Goodbye, Facebook…

Sensing the ‘net, garret signal boosted Kevin Bankston’s post: Want to stop info of yours from going out over Facebook’s API? and I followed the instructions therein.

By opting out of Facebook’s The Platform I can no longer share my blog posts as a Facebook posting. After a bit, I decided that was just fine.

“So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice” —Carl Spangler Caddyshack

Eighteen Years Ago…

On this day in 1999, I joined a substantial number of people in starting a blog. Then mine was called ‘blivet’. blivet was on EditThisPage though many were using other hosts and software such as Blogger. This was long before whatever has been proclaimed as ‘The Start of Blogging’ like ‘War Blogs’, ‘Mommy Blogs’, etc. It was a longer form, prior to the idea that you could use 144 characters to communicate something besides a grocery list.

Happy 18th anniversary to all the bloggers there at the start and the friends I made then. I will not attempt a listing as I will forget someone and feel horrible.

Here’s to 18 more!

Seventeen Years Ago…

On this day in 1999 I started this weblog using Userland’s EditThisPage software. Here it still is, 17 years later along with a great many people I have met through this medium. Be well all…

Dave Winer Releases Open Source ‘MyWord Editor’

Scripting News: “Last week I said we’d wait to open up MyWord Editor for use by everyone until it was fully silo-free. Today the wait is over. We’re ready to begin a journey, that hopefully will add new life to the open blogging world.

A shot in the arm for the open web. A way for JavaScript developers to collaborate on a new fun project. A way to escape from the silos that threaten to turn us into commercial robots, consumers and promoters, when we aspire to be thinkers and doers.”

https://github.com/scripting/myWordEditor

It Was 15 Years Ago

On this day in 1999 I tried out Dave Winer’s EditThisPage software, designed for (mostly) non-techies to enter the infant blogging movement and named my blog ‘blivet.’. I’ve met a number of people I consider friends over the years and have been fortunate to meet several of them in person. I performed the marriage of two of them which is one of my favorite moments.

Fifteen years later blivet continues on another platform (WordPress) and I host it myself. We’ve watched the ‘war bloggers’ come and go as well as the various streams of vandals, goths, and carpetbaggers attempting to monetize whatever this ‘space’ is. I’m sure there will be more trends as blogging gets rediscovered yet again.

Happy Birthday, blivet tool & die, and happy birthday to all of us from that time! And whether you’ve been along for the entire ride or this is your first time here, WELCOME! Here’s to the next 15!