On August 5th, 1997 I started this blog. Not a journal, or “writing on the web” or whatever, but a weblog, as they were eventually to become known. (The archives are a little screwed up right now, but they are there.)
That’s 9 years of blogging. I’ve seen a lot change in that time, and my life has changed a lot since then. I’ve lived in 5 different houses in 3 different cities, changed jobs a few time, went from being married to not married to enganged to be married, saw my children grow, made new friends, found old friends, seen the web mature, seen businesses launch and fail… Whew, it’s a little crazy when you think about it.
Through all this blogging, I’ve never really been a popular blogger. I don’t live in the Bay Area, I don’t work for some startup, I didn’t come up with the word “Ajax” but along the way I think I did some interesting things… I’ve worked with RSS, aggregators, podcasting, videoblogging, and other things. Through all of that, I stick with it. I feel I’m dedicated if nothing else. What I lack in talent I make up for in tenaciousness. I’ve seen bloggers come onto the scene, become very popular, and then disappear. Slow and steady wins the race, right?
I will patiently await my lifetime achievement award. See, since Cam doesn’t really keep CamWorld up to date, I believe my last target is Dave Winer. I’ve know Dave (in the internet sense of knowing someone) for probably 12 years now, and his time is coming. He admits that he is going to stop blogging at some point, and when he does, I can claim the title of LONGEST CONTINUALLY RUNNING WEBLOG ON THE INTERNET!!!
I’ll just keep cranking out the posts until that happens… I’ve waited this long, what’s another few months or years?
7 replies on “9 Years of Blogging”
Re. the Title, if I remember correctly Dave did stop blogging briefly a couple of years ago as an “I’m not playing” move somehow related to criticism of his version of RSS. Ok, he only stopped blogging for a matter of hours, but it was intended as a symbolic gesture, and so it seems reasonable to accept the symbolism, i.e. he’s not been blogging continuously.
I haven’t really stopped blogging. I just don’t update that frequently. My life is way too freaking busy this year to pay any attention to my blog these days.
But as I said in my most recent post, stay tuned frome big announcements in the next month or two.
Your blog is only as important as you make it. I have learned over the years that there are far more important things in life than ego.
Cam, thanks for the note… To be honest I miss your blogging, and I remain hopeful for it’s return. And I’m not just saying this because I might want to hit you up for some Drupal advice soon. ;)
Dave may have inspired a new slogan: “We make shitty blog posts!”
I’m coming up on two years but was actually supporting others for about 2 years before that. It’s kind of interesting how it all works out, eh?
And here I thought I was an old timer. ;-) Congratulations on reaching your
Congrats Pete! Makes my 3+ years of blogging look like peanuts! :-)