A Few Web Development Highlights From a Decade of Blogging

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This post has stuff about a previous relationship. My perspective has changed

On the 22nd I will be celebrating my 10 year blogging anniversary. I thought it would be fun to re-publish a few of my more popular dev-related posts.

A tiny bit of history

I started blogging in 2002 on Blogger, just a while before they got bought by Google. When I graduated from college in 2003 I thought it would be an awesome idea to set up a web server in my house. I upgraded my internet service to DSL and put together my own blogging platform. It was awesome until the power went out and my email server shit the bed. After that I started hosting with third parties.

My first post ever

I thought it would be so cool to write a blog as a series of acrostic poems. Besides being a silly idea, it only lasted for about 10 posts. Anyway, don’t judge—the web was much more kind to bizarre forms of self expression back then. At least I had great vocabulary.

On October 20, 2002 I spent half of my work day hunched over a cheap laminate desk at the leasing office where I worked. With pencil and paper I wrote and revised. 10 lines later I had written this, the inaugural post of my soon-to-be epic blogging career (lol):

> IN > ACROSTIC
> It’s a Blog, but not the norm.
> Nix all that aberrated form!

A Blog should be in perfect prose
Composed of nicely rhyming rows
Relating facts of daily life
Or lessons learned (from time to time).
So enter here and read along,
To pass the time in clever song—
It’s a Blog but not the norm.
Created In Acrostic form.

I mean now that I’ve re-read the thing, it’s really not half bad. It’s actually kind of a cool way to start blogging.

I was boring until 2006

Regardless of my awesome start, I was pretty boring and stupid until 2006. So I’ll just skip everything up to that point.

In late 2006/early 2007 I ran a whole series about pricing out a website design. It was originally published for my freelance company, Bajooter—I know, it’s a horribly stupid name, but in my defense it was intended to get the attention of the old-folks to whom I was marketing ( BTW , it kind of worked, but I sucked at business).

In 2007-2008 I had a total↗hard-on↗ for Drupal, so I also republished The Secret of Great Small Business Websites wherein I admittedly splooge all over my screen espousing my (brief) love-affair with said CMS .

2009 was the year of minimalism. I sold all of my possessions and stripped my blog down to the bare minimum. Then I wrote a bunch of posts about it, generally obsessing about anything that might be considered superfluous, including navigation, plates, and cups.

Lessons learned

I deleted the shit out of my blog in 2010 and then later regretted that decision. A few days ago I found the backup and that’s when I noticed that I had been blogging for almost one tenth of a century.

So what have I learned after all that time? I’ll tell you:

  1. Most of the time I post stupid shit that has no right being published on the interwebs
  2. Only a handful of people are actually good at mixing business and personal on their blogs
  3. I’ve always been really bad at ending blog posts ;-)