On February 15, 2003 at 05:20 PM, I posted:
And so it begins . . .
I realized the other day that I had first written about blogs well over a year ago. In fact, the rise of blogs was one of my 2002 predictions for legal technology in my annual legal tech predictions article. As I was working on updating my web site (http://www.denniskennedy.com), I finally decided that I had to have my own blog. Thanks to people like Jerry Lawson, Sabrina Pacifici, the Support Forum at MovableType.org, it’s finally here.
The pop culture mavens among you will note the Babylon 5 reference in that first post. For trivia buffs, does anyone know the only alternative name I ever seriously considered for this blog? As I reread the first post, I notice it was a highly appropriate name.
Two days later, on my birthday, I wrote more about the motivation for the blog:
“Today is my birthday. The blog is really my birthday present to myself. The start of a trend in gift giving?”
Wow, I really did write short posts back then.
What I didn’t write about was how, at the time of the start of my blog, I had the overwhelming feeling that I was way too late to the game and that blogging had completely passed me by. Perhaps I over-reacted . . . .
The other part of the story, which I don’t usually tell, is that starting my blog was never really about “blogging.” You see, I had been reading Dave Winer’s Scripting News for several years and had become enthusiastic about RSS feeds. In fact, I had produced an RSS feed for my website by hand before I did my blog. What I really wanted was an RSS feed, more so than a blog, and the blogging software (like Movable Type) provided the easiest way to generate an RSS feed. The trouble was that few people knew what blogs were in those days, and far fewer knew what RSS feeds were.
Over the years, I got the idea to turn the time of the anniversary of this blog into a bit of fun and a reader-appreciation week that I’ve referred to as either blogiversary or blawgiversary week, where I’ve done a number of different experiments, tried new things, and had some fun in ways that tend to earn me a little criticism from those who think that lawyer blogs should be oh so straight-laced and ever so much “on topic.” The subtitle of this blog is “legal technology, technology law and other musings,” so I like to do the “other musings” from time to time.
So,we begin the fourth birthday/blogiversary today with an important announcement. To honor DennisKennedy.Blog’s fourth blogiversary, I’m very pleased to announce that NASCAR has decided to launch its 2007 season with not one, but two, races tonight. Let’s go racing!
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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