It boggles my mind to say this, but today marks the 10th anniversary of me blogging at least once a day on this site.
It all started when I was inspired by Luis over at BlogD who had launched on a personal challenge to blog once a day for several years. I missed writing professionally, and while I already had this site and domain, I hadn’t done very much with it. I decided to start on Jan. 1, 2005 and see how long I could go.
Well, then I missed March 11, 2005. That didn’t take long.
I resumed on March 12, 2005 and haven’t stopped since. In other words, yes, 10 years of a minimum of one blog post a day on this site.
When I started doing this, I thought nothing would ever come of it, but in 2007 I applied for my first professional blogging job having left print in 1996. They weren’t thrilled with my lack of professional blogging experience, but my two years of blogging on this site for no gain told them I had “tenacity,” and they hired me. I have been a professional blogger now for almost eight years because I could find time once a day to write a dopey post on this site.
Yes, I have had to cheat here or there such as the “great Internet outage of CES 2012” when I couldn’t get an Internet connection in my hotel room to save my life. I decided to write them offline once a day as normal, and then I just posted them all when I got home on the appropriate dates. Now when I go to CES each January I write that entire week’s worth of posts in advance just to be safe.
As I look back over these past 10 years, some of the posts I have made… were not good. Lets be blunt. And the housekeeping was atrocious in the early days, but it is what it is. While I tend to not write personal posts any more, I still love this site. It gives me a way to wind down once a day from talking about technology and embrace my love of pop culture and entertainment. I no longer look at this as a chore, but instead as a reward for a day’s work.
Do I plan to stop? No. I don’t see any reason to not keep going and see how far I can take this little challenge. I’ll even let you in on a little secret… there is an unpublished post written on this site should I meet an untimely demise. I wrote it a few years ago and occasionally update it. A friend has the instructions on how to publish it, so even death would mean keeping the streak going an extra day.
To the future of this site, I have thoughts. The first is a redesign of the theme that a friend is doing for me. I have no clue when it will launch, but seeing as he isn’t charging me, I’ll take it when I get it. It will be a much more streamlined site and unlike anything I have had on here before. And it will be a responsive design so it will work perfectly on mobile devices as well.
I also would love to bring back my podcast, Scattercast, but I really don’t want to do it as a half-hour solo show again, and finding co-hosts has always been the trick. Perhaps it will return someday, I hope it does.
10 years is a long time to do anything, and I appreciate those of you who have supported me through out. My audience is small, but I don’t really care. This site is here for my amusement, and if people happen to read it, awesome.
Here’s to another 10 years of SeanPAune.com.