A return to blogging….

Long ago, and far away, I blogged.

Hell, I blogged damn near every day. I shared thoughts, videos, pictures, music, and wrote about anything I cared to write about. Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, I used software called EasyBlogs which was brilliant. You see, this was back before all of these projects existed to create websites using database driven content management systems. PHP and MySQL were around five years old but the idea of hooking these things together to create dynamic websites was in its infancy. When I set up my first blog, there was consternation over whether it was a “weblog,” “web log,” or a “blog.”

An example of an early blog from 2002. At the upper right you can just make out part of a banner ad.

EasyBlogs allowed you to get into this, at the time, new-fangled thing called “blogging” that all the kids were doing. It was standalone software that presented you with an editor offering headings, basic HTML tags, image handling, and the things you might expect of a decent HTML editor in 200x. It took your posts, compiled them together into a coherent website, gave you some themes to customize it, and then exported the whole thing into HTML files that you’d upload to your site using an FTP client.

It even offered the alpha geeks a syndicated feed through the magic of a new technology called Really Simple Syndication, or RSS! Hell, at the time, my blog generated its own RSS feed and I hadn’t the foggiest idea what it was.

Then along came these dynamic websites powered not by HTML but by code. PHP, MySQL, even Perl all found their way into creating websites on the fly. New software appeared that you installed on your server, not on your computer. You managed the software in the browser, you wrote in the browser, you created all your content in the browser, and the server side software churned it into a website. The future had truly arrived. Serendipity, WordPress, and others rose to the forefront of blogging and WordPress powers a great deal of the web today. (Serendipity is still around, and in development. It was my first dynamic blogging software and I still have a soft spot for it.)

It all got so wonderfully complex and complicated.

I do a lot of stuff with tech. I’m sitting here typing away on a MacBook Air sitting next to an old Acer Aspire One netbook running Xubuntu. Behind that is a Mac Mini, over in the corner is a Linux server, my iPhone, the iPad. I’m always looking at something, playing with something, trying something, fiddling, jiggering, and jury-rigging. But you know what I’ve not done in a few years?

It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog post, or had a blog at all. At least, a proper blog with blog type stuff and content. Maybe it’s time to try it again. I did a pretty fair job of it once and people seemed to like it. In an age of Twitter, and Facebook, and content networks, and algorithms — a blog almost seems old school. Then again, in an age of Twitter, Facebook, content networks, and algorithms — maybe a return to to a classic method is worth a shot.

One thing you can count on, the stuff you’ll find here was generated by one guy. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


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