Hello, Internet. It’s Everett, and I’m blogging. I’m sort of new at this.
And at the same time, I’m not.
See, it was 2001 when I first became aware of the fact that people on the Web were writing regularly updated, reverse-chronological content about what they had for breakfast. I was a college freshman. I took up my keyboard and started a blog1 that no longer exists, on a service that I didn’t like very much (but is still around today).
After a few months there, I started a LiveJournal that exists to this day, but hasn’t been regularly updated in a number of years. I was once a paid user of LiveJournal, an acknowledged contributor to the project and, simply, a humongous fan.
Something changed in my life, a few years later, around the time I finished college. Perhaps I no longer felt the need to tell the world what I was having for breakfast (of course, today that’s Twitter’s job), or maybe my life got a lot less noteworthy (if it had ever been). Maybe LiveJournal’s multiple changes in ownership tarnished its image. Or maybe all the cool kids moved on to pure social networking services, which were coming of age at that point.
It was probably a combination of these things, plus another big one: I was hired to work in a public-facing role at blogging/social networking/photo sharing/etc. service extraordinaire Multiply.com. To be clear, Multiply didn’t silence me; I made sure I was allowed to continue blogging elsewhere before taking the position. But having a real job, one that had me among other things, blogging, simply wasn’t conducive to after-hours blogging.
With all of this in the past, I think it’s time I start blogging again. Everyone’s cat has a blog, in which they discuss what they ate for breakfast, so why don’t I?
Okay, now I do.
- Though I was at the time unaware of the term “blog,” which was by no means in common use in 2001[↩]