Tomorrow is my nine year journalversary. I guess I persist in continuing to call it an on-line journal rather than a blog, in my head. I’m old school that way.
I have written THOUSANDS of entries. That’s “thousand” with a capital T. Between my old domain (which I plan to reactivate some day soon), the old Blogger site, and the two “satellite” blogs I had before I landed on WordPress, not to mention Operation::Goddess and World Famous Nosh, I am a wordy, wordy bitch. And ancient, with respect to the world of on-line journaling. Do you remember those days when folks had an on-line journal that they hand-coded, AND a blog that they just tossed blurbs and pimps up on? For that matter, do you remember using Notify List to send an e-mail to your subscribers every time you posted a new entry? These were the days before feed readers and Twitter, people. I mean, does anyone even use CuteFTP anymore?
I am a veritable dinosaur.
Lots of my fellow on-line journalers are gone, now, and that makes me sad. No more First Person Particular, no more Shelleyness, no more Athena of Lexxicon, no more Footnotes. Elle is gone, and Columbine is gone, and Anna of Don’t Try This At Home. But you know what? I’m looking at my VERY old links page, and there are more people on it that are still around, than have gone away. They may have changed locations and even names, but they’re still rockin’ the internet. Weet is still cracking me up, Dana still has her Bobofett-ness, Jen still has her Fu, Jayne still dispenses wisdom from across the pond, Mo’s still reigning over the campus, Rob’s still darn tootin’, Robyn rules her back forty, Carrie’s still moving earth and building sandcastles, Eliza’s still drawing the girl, Sole Prop’s as lovely as ever, Jessamyn is still incomparable. I’ve read them all for years and years. They’re still out there, and that makes me happy.
John Scalzi’s Whatever remains the constant in my life – which is good, since he’s the one that got me started on on-line journals in the first place. A search of the internet waaaaay back in 1999 for “books on-line” revealed his Agent to the Stars (read it, it’s awesome), from which I found his journal, from which he linked to Shelley (Shelleyness), who linked to Viv (First Person Particular), with whom I became fast friends (and learned her real name, which is why I started with a nom-de-net, too), who got me started on my own on-line journal (and fixed my html. a lot.)
What a long, strange trip it’s been.
So. In celebration of this auspicious day, I’m choosing one entry from each year that my journal has existed, and one photo that summarizes that year (not necessarily related to the entry). A difficult task, I assure you – and the ever-changing site design keeps cracking me up. Some of these are posted on the Best Of page, but many are just simple examples of the day-to-day mindset I was in at the time. I think that within these entries you can see how I’ve grown as a writer, progressed as a person, shared the mayhem of my life, and beat you all senseless, my beloved readers, with all the words, words, words.
I love you guys. Thanks for sticking around.
November 6, 2000 – Comfort Food, Bugs, and Thou.
The very first picture of myself I ever put on the website. My God, you guys, THE PERM.
April 30, 2001 – Learning the Difference
Calvin and Michael drooling over the new motorcycle. Wow, we still had the Suburban back then.
February 27, 2002 – Life is lived in moments.
Heather took this picture of me and Calvin at a company Christmas party. Notice the hair is getting better (thank God).
April 4, 2003 – Laundry
Calvin with infant Robert. Man, we had a crappy digital camera back then.
October 18, 2004 – Now With 30% More Tolerance!
Christmas with Heather and Gina. The pajamas were mandatory.
January 4, 2005 – A-B-C-D… Yellow
Me and Marie in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.
October 11, 2006 – Typical Conversation
Baby butts in the back yard. Good grief, I miss those boys.
November 7, 2007 – Yet Another Day in the Life
In Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Home, in more ways than one.
July 24, 2008 – What are YOU doing for the next hour?
Camping at Big Lake. Writing in my journal. I just can't quit you, journal.
February 5, 2009 – Lollygagging
Still in love.