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Some classic blogs

I enjoy looking at a few older "classic" blogs occasionally. I think it's interesting to see moments captured in time forever. Ultimately I think that's one of the reasons I do this and have (in some form) for so many years — it's about capturing those moments.

Back during the Y2K scare, when the Internet was young, the term "blog" had been freshly coined. A website chronicling one's life was more frequently called an online diary or online journal. Eventually, the term "blog" took over the popular lexicon. I've never liked the word, but it's the one which stuck around, unfortunately.

The first on my list, 15 Megs of Fame, is the first one I really looked at on a regular basis, back in the early 2000s. It started in the midst of the Y2K scare (October 7, 1999 specifically) and still calls itself "a journal" in the title graphic despite the term falling out of favor. I have no idea who the author is, though I would imagine it's buried in the text somewhere. It lasted off and on for almost eight years. Since the last entry is dated August 7, 2007, I would guess it's now a dead site. After discovering it, I started thinking to myself, "I could do this, too." The rest, pardon the pun, is history.

Another I've enjoyed over the years is rebecca's pocket, which started April 27, 1999 and was last updated just over a month ago, June 6, 2011. I've been a long-term fan of Rebecca's use of a monospace font in her blog's title (hence my own) — very unassuming. I found Rebecca's book about blogging, The Weblog Handbook, at the WV Book Festival last fall and scooped it up. Even though some of the technology and references listed in it are now out of date, the book is worth a read — if anything, for historical purposes.

Pretty recently I've discovered, which has been up since March 14, 1998, was last updated today, and has "retroactive" entries on the about page dating back to the author's birth — September 27, 1973 at 4:44am. Not bad. Jason Kottke kicks out many links a day along with videos, pictures, and brief commentary. Twitter before Twitter's time, Tumblr before Tumblr's time. And there's always something interesting.

Last but not least, Dave Winer's Scripting News, which has been around since April 1, 1997 and was last updated today. Dave Winer, in case you didn't know, is the inventor of both RSS and podcasting — so his commentary on today's media is must-read material for anyone wanting to participate in it. He's strongly opinionated, but his credentials give his opinions hefty weight. (And yes, that's my opinion — worth a little less than a wooden nickel.)

So there you have it. These are all worth a look. And since they all have had (or continue to have) an influence on this space (fine: blog, are you happy?), I link to them here as a small way of saying thanks. Thanks, folks.

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