Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Blog: A Personal Timeline

Fall 2004 - Upon return to university after year-and-a-half hiatus in southern Italy, discover Google. Not just the noun, mind you, but the verb.

Spring 2006 - Hear random references to Blob. Blob? Like Bob? Bob and I have been friends for years. Or Lob? My dog loves to retrieve sticks we lob into the lake. Oh, BLOG. Well, now that makes so much more sense.

Fall 2007 - Diana calls. From Australia. To bully me into Facebook. So, consequently, I Discover, Join and, for brief spurts, become Addicted to Facebook. (thank heavens the madness lasts only until my eyes burn from my skull, I am swamped with old high school memories/terrors and stumble to bed at near 4am).

Winter 2007 - Realize that nearly every one I know (and/or used to know) has a link for the "Website" entry listed on their profile. What the? Everyone I know has a website? Seriously? Who are these people? Come to find out, they're links to blogs. Remember? The false cognate of bob? (gotcha)

Spring/Summer/Fall 2008 - The perusing happens gradually. At first it's just one or two personal blogs. Then I see links on those blogs to blogs of others I know/used to know so I add those too. Soon I'm following a whole plethora [(plěth'ər-ə) n. 1. A superabundance; an excess.] of blogs. Personal blogs. When I find Apartment Therapy, all personal blog watching halts (except for a glance now and then to my favorites) in the wake of Home and Design Blogs and Their Offspring. It's like having fifty magazine subscriptions to the coolest things I've ever heard of without a)the mail, b) the paper or c)the expense. Seriously? I'm totally hooked up/pimped out/on the wagon.

August 2008 - Begin to consider making my own blog. Scratch it as a terrible idea for a billion reasons including: a. time (utter lack of) b. subject matter (again, lack of brilliant topics eluded (and continue to, I fear) me) c. audience (and yet again, lack of. and if it's "just for me," quite frankly I'm not convinced it's worth it. I should likely do something else - like sleep (since there's a serious lack of that around here too).)

November 2008 - Blog watching increases exponentially. I now have 173 blogs bookmarked in five distinct categories. This does not include the five separate categories of personal blogs: Family, Home Town, College, Mission, Current/Other. Monstrous proportions, I know.

Thanksgiving (American) 2008 - Decide (once and for all) to start my own blog. Continue to debate it's 1. relativity 2. feasibility 3. capability (or rather, my own).

Early December 2008 - Decide that I will set up afore-decided blog during the Christmas break.

January 2008 - Afore-decided blog not yet set up. Problem? Name. "A rose by any other name will smell as sweet?" Can't believe it. Scour resources (history, memory, thoughts, friends, husband, even a desperate status update on Facebook fishing for ideas - none were forthcoming). Try a few good selections on for size only to realize that they were all snatched up in the early 2000s and consequently abandoned mere weeks later. Utter frustration. Name searching on hold.

Late January through early February 2008 - A few good name contenders have been found. Additional mulling ensues.

February 7, 2008 - While weekending-away in Montreal, interesting name option comes up. More mulling.

February 12, 2008 - Blog for Belvedere Designs is created. Gosh, that was so simple. You mean it really is as easy as that? Click here, click there, scan this and op!? hmmm. I may have to reconsider the halting, drudging, dragging pace of the personal blog's progress.

February 17, 2008 - Baby napping. Attempting to change settings on Belvedere blog. Give up (see: lack of html skill and lack of patience with time-wasting while the minutes tick by on the nap-o-meter). Open new tab. Navigate to Sign in. Click link. And a few clicks and selects later, tada. Nested Interests is born.

late, late February 17, 2008 - Discover that blogging is obviously addictive. One day, six hours, three posts and, surprisingly enough, a mental list as long as my arm of other post titles. Soon to come: "Ironic, isn't it?" "The Piano, A History" and "What's for Dinner?"

Stay Tuned.

1 comment:

  1. Hehe. You're silly.

    But you forgot the crucial historical point were you started your own website business too.