Ever since 2003, I’ve been keeping track of what I felt were the Ten Best Days of a given year. Since I’ve mostly been consistent in terms of daily updates on this blog… I’ve got an easier time than most, when it comes to looking back on the previous year.
I started this daily blog fifteen years ago. And this is the very first photo I posted, in the first blog post I ever made, way back in 2002.
Over the weekend, I realized that the blog crossed a huge threshold! My first ever post on here, made on July 1, 2002, was done over 15 years ago!
For those who are new and visiting, the image is from my visit to Chicago Dizziness and Hearing, back in 2009. I never really did get an official reason as to what was causing those dizzy spells (they subsided on their own). I did get to try out some neat equipment though.
I’m excited by Liz’s new site, and I hope you’ll swing by and drop a line to tell her congratulations. She’s a skilled maker, and there’s just so much on there that she’s documented… it’s really incredible. Worth browsing around, just to see all the things she’s made by hand.
Every year, I look back over the daily blog posts I’ve made… and I try to pick out my favorite. I curate a list of my Ten Best Days for the year, and I add them to my overall tally.
I usually start off by bookmarking anything of interest, and then slowing whittling things down from there. It’s an interesting process, in that there ends up being lots of interesting moments worth remembering… but many don’t quite make the cut, in terms of the top-10 list.
While I was doing some housekeeping this week, I logged into Google Webmasters Tools and got curious about my site indexing. After a bit of digging, I learned that my sitemap was all borked up.
Not exactly sure when it happened, but some time right after our trip to Washington DC, the comments stopped working on the blog. I think it was possibly related to a WP update, mixed with some http/https link issues that stemmed from my use of Cloudflare.
Every year, I create a list of my favorite ten days. In keeping a daily blog, it’s a lot of fun to be able to go back and look over everything – remembering things I forgot, reliving things I really loved.
Doing a bit more digging, I found that in my WordPress theme… there was logic that set the quality of the thumbnails being generated. And they were set at 100. No wonder so many of my thumbnails ended up being bigger than the original!
So I’ve been doing this daily blog thing for a long time now. It’s been twelve years since I first started, and at the end of each year I like to look back over the year and try to identify particular days or moments that stood out to me.
Is this your first visit? Were you looking up something else, and happened across this post? Have you been reading for years? I’d love to know, and would greatly appreciate any details you feel comfortable providing.
I found out last week that the Amazon Associates program has been re-opened for Illinois residents! In 2011, under the state’s Main Street Fairness Act (also known as the “Amazon Tax Law”), a merchant’s physical presence was redefined to include its affiliates. This law was aimed at companies like Amazon, in an attempt to force them to collect state sales tax on items purchased through regional affiliates (effectively making some online sales cheaper than local brick and mortar stores).