Neil Turner's Blog

Blogging about technology and randomness since 2002

5 Years of Blogging

5 years ago, I started a blog. It wasn’t particularly good, or even particularly interesting, but it was out there, on the internet.

5 years on, and it’s still here. It’s changed somewhat – the URL, the design, the backend system have all changed – but it’s still my blog and I’m still the one posting it. Had you told me 5 years ago that I’d still be doing this, I’d have been surprised.

I’m not going to do anything big, or announce anything major today – for a start it has come at a really bad time 🙂 . But I just want to take the opportunity to thank everyone for reading this, especially those who have been reading from the early days.

Incidentally, I finally finished my dissertation yesterday, and had it laser printed today, ready to hand in tomorrow. That’s one chapter of my life I’m very glad to have behind me 🙂 .


  1. Many congratulations!
    And good luck!

  2. Congratulations Neil 🙂 You’re an inspiration to us all!

  3. Only 5 years? Congrats – the card and cake are in the mail 😉 (which is ironic considering your active discussion in the window to the left includes “Not best pleased with the Royal Mail”

  4. Nice one! Just keep at it, and you’ll be one of the few that keep re-appearing in my feeds forever.
    So many have just stopped blogging, i need to go hunting for new blogs to subscribe to.
    I’m way inclined to asked, why is it a bad time? But I have a feeling I shouldn’t?

  5. It’s been a treat, it really has!

  6. Grats on your dissertation, and on the blog.
    Good luck with your results.

  7. Hi, this blog is one of the best, keep up the good work, 5 years is alot in the internet.

  8. Congrats Neil. Actually I just realized that my blog recently passed the 5 year mark as well. Though I definitely post less than you 🙂

  9. woo! happy blogiversary :):):)

  10. Congrats, you young whippersnapper! I’ve got you beaten by about six months. 😉

  11. Five years is forever. Congrats! Keep it up.

  12. Five years? Yegads! Congratulations Neil, both for this and for the end of your dissertation and exam. So, what’s next?

  13. Hi,
    This blog has lots of useful content and I was trying to add my tip in one of the posts but could not do so! So I posting it here cause I think it is useful.
    “I have nothing on the start menu apart of:
    Programs has just a shortcut to mozilla firefox. lol I have WinXP and XP users can tweak their start up using the group policy.
    To open the groups policy that contains multiple tweaks click start run and type in gpedit.msc”

  14. Congrats.
    Congrats on keeping all your posts online. I had a hickup about 3 years ago and lost 2 years worth 🙁 Spooky.
    I’m still working at the same place as the day you started, plenty of change but it’s nice to be needed sometimes.
    Do we hear wedding bells yet ??? 😉