Twenty years of writing on my website

On this day twenty years ago I wrote the first entry in my online journal. In the intervening two decades I’ve written a further 2,817 entries.

I am now fifty years old, which means I’ve been blogging for two fifths of my lifetime.

My website has actually been around for longer than twenty years, but its early incarnations had no blog. That all changed when I relaunched the site on September 30th, 2001.

I wrote at the time:

I’m not quite sure what I will be saying here over the coming days, weeks, months and years.

Honestly I still feel like that.

I think it’s safe to assume an “anything goes” attitude for what I post here. Being a web developer, there’s bound to be lots of geeky, techy stuff but I also want a place where I can rant and rave about life in general.

That’s been pretty true, although I feel that maybe there’s been too much geeky stuff and not enough about everything else in my life.

I’ll try and post fairly regularly but I don’t want to make any promises I can’t keep. Hopefully, I’ll be updating the journal on a daily basis.

I made no promises but I think I’ve done a pretty good job. Many’s the blogger who has let the weeds grow over their websites as they were lured by the siren song of centralised social networks. I’m glad that I’ve managed to avoid that fate. It feels good to look back on twenty years of updates posted on my own domain.

Anyway, let’s see what happens. I hope you’ll like it.

I hope you still like it.

Here are some of my handpicked highlights from the past twenty years of blogging:

  • Hyperdrive, April 20th, 2007

    Last night in San Francisco.

  • Design doing, November 11, 2007

    The opposite of design thinking.

  • Iron Man and me, December 1st, 2008

    The story of how one of my Flickr pictures came to be used in a Hollywood movie.

  • Seams, May 12th, 2014

    There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.

  • Web! What is it good for?, May 28th, 2015

    Not absolutely nothing, but not absolutely everything either.

  • Split, April 10th, 2019

    Materials and tools; client and server; declarative and imperative; inclusion and privilege.

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James

Seeing that Jeremy has been updating his blog for 20 years is a huge inspiration. My online home has moved a number of times over the years. My first blog was around 2003 on a friend’s domain in high school (it’s up on the Wayback Machine !!). My first blog. Wish I kept a screengrab of that Cocoa Gui.My second blog I kept for around 5 years. It mostly chronicled my college life and my year studying abroad in Tokyo in 2007 - 2008. If I recall correctly, my “Moblog” was powered by sending emails from my Japanese-flip phone to Flickr. I miss this old site. I wonder if I have the data anywhere.This blog has been around for a couple of years now. I hope I can continue it for another 20 years (at least).

# Posted by James on Thursday, September 30th, 2021 at 10:14pm

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Previously on this day

5 years ago I wrote Someday

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10 years ago I wrote Ten

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12 years ago I wrote Culchavulching

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12 years ago I wrote Full Frontal

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13 years ago I wrote Reading immaterial

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13 years ago I wrote Automata

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14 years ago I wrote Kung Shui

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15 years ago I wrote Sydney to Melbourne

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15 years ago I wrote Wrapping up Web Directions South

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16 years ago I wrote He comes from a land down under

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18 years ago I wrote WiFi Regained

Remember how I was saying that the wireless reception in my iBook went all screwy a while back? Well, I sent the iBook off to Apple so that they could have a look at it.

19 years ago I wrote Anniversary

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19 years ago I wrote dooce

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19 years ago I wrote JCPenney

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20 years ago I wrote Welcome to my world

This is my first entry in my first online journal.