I’ve been “blogging” for 9 years. I put “blogging” in quotes, because when I started doing it we didn’t know what to call it, at the time Yahoo was in ascendency and we thought “microportals” was the term that would stick. It’d be a while before Jorn Barger called it a “web log” and Peter Merholz would short that to “we blog”, thus to “blog”.
And I’ve had a presence on the web in one form or another for quite a bit longer than that.
Over the years, my weblog got away from me. I wrote my own software to run it, and at some point decided that it’d be cool if my friends could add to it, and it became less an expression of me, more “just my favorite web site”.
So I got a new domain name (actually, a friend bought it for me because he wanted to see me go back to a more personal web site), and I’ve been trying to journal and keep track of my life over there.
I used to be a total mailing list junkie. Back in the early ‘80s I discovered BBSs, and I’ve been addicted to forums, then “echoes”, then newsgroups, then mailing lists, and then the weblogs came along and that became my medium for discussion and expression.
However, recently I’ve started trolling the woodworking communities, and I’m starting to get back into discussion forums (amazing how we come in circles…). But as I’m writing more and more for these other places, I’m thinking about how my “blog” came into being in the first place, how it was a chance for me to archive critical bits of my life, observations made to mailing lists, things like that, all in one place.
And now I’m doing it again in a whole bunch of different places.
All of this is a way of saying that I like the concept of LumberJocks, but I’m not yet sure how I’m going to make participation here work, because it’s like slicing off a little bit of my identity and putting that over here, while other little slivers end up somewhere else.
It’s going to be a struggle to reconcile all of that.
-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke