I got an inkling to check my archives today, because I faintly remember started blogging in the summer, lo and behold today the 16th is my tenth anniversary of blogging on this site. Hooray!
From Friendster to Flickr to Facebook I’ve always been active on other sites, what we now call social media, but as my interest in those has waxed and waned I’ve always come back to my home on the web, powered by Open Source software on a domain I own. This is definitely the longest sustained activity I’ve done, and I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t continue the rest of my life, however long or short that may be.
A little of my personal history with blogging: the first blog I remember reading was Zeldman.com, who also introduced me to building websites as a craft rather than an output of a program. His site was personal (and still is) but mixed in technology with a flair and often linked to the other strong voices on the web of its day, like Anil Dash and Jason Kottke. (Both still blogging today.) Everyone seemed to be using software called Movable Type, so I fired that up on matt.mullenweg.com and began haphazardly publishing. (I might dig up those entries and import them here at some point, though it would be really embarrassing.)
Much of my senior year was consumed by two things: preparing for my senior recital (I studied jazz saxophone at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts) and participating in an economics competition called Fed Challenge. Our team made it all the way to nationals, I believe the first academic competition our school had won, but did not win final award. (In a heart-wrenching turn of events, Susan Bies actually announced we won and we lept up to celebrate, then she said “Oh, so sorry.” and said the actual winners were another school, to this day we still don’t know why that happened.) Our economics teacher and coach, Scott Roman, set up a summer program where we’d all return back to Washington D.C. and for a few weeks to continue studying (and preparing next year’s team) and seeing everything we missed on our first trip.
At the same time all this was going on, I had discovered the open source b2/cafelog blogging software, and project called Gallery. I was user #540 on the b2 forums (called “boardom”) and began helping out around there and publishing hacks, which were code modifications you’d copy and paste into files because there were no plugins at the time.
I’m running out of time, so I’ll skip to the end: I started using Gallery on this site (the first album is from June 1) and about two weeks later published the first post, an emo complaint about airport security written while flying into DC. I never imagined when starting that I’d be able to keep it up for another month, much less a decade.