I wrote my first blog post on LiveJournal. Even though I may have migrated from LJ to my own self-hosted site, I’m proud to announce that as of today I’ve been blogging now for 18 years. Half my life! 5,510 posts! Almost enough for a post a day, every day, for that entire span. Well, 306 posts per year. Still more than a post for every weekday for every year for 18 years!. That’s amazing, and kind of scary: my blog can now vote, buy smokes (in some jurisdictions), and register for the draft. It’s all grown up!

And to think that the World Wide Web celebrated its 30th birthday a few days ago. It was only 12 years old when I started blogging. And look at the Web now!

I used to worry that with the rise of various social networks that I’d abandon more long-form blogging in favor of brief status updates. While I certainly have a lot of writing on Twitter (40,100+ tweets as of now), I feel like there’s been a general surge of interest lately in people having their writing on a site that’s under their own control. At some point I’d like to incorporate my Twitter posts into my blog, but for now I’m happy keeping that as its own separate entity; brief observations go on Twitter, while longer thoughts and ideas go here. If it takes more than a tweet or two to articulate, might as well make it a blog post.

I hope I can keep going independently indefinitely.