I’m pleased to announce that today is the tenth anniversary of this blog. I vaguely remember the evening the winter break of my sophomore year of high school when I was bored enough to start a blog – isn’t that how all personal blogs have started, anyway? I accumulated a sizeable amount of writings over the past ten years that have been festering silently on my webspace. In commemoration of this milestone, I spent many hours this year sifting through all of the writings to tag and categorize each post. It enabled me to organize the blog and provided me with hours of introspection as I was reminded of my high school and college years.
The internet was almost unrecognizably different ten years ago:
- My website was hosted on Geocities accounts. Actually, it was hosted on two Geocities accounts, because each account had a 2 MB storage limit.
- My operating system was Mac OS9.
- I used Netscape as my browser. Firefox didn’t exist.
- I had a Yahoo! e-mail account. I checked it using Eudora!
- People used AIM and ICQ for chatting.
- Blog posts did not have titles.
- Blog posts did not have commenting systems.
- There were no tag clouds, no categories.
- There were no news feeds. I visited my friends’ blogs by manually visiting each website every day.
- Needless to say, there were no Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. The blog, back in the day, catered to all those needs.
As the Internet landscape changed, so did blogging and its place in the world. When I first started my blog in 2000, its purpose was to keep my friends updated with what I was doing every day in my life. The only people who read it were my closest friends and my parents and I was quite detailed with it. As my audience grew, web trends emerged, and I learned to filter my thoughts, the entries began to have more content. For instance, a lot of my old entries were one-liners, which I would today put in a Twitter feed. What is left behind are now the more distilled thoughts put in writing.
Blogs have become too rigid, in my opinion. Most blog entries resemble newspaper or magazine articles, and they almost always have at least one large image accompanying them; God forbid we post writing without a picture lest nobody will want to read it. It’s become so formulaic! Anything I post is now broadcast to upwards of 900 people on my Facebook feed, and 200 people on my Twitter feed. That puts a barrier on the amount of “garbage” I can post on my blog just because I feel like it.
The Internet and computer technology weren’t the only things that went through large changes in the past ten years. Obviously I changed, too:
- I was fifteen years old when I started the blog, which is pretty obvious from the difference in maturity levels.
- I had pretty crappy taste in music. I was passionate about music, but my tastes were misdirected. I’m so glad I majored in music in college.
- It took a lot of self-discovery and time to find friends I liked, and figured out my place in social situations and relationships.
I was also surprised to see that some things haven’t changed at all:
- While I’ve been able to handle the increasing workloads through high school and college, my sense of time management has always been faulty. Faulty but sufficient for the tasks at hand. It just means I get everything done, but with less sleep.
- I’ve had amazing consistency through my activities, passions, and goals. I had always wanted to pursue the sciences and music at the same time. I ended up majoring in both in college and I still do my best to be functional in both.
- Same as back then, I still get caught up in the Internet and have difficulty managing the amount of time I spend at the computer.
- I used to love matching my outfits and wearing a different outfit each time long before Matchingfreak was born.
- Choir was and will always be one of my favorite things, ever.
- Apparently I’ve always been crazy about food. And pigeons.
Here’s to another ten years of blogging.