Neil Turner's Blog

Blogging about technology and randomness since 2002

4 years

At about 6 minutes past 5pm on the 14th January 2002, I wrote this entry. 4 years, 4821 entries, 6689 comments, 757 trackback pings and a whole shedload of spam later and it’s my fourth blogiversary.
Four years is a, to put it bluntly, a bloody long time, and I’m really pleased that I’ve been able to keep it going this long. So many of my projects in the past have come and go – this is one that I’ve managed to stick with and it makes me proud to think it’s still going strong. I have no intentions of giving up now.
Most of all, I’d like to thank all of you who have commented and trackbacked over the years, especially people like Andy, Kim, Ben, Richy and Ciaran who have been commenting here almost from the beginning. It’s the feedback I get, more than anything, that keeps me going, so keep it up and I should still be here in another 4 years time 🙂 .
The blog has also been with me through some interesting times. Back in January 2002 I was a 17-year-old college student. Since then I’ve had my 18th and 21st birthdays, left home, been to university, got a degree and started another one, met Hari and visted lots of new places, met lots of new people and done many new things. I can’t guarantee that my life will stay interesting but at least if it doesn’t I have a good record of when it was.
And the blog itself has changed – back in 2002, there were no comments, trackbacks or RSS feeds, and I was posting using Blogger to some webspace that only had 100MB of monthly bandwidth. Now I use 100MB in about 6 hours, the site is powered by Movable Type, and I’ve graduated from RSS to Atom for all my feeds. I also started the sideblog in November 2003 which has been doing well too, despite a few quiet periods.
I don’t regret starting this blog one bit – through it, I’ve made many new friends and got a lot of enjoyment. Here’s to another 4 years! 🙂
Previous anniversary posts: 2003, 2004 and 2005 (when I nearly forgot).


  1. Hmmm – I wonder how much time I’ve “wasted” reading someones blog who I’ve never actually met (and now that I’m in ohio very unlikely to meet!). I’ve enjoyed the past years reading, learnt a fair bit from you and hopefully managed to pass some knowledge back in your direction too.
    Happy Birthday blog and I’m looking forward to the next 4 (and more) years

  2. Many congratulations!
    Along with the life happenings you’ve documented over the last four years, you forgot to mention all the helpful information you’ve posted as well.
    More than a couple of times, I’ve been able to make my blog better because of something you’ve written… everything from smarter web feed templates to slowing spam to installing MT on OS X with FastCGI!
    So, in addition to “congratulations”, I’d like to say “thanks” as well… here’s to another four years!

  3. Congrats sir! Hopefully I can go 4 years without any technologic Issues. 😛

  4. Congratulations, Neil! I’ve learned so much from reading your blog. I really do appreciate it.

  5. So when’s the birthday party?

  6. Congratulations.
    I *think* that this April will be the 6th year I’ve had my domain name! Wow.

  7. Well done Neil! Now where’s this update you mentioned last week?

  8. Four years? Why you young whippersnapper. 😀