This Month in History…

About 4 years ago I bought a domain name and set up a website. It wasn’t the first time that I had done such a thing, but for the first time I managed to write on the site for some significant length of time, now covering more than 10% of my life to date.

Sometime in October 1999, I saw an early demonstration of Manila. I got my grubby hands on a copy of it and made a new website on the 27th, at about 7pm according to some timestamps. In the middle of November, I started putting up some pages about some of the Frontier programming projects I wanted to play with. The record isn’t really clear on how I was organizing things at the time — I think I was just changing the home page instead of flipping it.

As far as I can tell now, I started writing rants about the state of local politics around Thanksgiving 1999. Then there was the WTO thing – teargas flying and the state of emergency. Editthispage.com, Userland’s foray into the weblog hosting biz started about a week later on December 4th. Some of the people who set up sites in the first few weeks are still on the blogroll. Some others I met at a Seattle weblog meetup at the old Speakeasy Cafe.
It’s been a wild 4 years.

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