Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ten years of words

On this day ten years ago, I wrote my first blog post. It was the start of an exciting decade of making connections and discoveries, exploring ideas and expressing opinions about almost everything. 

A lot has changed in the blogosphere in those ten years. 

Those early years turned out to be the golden age of blogging, at least in my circles. After publishing that first tentative post, I quickly gained a staunch following of readers, whose blogs I staunchly read in return, and we spent far too much time each day writing and reading and commenting and interacting with other bloggers. Good thing I was working at a job where I had next to nothing to do for most of the day.

Over the years, though, blogging changed. People started to blog a little less often, then gradually stopped altogether. The blogosphere, or at least my little corner of it, grew smaller and smaller. Partly, I am convinced, because of the facebookification and twitterization of the internet, partly because of increased responsibilities in the off-line world, blogging fell out of favour among my friends. 

For some reason, I continued blogging, albeit a lot less frequently than the daily posting and comment answering of those glory days. But this site remains important to me and, although this ten year anniversary is very different from how I once imagined it would be (I was sure there would be cake and champagne), to me it is still a significant moment.

To all my blogger friends, those stalwart few who still continue to write and read and comment, I thank you for hanging in there. Your resilience, your stubbornness and refusal to give in to the 142 character universe are heartening to me. To all my former blogger friends, those who have become my dear friends in the real world, as well as those who passed, however briefly, through my field of vision, thank you for your thoughts and words. You have made the past ten years brilliant.

Here's to the next ten.


Dale said...

No, you are! Brilliant, that is. Loved those glory days as well. Happy anniversary.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Any brilliance I may have has rubbed off from you, Dale. My fondest wish is that you resurrect your fabulous blog. (I still miss the Korean bagel lady...)

glassmeow said...

I am one who got facebookified!
Congrats on the first decade! Here's to the second!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks, Kat! I miss your blog, but I am glad we hang out on FB now.
I will be thinking of you this weekend when I see Robyn Hitchcock at the Calgary Folk Festival.

Johnny Yen said...

Happy Blogoversary! I've been posting once in a while again-- nursing school, then insane hours as a nurse took their toll. But damn, I miss it. Glad I don't have to miss your blog!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I am really glad you are keeping your hand in the blogosphere periodically, Brian. Your posts are always so thoughtful and insightful.

Allison said...

It would have been 10 years for me this fall.

Yours was the first blog I ever found and you were my first follower/commenter. I so grateful for all your words over the years, I can't imagine us not being friends now. You'll always be tops in my book!

John Mutford said...

I was a few months behind (my 10th year is coming up December) and I echo your thoughts in this post entirely.

Your humour, your quality writing, and your warmth has long been an inspiration and will continue to be!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I can hardly imagine a time when we weren't friends, either, Allison! You are such an important person in my life. I loved your blog, always so deep and somewhat mysterious.

Happy blogoversary in advance, John! Your blog is always an inspiration to me. Even when you are swamped in real life, you maintain such high quality writing and with such regularity.

Erik Donald France said...

FanTAstic sum-up, Barbara! Here's to the next ten, indeed~!

I know of two bloggers in my semi-circle who've died and one, a feminist blogger in Turkey, who disappeared. Most have gone mostly off to Twitter and FB and such. A hothouse of ADHD postings.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

"A hothouse of ADHD postings": how perfectly true, Erik! And, may I add, rife with grammatical errors, typos and the worst kind of over-sharing. I like how blogging encourages one to choose one's words more carefully.

Sadly, I have also had two bloggers in my circles who have died. But I am grateful for the occasional gem (such as yourself) who finds their way here.