In the Beginning…

Donnie and I…sometime in 2004

You want to know a secret? It’s not really January 7th, 2004. It’s really August 5th, 2004. I am simply backdating this as an effort to put some sort of introduction to this blog. Some background information – if you will.

I really did start blogging sometime around the beginning of January, 2004. Like all bloggers, I wasn’t sure, in the beginning, what I wanted to be about on my blog. Would I do one entry a day? Like a journal? Or would I write many entries, short and sweet, more like a blog?

Then – would I put up pictures of my family? Would I say what town I lived in? Will anyone ever READ this? Does it matter if I remain anonymous?

Well – after a few months – I had gotten into the writing groove – worked out a little niche. But it looked like crap. I was using Typepad, which is great – but I wanted it to be prettier. I downloaded MT 2.664, bought this domain, and started teaching myself about stylesheets. I was still updating my Typepad site, until I had a decent layout to unveil my new blog.

This is actually my first entry at this domain. I slowly started copy and pasting entries from my other blog. I only brought over about 10-15 of the old entries. I was smart enough to start using MT and working with stylesheets, but too stupid to know how to import entries and comments from another blog. So? I just copied and pasted, and said goodbye to about 80 entries and about 100 comments. I only saved my favorite entries and left them comment-free.

So – here I am wishing I had thought a bit before tossing the old blog, I wish I had saved some of those other entries and comments. But I didn’t. No going back now.

And now look at this site. Skins, and javascripts. PHP and CSS. Perl and HTML. I have learned a lot in the last 8 months. I have done it all myself with MINIMAL help from my husband. He knows a bunch, but I only asked when I was desperate. I know more about the evolution of blogging than I care to admit! My blogging style has grown into an open format with multiple entries a day.

I have found my niche, and I hope you enjoy it.

So – I have decided to officially make this day – Fake January 7th, 2004 – my official blog birthday. That way – I’ll know when to celebrate it next year! I hope you’ll come back and celebrate.

UPDATE FROM 2020! I’m going through and reformatting old blog entries because a lot of the old ones don’t fit into the new format. Also? My two tween/teen children would like to approve any content written about them and so I’m reading old entries and publishing “safe” content and reformatting and deleting and…well…if you’ve stumbled upon this entry it’s because I wanted to put the first one back up even while I worked on the other 14 years of content.

This is going to take forever.