Sunday, January 29, 2012

One Thousand Posts

This is my one thousandth post here.1

With every post at a few hundred words, that is several textbooks' worth of rambling. When I invented blogging circa 1995, I never thought it would go this far.

Of course, blogging has also taken a step back. We now have a word for a whole category of online communication methods: social media. Things that used to go best on a blog now go in their own place; a quick thought on Twitter, a funny picture on Tumblr, an embarrassing faux-pas on Facebook. The lowly blog has gone from an object of ridicule to something nobody even talks about any more.

Blogging's role has gotten smaller, but hasn't disappeared. A blog remains the best place for long thoughts, updates, and bits of information. Professional bloggers have supplemented—or perhaps replaced—traditional journalism, and even non-geeks have personal blogs as a place to arrive at when Googling their name.

Me, I've slowed down in the blogging. Not only am I sharing stuff in other places, but I have a full time job, a girlfriend, and plenty (perhaps too many) projects on the go. With only so many hours in a day, blogging has to wait most of the time.

It won't go away though. Blogging has been in my life longer than it hasn't (17 years! Jesus), and even if nobody read it, a log on the web serves the same sanity-preserving purpose that a diary does. Time marches on and haters gonna hate, but bloggers gotta blog.



1 Approximately a thousand, anyway. The counter in Blogger says 1000, but that includes drafts, and doesn't include anything pre-Blogger.

9 comments:

Caffeinated Joe said...

Congrats! Here's to many, many more!

S said...

Congrats!

Blogging for 17 years? How? Do pre-internet diaries count?

Phronk said...

Thanks Joe!

S: Haha, nope. But I am including a frequently updated web site that wasn't technically called a "blog" in 1995. Same thing though.

katrocket said...

hey Phronk - congrats on an amazing milestone, and more than that, for keeping it interesting for so many years. I haven't been reading for 17 years, but the last couple of years have been fun indeed.

Jen said...

I have been reading your blog objects for 14 years. And I read all your archives because 14 years ago I really wanted to pork you. I think this makes me your biggest fan, please to send me a signed photo.

Forest City Fashionista said...

I can't imagine still having my blog in 17 years, so good on ya for keeping it going! And congrats on the accumulation of the trappings of an adult existence. A house in the 'burbs and a little Phronk is just a matter of time.....

Elaine Cougler said...

1000 posts? Wow! That is supercali...you know the word. And your posts are interesting and provoking. I like your self description, laid-back and self-deprecating. Good job, Mike!

Phronk said...

Thanks for all the kind words everyone! Both about the blog and about wanting to pork me. And FCF for saying terrifying things.

Senior Jobs said...

You are right that blogs have decreased and I am very sorry, because there are people who use this means of communication to express their views for or against something and could do great discussions with people who maybe did not know and suddenly of the different nationalities, this seems me the most important thing; knowing how another person from another country, sees the reality of the country where I live which he can know through my blog. Hopefully that bloggers do not give up and do not let lose this means of communication and learning. I'm a fan of reading blogs that address issues affecting the world as war, politics or religion and I love to discuss them, so they have a loyal reader