March 20th, 2009

My Blogging History - How I started blogging

I didn’t really decide one fine day to start a blog.

I created my first personal website in 1999. I was looking for a job in web design then so it was a requisite to have your own website. The site showcased my design work, contained a little introduction about myself and included my resume.

When I got a job, the function of the website slowly evolved to that of an online diary (now called “blogging”), with a few of my pictures thrown in for no reason whatsoever (the early seeds of  “camwhoring”).

I didn’t update the site regularly because if I had something to say to the world, I had to stop and think whether it justified the 50-minute process involved in publishing a file to the Internet.

For the uninitiated, in the pre-push-button-publishing era, updating a page involved editing HTML codes in a local application, saving the file and then FTPing the updated file to the server via a SLOW DIAL UP CONNECTION. The annoying part was, only after doing all that do you notice you had coded/formatted/written a paragraph wrongly. So you had to repeat the whole process all over again. Uploading photos? Before doing all the steps above, you had to go through the trouble of developing AND scanning photos (remember, those were the days of film camera). Phew!

Online publishing today is much simpler. It involves merely clicking the button called “publish” or “post” in your blog publishing application. I started using Blogger in 2005 and then WordPress in 2008.

How long have you been blogging?

Blogging on an old computer

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What a great little history. I knew you were one of those designer types! I agree that Wordpress and platforms like it are much faster than creating an HTML page. I used to create those much like the way you describe on Geocities back in 1996.
Damien Riley  at 1:30 am on March 21, 2009
In the distant 1999, I was among the few teenagers in my small home town (in Russia) who had a wispy clue about the cyberspace existence and its possibilites (I was fifteen back then, and mostly was interested in dating sites). :) Nine years later, that is, in jan 2008, I decided I want to write and created my blog as a starting point. P.S. I love your history! P.P.S. As to the vegetarian restaurants in Amsterdam, I'll get back to you with a few suggestions shortly.
anya  at 4:17 am on March 24, 2009
I have been blogging for 2.5 years now (ish) and thank god for push button publishing, otherwise I would of been blogging for -2.5 years :)
Claire  at 7:17 pm on March 24, 2009
@Damien: 1996 is the year I bought my own computer! It cost about $5000 then!
@Anya: Kids nowadays start really young don't they. I was a bit shocked to find my 8 year old cousin's MySpace account last year! BTW, thanks in advance!
@Claire: -2.5 years? LOL
Ginger M  at 4:39 am on March 26, 2009
While it's not technically blogging, I did start sending out a sort of mass e-mail to a group of friends I called "Freethinkers Anonymous" back in 1995, and one of them created a web site and started archiving them. I've been doing it ever since, taking an occasional week off here and there, but probably averaging around forty mini-essays per year. My more formal blog, started in 2007, began because a friend asked me to help out a start-up internet company some friends of hers were creating. They needed a book/writing/publishing/librarian blogger. Sometimes all this writing really feels like work, but I keep hoping it'll lead to something.
Christopher Waldrop  at 4:15 pm on April 14, 2009

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