Around the turn of the century, I registered this domain. I had no
specific plan. I secured hosting through the generosity of a company who
I later failed to pay. I wish with all my heart that I could remember
who this man was, so that I could give him my first born. I started a
simple blog, which at the time was called a weblog. It was no feat of
ingenuity, but it was certainly before Facebook or Tumblr - in fact,
impending popularization of sites like LiveJournal were a common source
of contention, as I bemoaned the death of true web authoring due to the
low bar of entry that these amazing services provided. But I digress -
I immediately started a site called "Disclosed Information," which
basically follows the model that Gawker et al now use, where I wrote
brief editorial commentary on things that I found interesting, and
provided links and area for comments. I expanded and took on several
other editors. I peaked at around 50k uniques a day. That's some serious
shit in 2000. I didn't have marketing or SEO. I ran a cute stupid site
with some friends. It was fun. I sold 2 branded coffee cups.
That died off quickly, though, as the upkeep was unbearable. I didn't
want to make a living there - it was just an experiment. I didn't have
the business acumen to pull it off anyway. And really, I was just
copping off the slashdot feel while adding some non-geek social
I took the main site down, and converted it to a proper personal weblog.
This was far more gratifying!
I had endless summer nights of fun sitting around with a pirated copy of
Photoshop making site wireframes, then implementing them as CSS2 sites.
I toyed with open-source blog software, which was truly in its infancy at the time.
There was no Wordpress. For a long time, I actually used b2, which was a
quiet predecessor from the original Wordpress author (if memory serves
I longed to turn this into a profession, so I started writing my own
blog software. I had some good ideas, and actually used it with great
success for the following few years. The project is probably in some
sourceforge graveyard still.
I used the blog as an outlet to express my other hobbies. I took up
photography and making music, wrote book and movie reviews, documented
how I learned to play Go. I wrote about my personal life and opinions. I
wrote fiction without editing. I was utterly earnest and true, caring
nothing for my audience. This was my writing, and you're not paying, and
I don't need you, so let's do this.
In 2008, I fell silent. That makes sense - who the fuck created a blog
after 2008? Only people selling something. But that just coincided with
where I was in life at the time.. I was getting a little older, getting
married, getting serious about my career. I think I made a Facebook
Looking back on the archives I have of those days, I truly and deeply
miss that expression. I'm grateful to have records of it, and hints on
the things that inspired it. Reading my archives reminds me that I can
do things. I expected to be ashamed, or at least a
little embarrased, but I'm fucking proud. I want that back. So here I
go. No promises, no regrets.