15 Years of Blogging

First of all, I want to thank everyone who commented. It really means a lot to me.

I started this blog September 28, 2003. I’m about 2 months short of 15 years of blogging. If this blog was a person it would be covered in acne and a year away from driving. Looking back over the years, I’m trying to figure out how I’ve changed since I was bored enough to buy a url and try this new thing that people were doing by posting things online. I’m going to number how I’ve changed and what I’ve learned but they are in no particular order.

  1. I have moved twice.
  2. I have had two cats. I still miss Cynikitty very much.
  3. I didn’t even have a passport in 2003. Now I have been overseas quite a few times and never want to stop traveling.
  4. I used to think the United States was the best country in the world. Now I’m not even sure it’s the best country in North America.
  5. I moved in with my future wife 2 years after starting the blog and got married a year after that. And we’re still going strong.
  6. I went from agnosticism, to borderline-militant atheism, to atheist but I really don’t care what you believe as long as you aren’t hurting others.
  7. My initial point of view is usually wrong.
  8. No matter how many compliments you get, you will always focus on the one negative thing. And it will eat you alive if you don’t realize that is most likely the reaction they wanted in the first place.
  9. Do what you love is a nice sentiment and all but you still gotta eat.
  10. Always be honest with your readers.
  11. I have quit blogging 2 or 3 times. I should learn to just take an extended hiatus when burnout hits then killing it off. (See number 7)
  12. Just because there are two sides doesn’t mean they both have valid arguments.
  13. Don’t punch down. (ie criticisms of Islam are probably valid but in this current political environment when people want to lump an entire culture in with a the fundamentalists you really have to tread carefully to not fan the flames of hate.)
  14. To be continued.

  15. I gained and lost about 50lbs and have managed to keep it off. And nobody should be shamed for their weight so even though I’m find with the “fat acceptance” movement, I honestly feel a lot better without the extra weight.

  16. I probably wasn’t for gay marriage before 2003. (I don’t recall being anti-gay marriage either but I was probably in the not too comfortable area in my thinking with the whole thing.) Now I’m as pro-gay marriage as you can be. We need more happiness and love in this world.
  17. If people are annoying you online, block or ban them. Life isn’t worth putting up with jerks if you don’t have to.
  18. There are good and bad people of every religion including nonbelievers. Religion has nothing to do with morality.