Ten Years of Blogging

Today marks not only the first day of 2011, but also the tenth anniversary of me blogging. Yes, ten years ago, using blogger, I posted the following gems:

Welcome to the world that is my mind. This trip should not last too long 🙂

Finally, I’ve got around to getting a weblog (ie. “blog”) together. Before I get into things, I’ll just lay down the rules for myself and for you, “Joe Public”. The purpose of this site is to provide an outlet for my thoughts and a location that family and friends can come and find out the latest “going-ons” in the lives of the Kekoc family.

This initial “blog” will be a short one, as I am not all too sure of whether it will work and would rather not waste too much time if it doesn’t. If it does work I “intend” to make regular updates of the blog and hope it will prove to be a useful point of reference for family and friends.

With all that said, here goes – TIME TO PUBLISH !

soon followed by

It Worked !!

Well, until I get some time to change the look of the page, the generic page will have to do.

First of all, well its not first really as this is technically the second post, but it is the first post that I’m doing with the knowledge that it will work…anyhow, I’d like to say Happy New Year to Everyone, especially my new son Michael, his beautiful sister and MY Precious daughter Tatiana, and my beautiful and loving wife Michele. I love you all.

and then later that night

Okay, so I should be in bed and trying to get some sleep before I go back to work after ten days off. Instead I’m online finding delightful sites such as
U2log.com – it’s a beautiful blog

So… nothing really worthy of comment, but nonetheless, it marked the first day of my blogging experience.

Here’s hoping I’m a little more dedicated to my blog in 2011 than I have been in recent years.

Blogging Like it’s 2004

While doing my usual scan of Hot Links, I stumbled upon a link to a recent meme “Blogging like 2004” which had bloggers looking back at their archive and their blogging style back then. This got me curious and digging around my archive to see what I was up to 6 years ago. Basically, I was:

  • celebrating 3 years of blogging, and 1 year of owning my own domain
  • running the Australian Blogging Awards (aka the Bernies)
  • celebrating the arrival of my 3rd child
  • battling with the decision of whether to move from Movable Type to WordPress or TextPattern
  • steering my daughter away from barracking for Collingwood
  • stating how busy my life was, and how this kept me from blogging (things have only gotten worse in that area)
  • complaining about Meg Lees, fascists, Medicare, unrealistic soccer movies (“Bend it Like Beckham”), and comment spam.
  • Suffering my first bout of uveitis.
  • Writing about other Melbourne bloggers.
  • Writing stories about ellipses, and chickens slaughtered by a dog.
  • Discovering that a computer program thought I looked like Eric Bana, Scott Baio and Johnny Depp (and a few others).
  • Calculating a better/fairer indicator of Olympic success… which showed that Cuba was the greatest team at the 2004 Olympics
  • Posting links to interesting sites.
  • Moving to WordPress

Much has changed in 6 years…Life is busier, and I blog MUCH less…The post to interesting sites are now done on Delicious, with the occasional posting to twitter…The personal posts are all on Facebook…The political comments etc aren’t broadcast at all nowadays…So much has changed in 6 years…oh, how I’d love for blogging to be what it was back then…but it’s changed…so much is different now…We didn’t have delicious, twitter or facebook…well delicious existed, but I didn’t discover it until 2005.

Looking back at this, I’m once again reminded of the Bernies, and I’ve thought of reviving these numerous times in the past few years… perhaps this year will be the year I do it… perhaps.

So What’s Changed?

One of the biggest changes that has happened to blogging, in my time as a blogger, has to be the rise of

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • … and other similar online applications

How have these impacted my blogging?  Well, quite simply, they’ve provided quicker, easier, better targeted means of doing much of what I did with my blog in the past.

Facebook provides me an avenue to update family and friends with the latest news about the latest goings on in the Kekoc household, and doing so in a manner that I don’t need to email them when I’ve updated.

Twitter provides me with a way of recording random thoughts etc that I’m happy to share with the wider community.

Delicious enables me to capture and catalogue the many wonderful gems one finds on the internet on a regular basis.

Then there are all the other online applications I use on a regular basis… and while each have their strengths, they have weaknesses that make me quite reluctant to putting in much effort to cultivating my presence on these for much longer… but I’ll go into each of these in greater detail in the coming weeks.

Resumption of Non-Photoblog Blogging

I have to start off by saying I’m quite happy with how the photoblog experiment for the past year has gone… some of my most regular, and consistent(ish) blogging for ages. So, I don’t intend to stop the photoblog aspect of blogging here, BUT, I’m feeling the need to write again.

Why? Well… there’s a number of reasons.

Firstly… I’ve honestly missed the experience of writing here.

Then there was the realisation that I’m approaching TEN years of blogging. Yes TEN YEARS! January 2011 will mark the my 10 year anniversary of blogging. January 1st 2001 I posted this gem with the help of Blogger.

Welcome to the world that is my mind. This trip should not last too long 🙂

Finally, I’ve got around to getting a weblog (ie. “blog”) together. Before I get into things, I’ll just lay down the rules for myself and for you, “Joe Public”. The purpose of this site is to provide an outlet for my thoughts and a location that family and friends can come and find out the latest “going-ons” in the lives of the Kekoc family.

This initial “blog” will be a short one, as I am not all too sure of whether it will work and would rather not waste too much time if it doesn’t. If it does work I “intend” to make regular updates of the blog and hope it will prove to be a useful point of reference for family and friends.

With all that said, here goes – TIME TO PUBLISH !

Then, there was the realisation that so much has changed in the word of blogs, the internet for that matter in those 10 years, and so much in the way I use the net, what I do on it, with it.

So… with all that and much more that has crossed my mind in the last two days as I contemplated resuming more traditional blogging, I thought I’d record these ideas, explore them as I once did, here! I’ll blog about how things were and how things are different now… sure, at times there will be a lot of navel gazing… but HEY! This is a blog and this is what blogging has traditionally been all about.

Not that any of this will matter anyway… seeing as my neglect of this blog over the past few years has seen my readership completely dry up… but I didn’t start blogging for the readership… I blogged for myself, and ten years on, I’m right back where I started… blogging for me.

So… my plan is to write something here at least once a week, preferably twice, and the photoblog aspect will continue, probably at a similar rate as has been the norm of late i.e. once a month sort of thing.

Hell if it all goes well, I might even consider runing the Australian Blog Awards, aka The Bernies, again in the new year.

Wish me luck!

Boxer Puppies

Puppies for Sale

Seven Beautiful Boxer Pups

I had intended to post this earlier, but alas, these IS only so much I can fit into my last minute preparations.

Chicago and Sernity’s puppies are now 8 weeks old are ready to go to new homes. We’ve managed to sell two already, so we have 5 more to go.

Puppies Keeping Warm

Thankfully, they’re so cute we’re getting interest filter in slowly from the ads we’ve placed online.

I’m going to miss them when they’re gone… but God knows we can’t handle that many more mouths to feed in our house.

Parrilla De Maria, Madrid

De Maria Parrilla - Steaks

Exquisite Argentian Steaks Cooked Right In Front Of Your Eyes

On my last visit to Madrid, we visit a brilliant restaurant called Parrilla De Maria… I grabbed a card with the intention of returning when I came back… unfortunately, I misplaced that card and have struggled remember the name a location of the restaurant… perhaps a few too many cervezas.

De Maria Parrilla

Parrilla De Maria

Thankfully, I took a photo of the front and have located it with the help of Google Maps Street View. I’m so looking forward to having an Argentinian steak there… I will remember not to fill up on tapas before hand this time.