Ten years ago today I published my first post on this site. I wasnâ€™t sure if this blogging thing was going to last but since then I have posted more then 11,000 times to the site and the traffic has grown quite a bit. There hasnâ€™t been many changes to the site. It was first powered by Blogger, then Blogger Pro, and then back to plain Blogger again after Google purchased it. After 8000 posts, I moved the site to WordPress.
I started to post here because Andrew Careaga wrote a book called e-vangelism back in the early days of the interweb and he published a newsletter that talked about technology and faith. I never read the book (sorry Andrew) but I did read the newsletter. In it he talked about Blogger and how you could use it to keep a church website updated. That is how I discovered Blogger and the rest has been history. When I started blogging, there was Andrew Jones, Rudy Carrasco and myself blogging about the church and theological issues. Other than them I learned a lot from Doc Searls, AKMA, Jason Kottke, Caterina Fake, Jeneanne Sessum, and Rebecca Blood.
I am not really sure why I keep posting here. There never was a plan behind it. I had no ambitions to be a thought leader, create a movement, make money, or achieve fame. What I wanted was a place to explore ideas, keep track of interesting things and later on, share things with friends. Hopefully I have done that.
I have also made some enemies. One city councillor continues to block me on Twitter and called me an â€œfirst class assholeâ€ over some comments I made last summer, one prominent Christian leader threatened to sue over comments, I think itâ€™s a contributing factor for why my dad and I havenâ€™t talked in eight years and more than one former colleague has questioned my Christianity over my more liberal views. Still the site has brought more joy than angst so itâ€™s all good.
There has been a lot of friends made as well. Too many to list but thanks for the emails, comments, tweets, and time spent together over the last decade. Hopefully there is an interesting link or two in the future. Of course with entire companies moving from the open web to closed Facebook, I am now quite a bit behind the times but thatâ€™s the story of my life.
Not sure what the future brings. I am writing a weekly column now at The StarPhoenix so some of my longer (and better written pieces) will be posted there. Iâ€™ll still be posting links, sports (including my scheme to purchase the L.A. Dodgers) and some photos as well.
Thanks to everyone who reads this rather odd collection of links, rants, and articles. You have been the ones that have made this so much fun.