Ten years ago today I started my public-facing blog with the following wide-eyed post:
Wow, am I loving this blog software or what? It’s truly amazing what a great program this is, and what a tremendous amount of effort it has been to put together a killer blogging app. More to come as I tweak this damn thing.
That software was Blogsphere by Mr. Declan Lynch. It’s how I first got to meet Dec and become friends. That software also gave me a way to join a community of writers, friends and other technologists. In 2006, it helped me get paid for my writing with a gig that would last three years at Intranet Journal. It got me press credentials, blogger credentials, and it blazed a trail to do things I may never have otherwise.
My first daughter was nearly two back then and my second daughter was almost here. There was no iPhone or iPad or Android, and Blackberry was the only game in town. Mozilla was at version 1.5, and Chrome didn’t exist. I was planning a Domino 5.0.12 migration to Domino 6.5. I ended up migrating to Exchange. Ephedrine was still legal over the counter, Napster was a big deal, and HDTV didn’t really exist. I was a programmer, then an admin, and now I don the pointy hair. Things really have come a long way.
I’ve written over 1000 posts and interacted with over 2000 comments in those ten years. And even though my output has diminished over the years, I still love this medium. And despite the continual “Notes is Dead” proclamations and “Blogging is Dead” idiocy that we’ve had to endure over the years, I’m still working with IBM Notes and still blogging away.
This blog really has been a springboard for so many things. I’m grateful for that and grateful for every reader who has ever interacted here on Greyhawk’s Meanderings. This has been a big part of my online world, my online brand, and such an outlet for my writing. I would have done it if no one was reading, but I’m thankful that you did.
Ten years is a long time to do anything in this world, so I’m happy to have kept it going for so long. Here’s to doing it another ten. Thanks for coming along for the ride.
In order to get back into the rhythm of blogging, you have to actually sit down and write. That’s true of any writer, you just have to sometimes force yourself to put words to the page. I used to have the urge to write all the time, and that’s largely been satiated with various social media outlets, but I miss blogging.
So I refreshed the blog template with a new Parallax theme from Themify.me that I like quite a bit. It’s got some great ways to share photos, so that’s rekindled the desire to get out and focus on my photography a bit more too. Both of these are good for my creative outlets, and I need to be more creative. Lately the pointy hair of the day job has focused on long term goals and politics more than the joy I get from technology. It’s not all a bad thing, just an evolution. I just need to make sure that I don’t lose that joy, whether it be technology, writing or photography.
Out in the Man Cave tonight I put some old memories up on the wall. My old baseball jersey from the town I grew up in, the T-shirt I designed for our college radio station, and some awesome shirts from the LDC including the Lotus “Back in Blue” shirt. It’s really rekindled a lot of memories and stirred the muse. Some punk music on the Sonos and a cigar at my side and things feel right.
So as I’ve done on several occasions over the last decade, I’m declaring that I’m back folks. Let’s see if these are hollow words or if I follow through
Nine years ago today I officially started my public-facing blog. I had done some personal blogging just for me before that (starting about a year prior) but it was Sept. 24th 2003 when I first said hello to the Lotus Notes and Domino blogosphere.
Blogging has been very good to me over the years. It’s been a creative outlet, a stress reliever, a matter of record, a gateway to paid writing gigs and a conduit to meet some people I’m very happy to call close friends. Starting to write and put it all out there is really one of the best decisions I’ve every made.
This year has probably seen my least productive output ever here on the blog. Obviously Facebook and Twitter have really kind of taken over the majority of my output, but this site won’t go away any time soon. I still need a place to go on my longer rants, I just need to find the time to write them.
For all of you that still subscribe to my RSS feed, find your way here via PlanetLotus.org, or just keep coming back to see if I’ve posted anything, thank you. I really appreciate it, and thanks for being a part of this for nearly a decade. I’ve always done this for me but it’s nice to have you along for the ride.