Looking back: 5 years of Januarys

January is always a reflective month for me–not only is it a new year, but it’s my birth month and a month of resolutions, and, historically, new directions.
January is also the month, back in 2003, when I got into blogging, discovered RSS, and started playing with social media tools like those then newfangled social networks.
So, a quick trip down memory lane and a glimpse how how the world has changed.
January 2003
I’ve just been laid off from AOL. Living in New Jersey, I moved back east from California with the family and they miss the left coast. And hate Jersey.

  • Blogger is the dominant blog software and I read dave winer and doc and halley every day and decide to start a blog myself. I start a couple. They don’t stick. Yet.
  • Jason Kottke and Meg Hourihan are my heroes. They’re real bloggers and seem so cool.
  • Social networking is this idea no one quite knows what to do with. To check it out, I join Ryze. I am amazed when I actually start to meet and have useful conversations with people–who knew?
  • I take a writing class–maybe I want to be a journalist again? And write this piece about Kevin Sites and Xeni Jardin and CNN–and set off a firestorm.
  • David Winer invites me to the first bloggercon; Kevin Marks is in my session and basically sets up the first ever podcast.

January 2004.
Back in California, running 5ive, a digital media product development and business strategy consultancy with Steven Madoff, my East Coast partner. Blogging away, meeting Mary Hodder and the PubSub folks; totally obsessed with RSS, blog search and social media.

  • Working with Chris Alden, Kevin Burton, Mark Graham on building Rojo–we thought a newsreader that could share info would be sweet
  • Obsessed with RSS–why doesn’t everyone grok this is the future? (Soon, they do)
  • Obsessed with Technorati–the early days.
  • Blogging daily and totally into it; the more my personal life stresses, the more time I spent blogging…this is good for my blogging, tough on everything else.
  • Work on BlogOn with Chris Shipley and Mike Sigal; invite this new blogger named Steve Rubel to come and speak.
  • Meet this geek from the other side of the world who keeps writing about the same things I do and hire him to do work for my consulting company–it’s Richard McManus from read/write web.
  • The bi coastal travelling thing kicks in big time.

January 2005:
Still in California, still consulting. Doing really cool strategic projects with big media companies around using RSS, newsreaders, microformats. etc and working with small cos on social media tools.

  • Obsessed with Technorati, and PubSub. Pluck, Eurekster. Bloglines.
  • Trying out Orkut, friendster and FOAF services.
  • Conferencing and consulting like crazy–this is the start of the on the road year–and my life as a single.
  • Get involved with BlogHer and women in tech stuff.
  • Keen on hyperlocal–and watching Bayosphere, Backfence and Bakersfield.

January 2006
Anna Zornosa recruits me to join Yahoo! as a product developer which I do in January, on my birthday. Deep dive into how online dating and social networks fit together. Total immersion into learning the funnel.

  • Y!P all the time
  • Blogher, blogging
  • LinkedIn, LI groups, checking out MySpace, flickr

January 2007
At Y!P, still blogging, watching podcasters and vlogging, deep in product development, lots of work behind the wall.
And here we are at January 2008–I’m still blogging, still using social networks, still into search structured and unstructured data, media and tools and starting to go back out and engage more with the community (or try to find the time to). More on this yet to be written, eh?

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