|Jul. 31st, 2013 10:39 pm Happy blogiversary to me|
Ten years ago, August 1, 2003, I posted my first ever blog entry right here on LiveJournal. This was back when blogging was "in"; Facebook and Twitter had yet to launch. Now most of my friends have moved on to using those networks (or Google+) primarily, but I'm still here reading and posting on LJ, and not just to get my money's worth as my permanent account has paid for itself by now. 3 notes - Make notes
I'm feeling overwhelmed by the constant flow of information on the more popular social networks: The push to constantly share, "Like", and/or comment on every life event, news story, funny video, or what have you that comes along; the expectations from friends that you will read their updates regularly to keep up with their lives; the push to update your own page regularly to appear interesting and relevant. Blogging is more my speed: Taking more time to craft my thoughts on a topic, or reading someone else's, whenever the mood strikes me, without the constraints of a certain number of characters or the competition of hundreds of other status updates crowding the page. (I also miss having exchanges of well-crafted, detailed, personal e-mails with friends, which rarely happens anymore.)
In August 2003, boyziggy and I had just moved into our current apartment. I didn't expect to still be here now, but financial realities have prevented us from becoming homeowners. (Even when we were both working full time at decent salaries, we could only have afforded a tiny condo in a less-desirable neighborhood; San Francisco is expensive. Thank goodness for rent control.) I was working as a web developer at UCSF Public Affairs, a position I would hold for seven years, the longest time at any job to date. Ziggy was working as audio engineer for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, plus on call for IATSE Local 16; the following year he would begin his current full-time job as audio engineer for the San Francisco Opera.
Outside of work, if I recall correctly my hobbies at that time included singing, playing piano, photography, and geocaching. I didn't have a personal web site online then, having shut down my previous site a few months prior.
I don't have a lot of photos online from that time period. Here's what I looked like in February 2003 (six months before my first blog entry). I was close to my heaviest adult weight then.
Here's Ziggy and I that November, a few days before we got engaged. (I still have that hat!)
It will be interesting to see if I am still blogging ten years from now...