It’s my Fourth Blogiversary!
Yes, it was four years ago tonight that I took the plunge into the icy waters of blogging.
What a long strange trip it’s been.
Blogging was a fairly new thing on this day in 2002; there were only a few thousand bloggers at that point (about half of them claiming to have invented blogging, and no one other than bloggers had heard of Wonkette, Andrew Sullivan, or Boing Boing.
In other words, it was mostly just a big, snobby, bloggers-only treehouse club, and outsiders were regarded warily.
Fortunately, there was a huge influx of us new bloggers — myself, Yay Kim, and Gigglechick among them — about that time that the ol’ prospectors had no choice but to stand back and observe all the chaos.
And chaos it was, because most of us had no idea what to do.
This was evidence by my very first post:
Woo-hoo! I’m a bloggist! Now to set into motion my master-plan … ! No, wait … now to think of a master plan … ! No -first things first … now to change the colors of this page!
But before I do that — remember the artist has to suffer … and not just pain, that’s too pedestrian … the TRUE artist has to suffer life’s little mundane insanities in order to create his masterpieces … so I will begin by … going to the laundrymat! And drying some towels!
Seriously. It has nothing to do with creativity. The heating element went out in our dryer, and I have to go down and dry some towels my wife washed this afternoon …
… Right after I finish feeding the dogs …
See? And you thought YOUR life was boring!
My second post was written later that evening, with pen on paper, while waiting on the laundy, and typed in the next day.
And I kept on posting, almost every day for more than three years, sometimes three or four times each day.
This past year, with my pneumonia and tumor surgery, I still posted just about every day except for that week when I was hospitalized, but in the summertime I began to consider that each new blog post was only minimally adding value to my blogging accomplishment, and that achievements in some of my other projects were a better use of that daily chunk of time — often over an hour — and thus I’ve been only posting once or twice a week. In the post of increasing the mass of my blog archive, I’ve learned Flash animation, made starting loop-based tracks for several new songs, made improvements in my photography skills (and went over 1000 pictures posted on Flickr), found out even more about my genetic heritage, worked on some video projects (including an NBC contest entry, which I’ve mentioned here often, of course), power-walked around 30 minutes every day for six months, installed yet another Linux distro on the computer in the garage, and made some hardware upgrades to my main computer.
Among other things.
See, the returns on blogging are diminishing these days: At the end of 2003, my first full year of blogging, ABC News named bloggers their People of the Year, but last week, TIME magazine selected not just bloggers but amateur video producers, song-mashup-makers, virtual reality participants, and wiki contributors (among others) as their People of 2006.
Just as I suspected, it was time to branch out.
So don’t worry, I’m still blogging, but I’m just doing it less, in order to actually have a life about which to write.
Stick around, and maybe tomorrow I’ll make a list of the things going on in that life right now.
And I’m working on an animation commemorating this 4-year milestone.
(And by the way, thanks to RennyBA, who remembered YESTERDAY that today was my four-year mark, and congratulated via the comments! And thanks to all the rest of you who keep checking back here, in spite of fewer and fewer reasons …)