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Blog Anniversary

Today is May 14, 2015.

On May 14, 2007, I posted my very first post on this blog. In the archive, you can see even earlier posts, but they were moved from another blog, so I’m counting that one as the very first one.

So yeah. It’s been eight years. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?

A lot had changed in the blogosphere (whoa, spellcheck thinks “blogosphere” a legitimate word? cool!) in those eight years. Back then, blogs are the thing. There are so many discussions and attempts at writing a blog to generate traffic, advertise for affiliates, make money at home, and build passive income streams. Whether the ultimate goal is to monetize, or just to share thoughts with the world, the blogosphere is definitely a-buzzing.

I don’t know if there are more or fewer blogs these days, but the focus had definitely moved on to social media a lot more. With Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and all these other sites, people are increasingly building their networks there, and less focused on driving traffic to their blogs using reddit, StumbleUpon, and Delicious. I used to visit people on their blogs, and they visited back. That doesn’t happen so much anymore.

A lot of these people have stopped blogging altogether. As for me, even though I am still posting, I can go months without posting sometimes. I guess we all go through phases.

But I’m glad to say that many of these people I still keep in touch with, except now all the interactions are on Facebook.

I still post from time to time, and in a way, this is actually going back to what it was before. A lot of this grew from my sister giving me a paper planner she didn’t want. Since I wasn’t the type of person that plans their day down to the hour, I often only used the first line in the box for each day. I thought, why not use it as a journal instead? I did that for a few weeks, writing down thoughts and events that happened on that day. And I thought, it would be much faster to just type, so I got a Xanga. (Remember those? Some people even created empty blogs, just so they could friend their friends’ blogs. This is before Facebook, and Friendster. Remember Friendster? Oh, and MySpace?) After WordPress became a thing, I decided to create a WordPress blogs and moved all the puppetry related posts over. That’s how this site was born.

In some ways, this is like going back to those days. I didn’t have a schedule. I wasn’t always posting about puppets. I had thoughts that I wanted to share from time to time, and I wrote it down. Half for my readers, half for myself to go back and reminisce. So why not?

So here we are. I am still going to post, even if no one other than my future self is reading the blog. Still though, knowing that there are friends that stop by from time to time definitely makes it more fun, and provides motivation to write more. So, for the two of you that’s reading this, namely, Sara and Chris, let me say that I appreciate you guys visiting. Thank you for your support. :-)


  1. Naomi
    May 18th, 2015 | 11:56 pm

    That’s a long time. Means you and I must have crossed paths somewhere around your first or second year of blogging? Or mine since you and I started roughly around the same time.

    I think people do still blog (or is it Tumblr? 😉 ) it just gets harder to be noticed because everyone has one. Or maybe we’re all getting cynical because we all try to monetise them. Personally, I stopped writing mostly because I never really like doing it anyway. Like you, my site was originally just a place to put some thoughts, I never thought anybody would actually read it.

    I remember Xanga too! I hated those things, they always looked terrible. Ah, the days of Web 2.0. Have we moved past that or do they still use that term?

    By the way, it might be a chicken-egg thing but I’d turn up more if you posted more :)
    Every time I think to check in there’s nothing new… except for these last two posts.

  2. Naomi
    May 18th, 2015 | 11:58 pm

    PS. I think there’s something wrong with your RSS. I keep trying to subscribe to each post’s comments and it turns up nothing. Used to work for me.

  3. May 19th, 2015 | 1:17 am

    I had been keeping a Xanga for a few years prior to that, which is sort of a journal where I just have a laundry list of what I did that day (sometimes actual laundry). As far as the puppetry blog goes, I believe I’ve been reading your blog (Puppets In Melbourne) close to the very beginning of my own blogging. At the time I found Andrew’s PuppetVision blog. And then I followed links from it. I found your blog. I found Amy Harder’s PuppetryLab blog. I found Swazzle’s blog. I found Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog.

    Xanga actually had a campaign (on Kickstarter or something) to migrate the whole thing to WordPress. But it seemed like not many people were interested. So they just closed everything down. If you had an account, you could still log in and download your archive. That was about it.

    It’s definitely a little bit of chicken and egg. I guess, in the end, it’s something I enjoy doing but isn’t something that’s my highest priority to have a schedule of.
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  4. May 19th, 2015 | 1:19 am

    The comment RSS thing sounds a little odd. I’ll take a look sometime… (never?)
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  5. Naomi
    May 20th, 2015 | 12:27 am

    I think we probably did the same thing. I remember finding Andrew’s blog early on, and must have just spent a lot of time clicking through his blogroll (even ‘blogroll’ seems ancient now).

    Glad you enjoy blogging. I think after a while I got sick of it. But then yours remains more of a hobby thing whereas I tried to make it into a money-thing. I’ve discovered anytime I try to combine enjoyment and work it backfires 😉 Next blog I’m having, it’s on Blogger and I’m not caring who, if anyone, visits it.

    As for the RSS thing, don’t worry about it. I mostly used it to keep track of when you post new replies to me. I can manage manually checking things.

  6. May 20th, 2015 | 12:58 am

    Blogroll is indeed quite ancient. Most of the stuff in my current blogroll (which was last updated who knows when) are currently no longer updated, yours included. Maybe I’ll clean it up sometime.

    You were putting so much work into your blog! Those were some long and comprehensive articles. And you posted so often too! I can’t possibly get sick of blogging if I only do it once every blue moon. 😀
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  7. May 21st, 2015 | 1:03 pm

    Congratulations on your eight year anniversary! I loved how you kind of summarized all the changes from blogging to the newer aspects of social media…well, at least they are newer to me.

    I have to admit, I’ve grown a bit weary of the actual maintaining of my blog, but not weary of the visiting part. I feel like blogging has given me such a diverse group of people to communicate with. Sometimes this diversity is difficult to find in the “real world.” Of course, a lot depends on where you live:~)

    I do remember the time when blogging had its own form of etiquette. If someone visited your site, you were expected to return the visit, unless it was a spammer. This doesn’t happen very often anymore, but everything has to change. Pretty soon, we won’t have blogs, we’ll share our deepest secrets in real time. Now, to me, that’s a really scary thought! There have many times when I’ve written a post and sat on it for a day only to say “Nah…this is really NOT what I want to say.” This doesn’t happen in real time, which is why people get in trouble on Twitter. They say, “It was just a spur of moment reaction!” But it went out to who knows how many people. I was shocked to read that, according to the Wall Street Journal, there are 974 million existing Twitter accounts!

    Enough of my rant. As long I can, whenever you write, I will visit. I learned a lot about puppetry and staging puppet acts from you and enjoyed every word. Plus, you have the most wonderfully wicked sense of humor:~)
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  8. May 21st, 2015 | 2:42 pm

    I compare it to college a little bit. In your freshman year, everybody’s like “hey! Nice to meet you! My name is…” and then you become instant friends. As you get closer and closer to senior year, most people don’t do that anymore. I am thinking that there’s some similarity to that. “Oh, you are on MySpace? I’m on MySpace too!” “Oh, you keep a WordPress blog? Me too!” and later “You are on Twitter? Let’s follow each other!”

    And then after a while you stopped branching out so much. Lots of people graduated to something else.

    Because it’s blog anniversary, I was just flipping through the pages glancing at some of the old posts. And I thought, wow, I would never write some of the stuff I wrote then now. I would never know that if I had never written those things down!

    Thanks for still swinging by, Sara!
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  9. Naomi
    May 30th, 2015 | 11:59 pm

    That’s the problem with websites, they go too quickly out of date. I looked back at a lot of my links a while ago and found so many of them came up with 404s or expired domains. It’s tough to keep up with.

    I put too much work into my site. That’s why I said if I have another blog it’ll be very very basic and I won’t care if anyone will read it. The good news is that now I’ve put aside the website stuff I’m finally getting back to what I wanted to do in the first place, which is to make things. I do agree if you post every once in a while it makes things easier, which is why I stopped doing it. But you should post a little more often 😉

    Oddly enough, this past 2 weeks I’ve been getting rid of some puppetry books that I don’t use and don’t want anymore. Every single person I met (they were given to local people) who took them asked me if I was that person who had the PIM website. Complete strangers I’d never heard of or met before know the darn thing. So there’s some use for PR purposes to keep up a high blogging schedule 😉

    Speaking of not branching out anymore… I think part of it is to do with the fact that there’s just SO much stuff out there. There’s twitter and facebook and blogs and other networks, and TV and and and… I think we just become overwhelmed that at a certain point it makes sense to cull or at least only pay attention to some of what you’re subscribed to.

  10. June 1st, 2015 | 1:21 am

    Fine, fine. I’ll post something now. 😀
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  11. Naomi
    June 4th, 2015 | 12:28 am

    :) Lol

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