Blog birthday: 5 years of blogging, tomorrow

As of tomorrow, I will have been blogging here for 5 years.
(WOW)
To be (somewhat) precise, that is 4,548 posts.
And, I think, about 3,000 readers a day (but I tend to ignore these kinds of stats, in truth, because I am going to write here anyway.)
Back in 2003, that first post, the first fellow bloggers I ever linked to were Xeni Jardin and John Parres. I’d recently left AOL and was working on a piece called Kevin Sites and the Blogging Controversy, which addressed the issue that CNN had an *embed* in Iraq with a blog they weren’t supporting, but which was more vibrant than their coverage.
The quote about this from a friend/news exec at CNN at the time was:””CNN is interested in a more structured presentation of the news than blogging offers. We will present online photo galleries, brekaing news stories, video and text as a way to give our audience immediate access to new about the war in Iraq”–and they promptly told Sites to take the site down or stop publishing here (as I recall, CNN may not have know about the site till I mentioned it.)
Nice intro to the power of blogging, eh?
(And in the interests of highlighting synchronicity, my next set of blogging links, the following day, on March 20th, 2003, were to a student blog at UC Berkeley that two grad students were doing on digital copyright. The two students were named Mary Hodder and Eddan Katz, and of course, both of them have gone on to do great things..And Mary has become a valued friend.)
So, it’s been 5 years. 5 years of change on every level. 5 really good years.
Thanks to everyone reading this blog and others I write, the friends, family, colleagues and community that keep it meaningful, and interesting.
And here’s to the next 5!

Latest Comments

  1. Viviane says:

    5 years?!
    I always described you to blogger colleagues as “our first internet champion.”
    Thank you for all your support, both of me and my community.

  2. Jeylan says:

    Happy 5th Birthday for your Blog very interesting Blog.

  3. Richard says:

    Congratulations.
    Five years of blogging beats five years of war.

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