It's a happy birthday to my blog, which I started on February 4th, 2003. The first entry read:
Welcome to my blog. Since everyone else appears to have one, I thought it was about time that I did as well. You'll find a bunch of different stuff here - some of it will be personal information (but not *that* personal), some of it will be useful information that I've found but not yet incorporated into an article, and some of it will just be my musings (aka rants) about various things. I hope you find it to be of interest!
Clearly not quite everyone did have a blog, since I'm asked quite frequently to explain on courses to this day exactly what a weblog is. I was also very unaware of just how important the blog was going to be to the way in which I do my job - it really has become THE tool that I use to keep myself up to date and informed, not to say everyone else who reads it. I moved the blog across to Typepad (where you're reading this entry) in July 2006, and since then I've written over 2,350 posts, with 2,794 comments. Once I add in the other blog on social media tools I have had over 1,400,000 direct views, not taking into account views from other blog reading software. An amazing number - thanks to everyone for contributing to that figure!
I looked back at my first month of blogging, and much of what I read gave me a very wry smile. Here's a few extracts:
RIP Northern Light (Anyone remember Northern Light? Anyone?)
Yahoo! is apparently changing its layout in an attempt to get more advertising on the page. The idea is to put more adverts down the side of the screen ala Google. Of course, this isn't going to help the actual searcher, but hey - they want to make money! If ever there was a prophetic comment, it has to be that, surely?
Altavista continues to try and revamp itself by creating the largest multimedia database. Altavista has only recently finally been killed off by Yahoo - it was a real stayer.
We're starting to see the backlash against Google taking place.. there's a VERY long thread of articles at WebMaster World about how it's not doing its job very well. I just laughed and laughed when I read that. The more things change, the more they stay the same!