If you have bothered to read this thing in the past you’ll know that this blog goes back to April 2001. I have all the data from every post and comment going back until then but alas it was lost in a massive hack attack. And yes you guessed it, I didn’t have the database backed up.
In time I will put the posts and comments back up. Archive.org and their wonderful wayback machine are incredible help. They will get a donation I think.
Thinking back about the early days of blogging can seem like looking back centuries. Blogging was the beginning of social media. At first you needed to be savvy with coding. Because of this it required a reasonable amount of intelligence to say what you wanted to say and have it published. Even when blogger, moveable type et. al. come onto the scene a blogger still needed to have a grasp of basic coding, the ability to set up a page and have something to say which would engage the small audience that existed at the time. Perhaps 10-20million bloggers worldwide.
Now with twitter and facebook among others the world is your oyster obviously. Although now it’s a pretty much sand filled oyster with a dash of cryptosporidium thrown in for good measure. The hate and perversion is immeasurable. There used to be a degree of respect amongst bloggers who had followers on their blogrolls, ‘liked’ their posts by commenting on them, laughed together and argued amongst themselves with the ultimate insult being the link to another’s blog being removed from their sidebar. Ouch!
The sectarianism of social media is now almost complete. Left vs right, aggressive vs passive, tolerant vs nut job & creative vs plagiarist. Well, the last one has always been ‘the way’. The web was always about all property being theft really. Not now though. From Napster to Pirate Bay. From PCs to mobile phones and your fridge telling you to order more butter. It’s a function.