Back then all this was much smaller. There were far fewer bloggers. Maybe thousands. Today there are millions. None of them are thinking about what happens when Tumblr or Blogger or WordPress or Facebook disappear. But come on â€” we almost know for certain that one of them will. Given enough time they will all disappear. Doesn’t it make sense to think, in advance about what will happen then? Technically there are good practices that exist right now, that could ameliorate the problems. Don’t we have a responsibility to implement them?
Which gets me to the beginning. Yesterday I wrote a piece where I said that the web is socialist. I strongly believe if you try to turn a community of bloggers into a property, someday you’ll wake up to the realization that you bought a bag of air. There’s nothing inside the walls that’s worth anything, from a dollar standpoint. What happens then dear blogger? Do you think anyone is going to subsidize the hosting? You will be on your own that day. And you very likely won’t have any recourse, any more than my users had in 2003. I promise you I was well-intentioned, but that didn’t save the sites. Good intentions are no answer. Saying they’re not your users won’t help either. In 2003 they weren’t mine because I was no longer employed by the company. No salary. No upside. Nothing. I quit for a very good reason. So why me? It was basically an accident that the hits were coming to my server. That didn’t matter to the users. Were they right? Hard to say. But it didn’t matter.
Wendy decided to move her site from WordPress.com back to Blogger this weekend. The move went okay but Blogger is having problems importing new blogs right now. You can find her at iamwendycooper.blogspot.com from now on. Her RSS feed remains the same and of course you can find her on Twitter at @wendycooper .
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.
The StarPhoenix has been a part of my life since we moved to Saskatoon in 1984 from Calgary. In fact I think it was a big reason why my mom chose Saskatoon over Moose Jaw. She literally dreaded the idea of not having a big city paper. It was there for me everyday growing up during itâ€™s good times and their bad times (someone in parole say hi to Conrad Black for me) and now Mark grabs my Kindle every night and sits down and reads it before supper. Itâ€™s the starting point of my day at work and once I am done with that, the first site I check out at night is Dave Huttonâ€™s City Hall Notebook once I boot up my computer. Outside of breathing and eating, itâ€™s been the longest running constant in my life.
When I was asked to put a logo and link on my blog back to The StarPhoenix and be a part of their community bloggers, I was thrilled. While I have always rejected logos and link requests like this, itâ€™s my paper, my hometown and my community.
Of course with The StarPhoenix being a print publication, never let me know the community bloggers section was active. So after seeing the referrals in my log files, checking it out, reading their horrible description of my blog, grabbing a screen shot of the blogger graphic, and cropping it, we are good to go. At least they spelled my name correctly, which is more than what CBC has ever been able to manage.
To kick this off, I should reciprocate with a link to their excellent feature, 52 Things to Love About Saskatoon, an ongoing feature about what makes Saskatoon a great place to live. They are only eight weeks into it but I agree with the first seven and am about to check out the Park Cafe this week.