I don’t know exactly when I started blogging, but it was around the time of the oldest post I have saved. In the 1587 days since that time, I’ve made 2000 posts – yes, this one is #2000! I figure that’s a pretty decent milestone, so I wanted to share a few thoughts with you.
I’ve always said that I blog for myself first, and everyone else second. That’s still the case, and it’s the main reason that I don’t have any ads on here (I also don’t think they’d provide much value to my readers). I’m always surprised when I read old posts because they offer a glimpse into how I’ve grown and changed over the years. Sometimes I think to myself, “did I really write that?”
Both my style of writing and the topics I write about have changed quite a bit. Here’s a sample comparison, March 2004 and March 2007:
- 22 of the 37 posts I made in March 2004 had exclamation points in the titles, versus just 1 in March 2007
- In March 2004, I talked about my university assignments, a cute girl at Tokyo Express, trying to get my friends to blog, the Edmonton Oilers, and our “with ease” motto.
- In March 2007, I talked about using podcasting to get your book published, the amount of data created in 2006, the 2007 ETS Community Conference, a simple tip to make Outlook 2007 faster, my ten reasons to love Opera (the browser), and that podcasting is all about communication.
Except for the little exercise above, I don’t think I’ve ever gone back to look at my posts from March 2004. I’ve referred to the ones from March 2007 many times though (as have others). I think it’s safe to say that I’m writing more interesting and useful content now than I used to.
Another really obvious change is that my posts are a lot longer than they used to be. The increase in quality is part of the reason for that, but the biggest reason is probably Twitter. When I started out, microblogging wasn’t even a thought let alone a word. Now it’s an increasingly popular activity, with dozens of sites (such as Tumblr) offering the ability to post short thoughts, links, or images. I used to post things like “Arrived in Calgary” to my blog, now I just use Twitter.
The tools and technologies I use to blog have changed as well. I started out on dasBlog, moved to .Text, then Community Server, and I’m now on WordPress. I’ve used a variety of posting tools, such as w.Blogger and Windows Live Writer (which I use almost exclusively now). I wouldn’t be surprised to find myself using completely different tools in another five years.
The one thing that hasn’t changed is how much I enjoy blogging. I’ve learned so much about myself, met so many great people, and have hopefully been able to help others a little bit, all through my blog. Who knew that such an awful sounding word could turn out to be so great?
Here’s to another 2000 and beyond. Thanks for reading!
12 thoughts on “Two Thousand Posts Later”
I think I started reading your blog when blogosphere started up. I think it’s a good way to keep in touch with people, remotely and I know I do soak up some “tech” news.
Congrats on #2000. I know we’ve talked about it before, but we have both definitely changed our styles. You’re just far more prolific than I am about a lot of things. Well done sir. (can I make mom joke now? haha)
Glad to hear that Shermie 🙂 Thanks Megan!
Nicely done. You’re probably in the 95th percentile of bloggers out there 🙂
I can’t wait until I get that many!
Sometimes your blog makes my work day all that much easier!
congrats dude! your blog is on my quick navigation bar in Firefox!
Thanks everyone 🙂
BTW, have you looked at one of Google reader’s new features? http://googlereader.blogspot.com/2008/03/one-more-step.html
The stats says you post about 4.2 times a week!
Well done Mack. I love to read your posts. I usually get to find out things I hadn’t seen before. It is also nice to see what you are doing and thinking.
Thx Dickson – I did see that. I wonder how far back the data goes, because my average per week is obviously higher than that.
Thanks Dad and Fel 🙂