I cannot believe it’s been ten years since I essentially pulled an all-nighter, made an account on Blogger, and wrote my first blog post. At the time, I just wanted a central Internet place to post a story I was working on so my friends could read it at the same time. That was it.
Happy 10th Birthday to the blog!!
-Blogging was pretty popular
-Twitter was brand new
-Oh hey, YouTube! Vlogging? Like a video diary? Huh. Interesting.
-Kindles and other ebooks were also still fairly new
-Publishing was supposed to sink into a hole and die as an industry (I was about two months out of publishing grad school when I started this blog and literally, that’s all we kept hearing in grad school)
-Blogging is not as popular. It’s been replaced by podcasts, Tweeting, Snapchat, more YouTube videos, and yelling at a robot in your house who is collecting all of your information and your conversations so it can kill you in the night
-Twitter and Facebook and the Internet=still shiny and new in places but troublesome and sinister in places as well
-I read plenty on my Kindle (as opposed to my phone, because I hate reading on my phone) but I’m finding that I really prefer to read in hard copy. I remember things better when I read in hard copy.
-Publishing ain’t dead. It’s changed a lot–hello, Kindle Publishing! And Smashwords. And Draft2Digital and other forms of indie and self-publishing–have changed the way books and readers find each other. The publishing industry has either kept abreast or consolidated themselves into a corporate shell. But it’s not dead.
In ten years, this blog has seen:
-At least three name changes
-More than three layout changes
-No attempts at a regular blogging schedule or a niche topic
-At least one aborted attempt to move to WordPress
-One movement of the mailing list
-Several Men I’ve Google Stalked (Okay, what’s more than “several?”)
-Much geekouts over history
-Deepening geekouts over theater
-Four pieces published(!)
-Four million story ideas fizzle out
-Five million plot bunnies crop up
-This is my 862nd blog post
That’s…what? Average 86 a year?
Seriously. It’s amazing there are still topics worth writing posts about sometimes.
Also, as of February 8th, there have been a thousand comments on this blog.
Note: I’m old now and my ability to stay up to 4 am has diminished, so although this is posting at 3:59 am, no, it’s not like I sat here and typed this out right now, okay? In fact, I’m actually writing this more than a week ahead of time. Yay, blog queues!
Thank you for sticking with me for at least some (if not all) of these last ten years here on The Sunflower’s Scribbles.