Blogging: then and now

I built my first website in February 2003 with a primitive site builder from Godaddy, it was one of the ugliest things ever to grace the internet and I loved it. At the time I didn’t know what I wanted to say or why I needed a website, but I knew I wanted to say something.
Like any intrepid explorer in a foreign land, I peeked covertly at what the locals were up to and tried to blend in. I don’t remember the first time I heard (or more likely read) the word blog, but I do remember wondering why anybody would handicap such a cool way of sharing information with such a silly sounding name. Blog, Blogging, Bloggers! It sounded like something Swedish Chef would cook and I assured everybody who asked that the word came from web log. I was careful to insert the maximum possible pause between the two words, but it still sounded silly, possibly even sillier.

Despite the silliness of the name, experts on the art of blogging abounded and the collective wisdom insisted the first thing a blogger needed was a schedule.

Content? Sure, if you could round some up.

Ideas? Well, if you had to.

But a schedule was the real deal, post three or five times a week and – the experts asserted – the readers would keep coming back. So I blogged and I blogged, and my fiction writing – the very thing I was supposed to be blogging about to build a readership for – fell away. I was busy, who had time for fiction? Blogging was here and now, blogging was the future, and the half a dozen or so people who read my blog seemed to agree, at least, judging by the frequency with which they updated their own blogs.

When I wasn’t blogging about blogging, I tweaked themes and configured what-nots and widgets, and updated the all important blogroll (yeah, that’s right, you heard me). I met some cool people, had some fun and learned a lot of things about blogging and writing and playing with code.

Jumping forward to 2012, there’s still the option to endlessly tinker with themes and widgets, and regularly post meta content, but it looks, at least to me, like blogging has matured, that ugly little word has grown up and become common place, everybody blogs from CEOs to stay at home domestic engineers. The blog is a tool, a place to make a statement or share information and move on, and while some blogs still post on schedule many only offer up new content when the author has something to say, and I for one, think that’s a vast improvement.