Today marks 15th years since I made my first post on this blog, back in 2002. It’s a big, round number, and one that I don’t think I would’ve ever expected this blog to reach.
As I mentioned in my 2016 review post, this year I blogged even less than in previous years. At one point, I did consider whether it was worth keeping the blog going, seeing as how I’ve really struggled to find the time to write for it this year. But I felt that, even though it’s not as fun as it once was, I’d miss it if it were gone. There’d be some issue that I’d want to write about, and it would be frustrating to not have somewhere to do it.
I decided to use a screenshot of how the blog used to look as the main image for this post, although it’s not from January 2002, sadly. The Web Archive goes back to October 2002 – before that, this blog was on a different domain that I don’t think I can even remember now. The screenshot is actually from November 2004, as the stylesheets don’t work from earlier versions. Still, that’s what my blog looked like over 12 years ago, and it was a theme that I’d designed myself. Nowadays, I use other peoples’ themes; partly because I find WordPress themes more difficult to code, but also because I don’t have the time to develop and test them. And my HTML and CSS skills are a bit rusty, and not up-to-date with best practice.
Browsing the web archive to find a screenshot was enlightening, though. I used to blog a lot more – multiple times per day – but many posts were just a couple of sentences. Now, I have a bigger audience on Twitter which is more suited to that style of communication, and I save blog posts for when I need to write a couple of hundred words or more. Linking to the (then) new release of Firefox in British English would’ve been a tweet, rather than a blog post.
I also wrote a lot more about inane things in my life, probably because I didn’t have anyone else to talk to but also because I didn’t need to be so private in those days. Nowadays, I have a wife to talk to, although one of my new year’s resolutions was to keep a daily journal so that I could write about inane things that happen to me. Two weeks in, and I’ve stuck to it.
I’m confident that I’ll still be blogging in a year’s time, provided that President-Elect Trump (urgh) hasn’t destroyed the planet by then. How often I’ll be blogging remains to be seen, but I’ll aim to post more frequently than in 2016 if I can.