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EckerNet Is Five Years Old Today

January 28th, 2007 by Kevin

Five years ago today, the original version of EckerNet came online.  Originally, EckerNet was just a domain so I could have a cool email address and share funny stuff with my friends.  That lasted about 20 minutes.

Then it occurred to me I had just created my own soapbox, and since the local papers won't publish my letters, I'll publish them myself dammit!!  And so began my career in blogging.  I use the word career loosely because while it takes up quite a bit of time, I've never earned a dime doing it.  Although, I've never tried either.

In the past five years, EckerNet has undergone no less than five major overhauls of design.  The original version was strictly HTML.  This was before blogging software (or even the current incarnation of blogging itself) really existed.   Every time I made a post I had to rewrite the main page, the individual page, the archive pages, etc.  In short, it was a major pain in the ass.

Thankfully things have gotten easier as time has gone on.  In fact, I'm really rather happy with my latest update.  Moved to a new host, which is dreadfully helpful with me on everything.  I've switched to a new blogging software which, while also being free, is also about 387% better than Moveable Type ever was.  And when you put both of those together, I have control over things I didn't, which is nice because I can be a control freak about some stuff.  And stuff I hated to do is now automated.  And stuff that annoyed me doesn't annoy me because it isn't there anymore.   Yeah for progress!

The blogging itself has gotten nicer too.  For one, my writing has improved by leaps and bounds.  My grammar still sucks, as someone (thanks Bridget!) was kind enough to point out to me.  But overall the writing is better which is one of the reasons I've blogged this long anyway.  My traffic has never been anything to brag about but then again I've never really cared or tried to build it up.  The few times I tried/cared I found I started blogging for other people rather than myself.  And that will get old real quick.  As evidence of that I'd like to present "Exhibit A" through Exhibit "Infinity Times C", which mostly consists of a dreadfully large number of bloggers who have started and since quiet in frustration and disillusionment (is that a word?  F it, I'm making it one).  

Plus I've managed to meet some interesting people.  And I use "interesting" in both the worst and best ways possible.   There are some that make me roll my eyes and retreat to the nearest bar and immediately order half of it.  But most of the people I've met have been wonderful.  Some have turned into friendships that exist independent of blogging.  Some ….

What? Really? Oh…okay, thanks…

Ok I've just been informed that the sappiness level of this post has reached toxic levels so I'll wrap it up.

Happy Birthday To Me!  Give Me Presents! Tell Me How Great I Am! 

Whose up for another five? 

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16 Responses

  1. Leo Pusateri Says:

    Oh Great Kevie…

    I sing thee thy praises!

    Now go get me a beer! 🙂

  2. Marty Andrade Says:

    Five years old? That’s what, 72 in blogging years?

  3. Butch Says:

    Happy 5th Blogiversary!

  4. Jeff Says:

    You’re so great, I get tingly thinking about it.

  5. bernie Says:

    Five years – what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – happy blogiversary.

  6. Drunkguy Says:


  7. Mall Diva Says:

    Congratulations, Kevi-Wevi!
    I’m so flattered that you mentioned me! (see the “But most of the people I’ve met have been really wonderful” sentence)

  8. Kevin Says:

    Thanks all!

    Leo : I did but it was mysteriously empty by the time I got back to your table. It always happens.

    Marty : More like 84 but I’m immature so yeah 72 works

    Butch : Thanks!

    Jeff : Uh, right….I’m gonna go away now.

    Bernie : Wow, now if that isn’t encouragement for the future… 🙂

    Drunkguy : Then post dammit!

    Diva : Yeah…of course that was about you… *snicker*

  9. CrosSwords Says:

    congrats on 5 years! It’s tough keeping that kind of output going.

  10. Night Writer Says:

    Wow, five years – that’s a long time!

    Fortunately, I’ve only been reading you for two.

    Seriously, congratulations. And I like the new format; linking is so much easier than with those old clay tablets you used to use.

  11. Basil's Blog » Blog Archive » Blogrolling 2007-01-29 Says:

    […] EckerNet is five. […]

  12. CC Says:

    Happy blogiversary Kevin! I do like the new format, especially the pictures at the top (some are better than others). And oh ya, what Drunk Guy said.

  13. Uncle Ben Says:

    If I may paraphrase from your sidebar, “You are aged wisdom.”

  14. EckerNet.Com » Blog Archive » I Have A Twin Brother! Says:

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  15. Harvey Says:

    Another 5?

    Don’t be a pussy.

    Promise us 10 🙂

  16. Kevin Says:

    Listen here sonny.

    When 5 years old your blog reach, post as much you will, hmmm?