Blogging’s 10th Birthday

I was reading Scoble’s post about his 7th year of blogging and some of the issues he’s had locating his old post that have gotten lost for several reasons.  I know that I had some blog posts that I didn’t have in my WordPress database that I’ve lost, but then Scoble’s post reminded me of the Internet Archive.

After a bit of searching, I’ve now got several posts up from 2000 and 2002.  In 2001, I wasn’t really running anything that can be called a blog, it was more of a collection of random links.

Anyhow, my first blog post on my site now takes us back to May 14, 2000.  I really wish that I had taken screenshots of prior designs as well – the Internet Archive doesn’t typically capture graphics and such, so some of the older shots look pretty bad.

Oh well.  The exercise was interesting.  I knew that along the way I’ve run (in reverse chronological order) WordPress, Movable Type, Drupal and my static HTML page with dates and entries manually posted.  However, I totally forgot that in 2000 I ran Slashcode.

Anyhow, back to the title of the post. Scoble points out that the term ‘weblog’ was coined by Jorn Barger 10 years ago on December 17, 1997.  Happy 10th, blogs!

I love some of Jorn’s original principles for blogging:

2. You can certainly include links to your original thoughts, posted elsewhere … but if you have more original posts than links, you probably need to learn some humility.

3. If you spend a little time searching before you post, you can probably find your idea well articulated elsewhere already.

I think for #2 that times have changed a bit, and I agree with #3.  Matter of fact, I’m sure someone’s already posted that #2 is wrong.

Blog ripoffs. Grr.

So, lots of people have posted about other sites scraping their blogs data, but I just stumbled across a weird one. I won’t link to it, because that only validates their purpose.

Instead, they seem to be scraping from me anything tagged with ‘wireless’, and posting it. Along with lots of other blogs that are tagged ‘wireless’.

Argh.

I hate web spam…

I really hate web spam. Since I used to run [Movable Type](http://www.sixapart.com/movabletype) here, lots of spammers used to hit up /mt/mt-tb.cgi and /mt/mt-comments.cgi to try to auto-spam my blog. I’ve been running [Wordpress](http://www.wordpress.org/) for (checks archives) nearly 3 months now, and I’m still seeing it.

Today, I was checking out my [Mint](http://www.haveamint.com/) statistics, and I noticed I had some really spammy-looking [outclicks](http://code.jalenack.com/archives/outclicks-pepper/) from my [photo gallery](http://www.marius.org/gallery/). Turns out spambots on in “t3h internets” are spamming my comments in there too, so I’ve disabled Gallery comments now.

Sigh. I wish someone would come up with a [TypeKey](http://www.sixapart.com/typekey/)/[LiveID](http://get.live.com/getlive/overview)/[OpenID](http://www.livejournal.com/openid/about.bml) system that actually worked and was well used, so comments could be better managed.

(ed. note: now that I’ve written all that, there’s a lot of links up there. And it looks spammy. How ironic and lovely.)

A blog for the foodie crowd

Came across this on a mailing list that I’m on: [Serious Eats](http://www.seriouseats.com/) has launched recently.

It’s an interesting concept – chatter among a userbase, along with reviews/features/etc. from a more structured editing crew (don’t know if they’re paid, or if it’s freelance, or what…). Very nice. I’ve subscribed to their RSS feeds for now.

How to build traffic to your blog

One alternative: Criticize Scoble by calling him a “fake computer geek” and have Scoble respond and link back to your blog.

Seriously, though, I know that Scoble likes to give corporate blogging advice of find negative feedback, link to them, and blog about them, but I just don't see why Scoble needed to respond to … Cory. Scoble? Got an answer? Paging Dr. Scoble?

Advice to Cory — sometimes running your own wiki is a PITA, especially if you don't feel like being your own sysadmin. Here's the shocker, are you sitting down? Not every computer geek is a sysadmin.

Redesign

You're probably noticing a bit of change here. I got bored with the old look, and sat down and redesigned the website. Let me know what you think; I think it looks quite a bit better than the old orange 'n grey.