Ten Year Blogiversary

Ten years ago, I started this blog with a post about earthquake monitors.1 Now, 2,304 posts later, I’m still blogging.

Over the years, this blog has gone through a lot of change. Quoting my about page:

I used be a “serious” blogger and wrote about politics and religion. Now I’m a snapshooter extraordinaire who takes pictures of the sky, buildings, and Dawson Creek Park. I also write about family vacations, bicycling, and other fun stuff we do.

Most of my posts are still available2 in the archives.3 Some of the posts I’m embarrassed about.4 Others, I’m amazed I took the time to write. The posts I enjoy the most are those about family vacations and pictures I’ve taken. I try to remember that when I click publish.

I expect to continue blogging, although I now repost a lot of my content elsewhere, and elsewhere is where most of my online interaction takes place.5

I wonder what changes the next ten years will bring to blogging.

  1. The 2004 Indian ocean earthquake and tsunami struck five days later. 
  2. I’ve deleted a couple parodies that were likely to be misinterpreted. The Internet lynch mob has limited sense of humor, no recognition of irony, and an insatiable appetite for outrage. No reason to feed the monster if I can avoid it. 
  3. Yeah, the archives page is a little slow. I haven’t found a faster archives plugin that makes it so easy to access all the posts, so I put up with the slowness. 
  4. I haven’t deleted them…yet. 
  5. I even experimented a couple of times with removing the comments from my blog. As I haven’t had to worry about comment trolls, I reactivated the comment section, and wait patiently for someone to comment. ;-) 

I’m Moving My Blog’s Email Subscriptions To MailChimp

To improve the quality of my email subscription service, I’m now using MailChimp. Those of you who have already subscribed to my daily1 blog updates should not notice a difference, other than getting the emails more reliably. It seems that emails might not have been sent for over a week. If you didn’t get any, you could have missed:

MailChimp provides an awesome service. They demand that emails be sent out only after double opt-in2 by all recipients. I believe that describes everyone already on my list. If you think you received this email by error or don’t remember signing up, please accept my apologies and feel free to click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.

Those of you reading this on my blog who want to subscribe, please use the handy dandy subscription button at the bottom of this post. Thanks!

  1. No more than once a day, and no email if there’s not a new post. 
  2. Sign up plus confirming email. 

Buh Bye, Feedburner — Hello URI.LV

I was using Feedburner to provide provide my email subscriptions. Rather than wait for Google to kill Feedburner,1 I have moved my email subscriptions to URI.LV. If all works as planned, those of you who subscribed to my blog will continue to get my new posts (including this one) without disruption. If not, I’ll have some debugging to do.

I also had been using Feedburner to serve my RSS feeds. Same dealio; now URI.LV is doing this.

The subscribe buttons at the top and left now connect to URI.LV’s email newsletter service. RSS feeds should be automatically go to the right place.

Fingers crossed. Looks like it worked. I’m so happy. :-)

1With Google killing Reader, Feedburner is next. Some would argue Feedburner has already received the fatal blow and we just don’t know it.

Decorating for the Holidays

Ho! To celebrate the season,1 I’ve donned my Santa hat and activated the snow machine. *<:-)

I hope your holiday preparations are going well. I’m off to enjoy a mug of hot chocolate with a candy cane stirring stick. c[_]

1Happy christmahannukwanzaadon/festivus!
This is a yearly tradition. Thanks to the list I created last year, it’s easier to make all the necessary changes: here, Gravatar, Google profile, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Disqus, Intense Debate, Diaspora…

Back Up

Running on WordPress nightly builds, it’s amazing how few problems I get. This last week, my blog got bit, and hard.

In the process of bringing everything back, I learned a lot about WordPress’ database structure and ended up with a nice, clean options table.

It’s so nice to be back up!

Good backups are vital. :-)