Wouldn't you know it, I missed my 10-year blogiversary. 10 years ago yesterday, I wrote my first blog post. This was shortly after reading Dave Johnson's article about Roller. I originally started this blog to share a bunch of tips and tricks I'd learn while doing web development, particularly with Java and Struts. Since then, I've written 3,086 entries and received 13,462 comments.
I found that writing technical blog posts was a great way to remember things and share knowledge. According to Google Analytics (which doesn't track my RSS/Atom feeds), here's my most-visited blog posts since 2006.
- Tips for Productivity and Happiness at Work - April 14, 2006
- Play 2.0, A web framework for a new era - November 16, 2011
- Ajax Framework Analysis Results - April 23, 2009
- RE: Moving from Spring to Java EE 6: The Age of Frameworks is Over - October 16, 2010
I also started it to document my life, so I could remember the details of significant life events and fun family vacations. I wrote about Abbie's and Jack's arrival. I penned a story about growing up at the cabin, twice. In April 2004, I wrote about buying a 1966 21-window VW Bus. Yes, I'm still restoring it. No, I don't know when it'll be done. This year I hope.
I blogged about Abbie and Jack's first day of school, I wrote about almost all of Abbie's birthdays; Jack's 5th, 4th, 3rd and 1st. Some of my favorite comments are on Jack's got a bead stuck in his nose! I blogged about getting a divorce 5 years ago. I wrote about visiting the real Oktoberfest the next year.
I met Trish in June of 2010 and mentioned her name for the first time in September 2010. I introduced her to the kids in November and we started traveling the world together. We journeyed to Antwerp/Amsterdam, Fort Lauderdale/Key West, Crested Butte, Alta, Las Vegas, a hut trip in the Rockies and Kraków. And that was just in the first 6 months! We got engaged last November.
Last, but certainly not least, I'd like to thank the ones that made the last 10 years possible:
- Keith at KGB Internet. Hosted here since day 1, for $20 month*.
- Dave Johnson, for creating Roller and continuing to maintain it all these years.
- Java and Tomcat, for your rock-solid stability through the years.
- The Open Source Movement, for providing so much to write about.
- My Family, for giving me with so many adventures and memories.
* Thank goodness he doesn't charge me for bandwidth. It's a little heavy on the bits.
Update: As part of this 10-year celebration, I've updated the look-and-feel with help from Gillen's Army.