It is no wonder this blog feels like a major part of my life; I started it 7 years ago, before I had any children, before my mum died and before we moved to our family house. Yes my posting has had its ups and downs, but just like diary writing it appears I can’t stop blogging. To help me on topics you want to read it would be great if you would answer my 1 question survey about what you’d like to see here.
However, this was not my first web presence, that goes back another 10 years! I created my first website in 1997 at university from scratch using html code. I kept a record of what I was doing and shared some of my amusing pictures (through static pages not in the form of a blog). I kept a site for 5 years, although it focused on photo sharing in the last few years (no wonder I like self hosting my pictures). Thanks to Wayback Machine I can share my first site; looking good with a guest book, animated email link and a frame; the must have feature at the time!
I created my first blogger site in March 2005 as a way of sharing book reviews. I started my second Blogger one in May that year and appears to be collating my input from other sites about progress towards my goals (I’m guessing mostly 43things a site I haven’t been on in years).
I progressed my book review site to a self hosted Mambo site, I’m guessing at sometime in 2005. I used the CMS features of Mambo, but also included a blog. This site is no longer available, but again thanks to Wayback Machine I can share what it looked like. I’ve progressed from black to a lighter colour scheme and love the poll to get input on my next book to read (on the right of the screenshot). I’m almost tempted to do something similar again ..
I started my Livejournal blog in February 2006, because a lot of my online friends through Bookcrossing were using it. It was great being able to connect to people outside the restrictions of forums.
And in March 2007 I started this blog, a picture of my original design is here and shows my current one isn’t that new anymore. I’d been reading about blogging (through google reader, even that sounds old now) and realised I wanted to have a go at writing in a different style to my informal writing on Livejournal; I also wanted the challenge of writing for an unknown audience. I didn’t know what I was doing, but just jumped in; and seven years later I’m still going.
My online future
I have no plans to go anywhere. Sure I have my concerns about the cloud, but the web is a key part of my life – for learning as well as sharing. I suspect I will keep experimenting and trying new things, because really I’m a geek at heart.
Thanks to bookcrossing I’ve met online friends in real life before, but I’m very excited about going to my first blog events this year (do get in touch if you’d like to sponsor me to go to BritMums Live) and I suspect these will lead to a large increase in my enthusiasm and motivation.
I would really like to write about topics you are interested in, and in formats you like so would appreciate it if you could answer my one question survey, or let me know in the comments. The current favourites are to have more pictures and more discussion / opinion posts covering topics of scrapbooking and collecting memories – do you agree?