Yesterday was my eight year anniversary on WordPress.com. They gave me a badge for it, so that’s pretty cool. It makes sense that my anniversary is around this time. I always get antsy for new projects around this time of year.
I couldn’t tell you what kind of site I was trying to make back then. Probably some sort of Boing Boing rip off. I do remember liking the fact that I could have more than one page, which was a leg up on Blogger at the time.
I’ve started and abandoned a lot of sites on WordPress in those eight years, but this one has been the one that I’ve kept up with the most. That’s probably because I post just about anything I want on here and don’t do a lot of link dumps. I have Tumblr for that, which I do need to whip into more shape but that’s a project for another day.
As I said earlier, I was on Blogger before WordPress. I signed up around the summer of 2003. Before that, I didn’t know what blogging was. It had been around since 99, but I really wasn’t that savvy of net trends at the time. To me it was just building a web site, which I knew how to do but had never hosted anything online. That cost money, which I didn’t have when I was in college. The idea of quickly posting things online, for free, without having to mark up the post was really appealing. It still is. The fact that apps like WordPress, and Blogger exist is truly amazing to me and I don’t think people take the time to acknowledge it.
We are constantly connected now – that’s painfully clear – but I don’t think most of us are aware of the fact that we can express ourselves in more that just a tweet. That’s why I still blog after 11 years. Even though the form is now seen as quant by some. I like that fact that there are still places where people can craft long form content about whatever they care about.
Looking back on it, that’s why my other sites failed. I was either making their topics too constricting or I was making their posts a quick write up of a link I found. The “anything goes” nature of the form is what attracted me to blogging and net in general and it’s what I’m finally trying to do with the Electric Abacus. This is my place on the web to try out things. Some of them will be successes, most will be failures. But that’s what I like about personal blogging: the site can change as you change.
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