I’ve finally buckled down and done it. Started a formal blog, using real blogging software (as opposed to maintaining it all by hand).
I have had two blog-like sites in the past, both manually constructed and maintained. The first, from 1999–2000, was called “An Opinion About Everything” — so-named because someone in a mailing list flamewar once accused me of having an opinion about everything, as though that were a bad thing. The second, from 2003–2006, was called “Bouncing Off the Walls” — it was at the site attached to my personal e-mail address, “rubberize”.
This blogging software allows me to backdate posts — perhaps controversial, but less so than with stock options — which I am using to bring in my posts from those other two pseudo-blogs and repost them here, in chronological order, while still being able to post new items as well. (Some of the original posts themselves got updated at some point, so as best I can, I am posting them with their original dates, and adding notes at the bottom indicating updates.)
Despite backdating the entries to put them in the right context, I am not going to rewrite the entries. What I originally wrote and posted for all the world to see (if they happened to trip over my site) should still be something I’m happy to have people read today. (I had better be okay with it, since the web never forgets. Anything I ever posted is archived somewhere.) There are exceptions to that, though: (1) if I spot a typo or puncutation error or HTML coding gaffe, I will fix it; (2) if I had links to websites and those links are no longer valid, I will fix the links or remove them; and (3) if a removed link means that an entire paragraph no longer has valid content, I will remove the paragraph.
Enjoy, and please add comments where you like.
(Oh yeah, and comments: a few of the original posts had manually inserted comments added to them. I’ll do something like that here, when I get to those posts.)
Updated on July 22, 2007
I’ve now completed bringing over the posts from “An Opinion About Everything”. The other blog will take a lot longer to port across.Updated on July 29, 2007
As I’m starting to move through the old blog post, I see some items that are notes about pages I added to the other website, or “Hey, this is my 100th entry!” posts, which don’t have any content worth preserving. I’ve decided to not bring those across into this blog.Updated on December 15, 2009
I’m slowly reposting everything another time following the re-creation of the blog. This time around, I am allowing myself to make a few more adjustments to the content. Entries posted years ago are still a product of their time, but I’m doing a few in-place edits for clarity, and sometimes adding new notes to the end of an entry. I am also unifying the format for the update notes.