am originally from Homewood, Illinois which is a small town in the southern suburbs of Chicago. After high school, I attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. I graduated in 2006 with a degree in Economics, and now live in the Reed-Cooke area of the Adams Morgan neighborhood in the District of Columbia.
I’ve had a variety of jobs since graduation, including working for a progressive non-profit, managing a hardware store, and working security at a rock club. Currently, though, I work in the computer department of the Sierra Club.
This weblog was first born in January 2001, the same day as President George W. Bush’s inauguration. The idea was for the site to be political in nature—a running criticism of the new administration. At the time the site had two writers, myself and Kevin. In August of 2001, the weblog moved from d-a-v-e.com to its current home, whichwayup.org.
Posting frequency took a significant hit both due to my being busy in college, and also because I began posting most personal-type entries on my LiveJournal. In 2007-2008 I stopped blogging for a while. This was due to a variety of reasons, but in August ‘08 I decided to revive the site.
whichwayup.org has some claim to internet fame, mostly stemming from the “Bartman” incident in 2003. whichwayup.org has been mentioned on Slashdot, USA Today, Fark, and several other high-traffic web sites. And as expected, not much of that traffic helped capture a larger readership.
Throughout the history of the site, there have been a number of writers in addition to Dave. These have included Kevin Peliusczak, Dave Danico, Chris Barr, Jay Perez, Adrienne Canzolino and Sean Powers.
The current design—version 3.0, is one of the few designs the site has seen that I did not hand code. Sometime in the near future, I am hoping to move to a homemade design. I hope to include the previous years archives into this second design, which will most likely be dubbed 3.1 or something of that nature.