September 3, 2012

My First Blog

Nina Bargiel of The Slack Daily reposts her first-ever blog post, from 1997. Reading this made me wonder what I said in my first-ever blog post, so I dug into the archives to see.

It turns out that even though itself was created some time around 1997 or so I didn't create my first blog until 2001. When I updated the content on my original site, I just deleted whatever had been there before, so there was no time-based organization to it.

In 2001, I started a blog using the Blogger platform. It was called "Day by Day" and it was my own commentary on the Bible readings from Forward Day by Day. I kept that blog up until 2005. I never intended to quit, I just took a break and never got back to it. The format evolved from simple commentary to drawings with commentary.

You can see the list of archived Day by Day posts here. I don't think the first few are very interesting, but it gets a lot better in April 2002 when I decide to start adding drawings to my posts.

But it's not until May 2004, only a year before I stopped blogging, that I settled into the format that I think of as Day by Day's mainstay: a hand-drawn doodle coupled with a pithy reflection on the day's selected passages.
It's funny how I remember my first blog as years of nearly uninterrupted posts with the format perfect from the start. By looking back, I can see that there was a lot of trial and error, a lot of gaps and false starts.

I'm glad to discover it took me 3 years to develop that blog. It makes me wonder what Free Ideas could become next year or the year after. It makes me hopeful about the future.

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