Why do I blog?

Posted Apr 20, 2004 in Blogging.

When I was a kid, I always thought it would be cool to keep a daily diary. I made several aborted attempts to do this, but ultimately I found it to be too much effort. I found exploring the pursuit of laziness to be easier.

In the early 1990s, when the Internet started to become popular, I thought it would be cool to have a website. It wasn't until 1998 that I got around to actually having one, albeit a horrid FrontPage Express effort, hosted by AOL. But because I was busy working as a videotape editor at the time, I never really got the chance to explore my interest in the World Wide Web.

By 2002, however, I had departed my earlier life for a new one in the United States. I purchased a domain name,, and I proceeded to create a website of sorts. My first efforts were hand-coded XHTML 1.0 Transitional, with a dash of CSS. I was encouraged by how easy it was, and I started creating pages with gay abandon. At first, I did it mostly to write about my adventures going through the process of getting a US visa, but then I discovered blogging.

To begin with, I blogged by building page after page of static XHTML, all of which is still available in my older archive. This was incredibly time-consuming, so I posted infrequently - often going 2 weeks between posts.

Then I discovered PHP, and immediately set about hand-rolling a basic blogging system. At last, I could fulfill my childhood dream of keeping a diary, without expending much effort!

But effortlessness is not the only reason I blog. I like to keep my family in England informed of what is going on in my world too. I also like to use the si-blog as a proving ground for some of my web experiments, as I try to build up my business empire.

But mostly I think it is cool that people like to hear what I have to say, even if some of it isn't really relevant to their own lives. Putting comments into the si-blog was the best thing I've ever done, because it has helped to expand my personal universe.


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