Everybody else is doing it, and so am I!
Published: Tuesday 2008-09-23.
Today it is five years since I started blogging. I was a later starter, I thought, since everybody else was already blogging, but since I like writing I also wanted to give it a try and see if I could keep a blog running with entries and everything. In addition, Rolle had just called my web site his favourite in an article in a Swedish computer magazine, plus that I felt like trying writing my own blogging system, one that worked just the way I wanted.
So, said and done, I wrote my first entry and immediately started writing a framework around it to display it. At 19:01:24, UTC, that is nine in the evening Norwegian time, I checked the entry and the first version of the script in. There were nine revisions of the script that first day, 258 lines of Perl code and some HTML templates. That script has today grown to over 2000 lines.
Initially I was blogging in Swedish and English, nowadays I also try to blog in Norwegian (even if it doesn’t always come out as eloquently as the other two). I write the same entries for all the languages, which means that I write the same text up to three times, which can take a while. Sometimes it can be a bit too much and I stop after two, and sometimes one, language.
To celebrate five years with articles I have added a function on the blog’s front page that displays the current entry from five years ago (an idea that I have stolen directly from Månhus, which, for a long time, used to have a “three years ago” link on the front page). It is a function that would had been a lot easier if I had had a database behind the script, and not just text files in various directories like I do now. A database would have required somewhat more advanced functions than the one I use, though, and not quite worked with the way I manage the rest of the pages, where everything is checked into a version control system and thus easy to edit no matter where I happen to be located.
So, I have managed to keep the blog running with interesting(?) content for five years. I wonder whether this will hold for another five, and in that case, in what form it is then…
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