Technically this is a few days late, but last Friday a little trophy-shaped notification popped up on my WordPress bar, and when I clicked it I was met with this:
Six years?! It really doesn’t seem like it was that long ago when I first jumped on the WordPress bandwagon. Then again, I’ve been blogging in one form or another since 2003(ish?) so 6 years is really only half of my blog life.
Since I’m me, this little milestone set me on a nostalgic path of reflection, and since I’m me, I’m going to take this opportunity to ramble about my blogs for a bit. (Full disclosure: this ramble is also helping me procrastinate from shoveling yet again, so is purely for my own benefit. Feel free to disregard this post!) 🙂
1. My first-ever blog (circa 2003-2004) was on a U2 fan site, the name of which I now forget. Few of my posts were actually about U2, but they definitely all featured an overuse of emojis and rambles about schoolwork and boys I had crushes on. Be thankful this blog is now lost to the ether of the interwebs.
2. In the summer of 2004 I got my first “real” job working for a newspaper. Us interns got stationed in a weird little not-quite-a-room, not-quite-a-hallway space at the back of the building, which we affectionately called “The Unoffice.” Apparently our superiors weren’t giving us enough work to do because we started a blog called “The Unoffice of Sven” (long story) and chronicled our workplace adventures there regularly for the next few months. This was the first time I blogged for an audience other than myself, and even though I read my posts with a grimace now, it was a major step up in my writing from the U2 blog!
3. I started my next blog in February 2005 as an easier way to chronicle my semester in England; I kept a hand-written journal for the first month but I had too much to say and was suffering too many hand cramps, so typing was the way to go. Most of my study-abroad buddies used xanga so I jumped on that bandwagon. When the semester was over, I chronicled my life back home as a way to keep in touch with those same study-abroad buddies, since my school didn’t have access to facebook yet. And now I have aged myself quite a bit by admitting all this.
4 & 5. During that semester in England I also kept a semi-secret Blogspot blog… for reasons I now don’t remember. Probably as a place to be emo without worrying various family members who followed my xanga. I also had a super top-secret blog that was completely private, so I could fly my emo flag without worrying anyone whatsoever. I was very emo back then.
6. I happily kept my xanga as my main blog for 4 years (2005-2009), writing about all manner of things. With some prodding from a bloggy coworker, I made the switch to WordPress in January 2009 and was happy with the jump… it just seemed like a much more grown-up place to blog than xanga. I blogged here off and on until it all petered out in January 2013; it had been great as a procrastination destination while I was in school, but once I stopped taking classes I didn’t have much to write about. Nobody really read it anyway, apart from a handful of people, and I was too bashful about my writing to publicize it at all.
One, Pushing the Quill, was a required-post-a-day experiment to try to break the writer’s block of a few people, and was pretty fun until it started feeling like too much of a chore.
Another, Cheap Seat Chronicles, is a sports blog that Jeremiah kindly lists me as an author on, despite not having written a post since March 2011 (if you don’t count the draft post about Pedro Martinez I’ve been working on for a month…….) My sad little list of 3 posts can be found here if anyone’s interested in my sports-related rambles.
Two blogs aren’t really blogs at all, but are mini websites used for library school assignments… one is a pretend library’s reader’s advisory site, and another is a preview of an essay I wrote about the Oxford English Dictionary, Wikipedia, and crowdsourcing (Hi! I’m a nerd.) A third blog was also part of an assignment for library school, but is actually a blog. (Are you keeping up? Good. I’m not either.)
The remaining two are my first WordPress blog, and this one. I actually had no idea that I was responsible for so many chunks of the blogosphere… apologies to anyone who’s stumbled across any of my old posts! (Additional apologies to anyone who’s read this post in particular… definitely one written for my own procrastinating benefit! Now I suppose I must go shovel so that I can actually get to work tomorrow…)
Which do you prefer, blogging or keeping a journal by hand?
I love the idea of keeping a physical journal, but I find it tough to make the time… typing is so much faster!
If you’ve been blogging for a while, do you ever look back on old posts and grimace at what you wrote?
Please tell me I’m not the only one!
Which blogging site/host is your favorite and why?