Happy Birthday, Blog: A Decade of Daily Blog Entries
A funny thing happened about a week ago: my blog turned 10 years old. It kind of happened without me realizing it, and when I started to add up the time… I realized I’ve made a decade worth of daily blog entries.
When I first started blogging, I had a particular goal in mind: post something, every single day. I started things up in 2002, and even back then… the web was filled blogs that never updated. I found this kind of an annoying thing, and decided to make a pact with anyone who visited my site: you swing by, I’ll make sure to have something new every day.
In that time, I’d like to think I’ve been mostly successful. In recent years, I’ve cheated a bit where I’ll do a re-cap on Sunday night or Monday morning, regarding the weekend. And despite a few periods where I didn’t update regularly (due to moving, vacation, or my honeymoon)… I’d like to think I’ve been pretty faithful to that original goal of daily posts.
So here were are, ten years later. Kind of crazy, to look back now over everything I’ve documented up here. The finally tally, as of today is: 7,526 blog posts and 2,710 comments. I was rolling my own blog setup for the first five years, switched to Movable Type in 2007, then made the move to WordPress last September. I can’t believe it took me that long to jump over to WP, as it’s been delightful ever since.
Check this out – this is the first photo I posted, from my very first blog post, way back in July of 2002.
And here’s a photo I took from the same spot (the Damen Blue Line stop), in 2012. It’s not quite exact, but I tried to stand as close as I could to the original. Interesting to see how the trees have changed, over all this time. FYI yes, Penny’s is still in the same spot.
I thought, briefly, about trying to do some kind of ten year summary… but after several failed attempts, it just feels way too big a thing to attempt. I’ve already got a section of the site where I look back over each year, and list out my Ten Best Days (from 2002 – 2011). And the idea of picking out my favorite ten days from the last ten years was simply too daunting.
I then had the idea of trying to create a litany of smaller/interesting events, like the time I met Mr. T, or was the 561st person to get Chuck Palahniuk’s autograph, or how I got a glimpse behind the scenes, at a bowling alley. Twice, actually.
There’s the time I saw Mario Wallenda cross the Chicago River, as well as the time I saw Queensrÿche in concert (one of my favorite bands when I was in high school), while wearing an autographed jean jacket. And there’s the time I came really close to spending 30 days inside the Museum of Science and Industry.
I’ve been to the top of the Merchandise Mart, and have seen a man tucked halfway into the sidewalk. I’ve been fortunate enough to receive $1,000 from some very generous strangers, and have also found the luckiest penny ever.
I could go on and on. There are so many wonderfully small days on here… I could spend the better part of a day, and still not feel like I had a good list to share.
So instead, a request: if you’re reading this page, I’m asking you to leave a comment. I’m really curious to hear from folks who are readers. How did you find out about this blog? First time visiting, or have you been swinging by for some time now?
If you’re someone who stops by with regularity… is there one particular post that’s stuck with you?
To everyone reading this, new and old readers alike: thanks for visiting. I mean this, sincerely.
Time is one of the most valuable currencies we have, and a close second is attention. With the increasing ways in which people can choose to spend their coin online… I appreciate you spending a little of that here, with me.
Should be interesting to see what the next ten years will bring.