(My First Website – Click to Enlarge)
I have just completed posting and backdating into this blog a majority of all the posts that I have ever written going back to April of 2006. Having said that right up front, I can only imagine the thoughts going through the mind of any sane blogger that might actually be reading this post. Who would do such a thing, and for what reason unless they were some sort of poor, old senile individual? Well, it would seem this poor, old senile man is about to tell you….
My blogging experience over the years has carried me through several blogs, even personal websites that had associated blogs, to a point where I have pretty much alienated a majority of my followers and others who would leave a comment from time to time. It’s not so much the fact that I changed my blog but rather the number of times I changed my blog which I will address a bit later. And of course Facebook certainly contributed to that loss also, just as it did for many other bloggers. Granted I never got into blogging for the purpose of becoming the most famous blogger in Cyberspace, nevertheless followers and visitors are comforting to have if you do blog. Having followers does in itself create motivation and inspiration in some measure which I’m sure varies from blogger to blogger, not to mention the enjoyment for the most part of reading their comments on your chosen subject matter.
I had saved a majority of my previous blog posts in Microsoft Word which in hindsight was a huge mistake on my part. Primarily because if I did ever want to reinstate the posts I would lose all the previous comments made by my visitors. What I should have done is saved my ‘database’ file from my basic blogging software and then I would have been able to reinstate it all with a couple of clicks of the mouse button. I have now however remedied that problem by installing a new plugin, Updraft Plus, which I have set up to automatically do that backup once a month.
My current blog is titled of course, “Writing To Myself”, and is actually a second generation of a previous blog. I initially created the blog in 2011 but then in early 2012 took an extended hiatus deleting the blog and then when I eventually went back to blogging again I started a new blog with a different name but used a blog name and URL I had used previously back in 2007, “Some Final Thoughts”. Just given those facts alone is it any wonder why I alienated so many of my previous followers and visitors?
I initially began my blogging career using Google’s popular “Blogger” software. The following three blogs were my first three which used the Blogger format. After a time I became familiar with other blogging software and formats and also realized there were limitations with “Blogger” regarding graphics and video which in my style of blogging were very important. So in 2007 I moved my blogging activities to the WordPress software. To further eliminate any limitations to my blogging activities, I had my WordPress software installed with an independent hosting company, Atlas Hosting. By the way, the Google Blogger blogs were….
The Electric Key Orchestra Journal (Part of The Electric Key Orchestra website)
Retirement Is A Bitch…. and then you die
Some Final Thoughts…. then I’m off to Cemeteryville
(Blog: Some Final Thoughts – Hosted by Google’s Blogger – Click to Enlarge)
Then after moving my blogging activities to WordPress I opened my new blogging enterprise with the first of several other blogs. That first WordPress blog, “The Cyberspace Dawdler”, would turn out to be the most successful blog of them all. I highly suspect that was because I kept it running for almost two years before once again pulling the plug. At that point I wasn’t senile, just simply an idiot! The listing below reflects the blogs I have had since utilizing WordPress….
The Cyberspace Dawdler
Writing To Myself – 1st Version
Some Final Thoughts – 2nd Version
Writing To Myself – Current Version
(Blog: The Cyberspace Dawdler – My Most Successful Blog – Click to Enlarge)
So here I was a few weeks ago, depressed and remorseful that I had squandered not only most of my followers, limited as they may have been, but in particular all those blog posts that I had written over all those years which in reality really did reflect on who I was and the things that interested me. But if you have been a blogger for any real length of time, you pretty much know that those old posts that are stored in our blog’s archival sections are seldom if ever read again after their initial posting and moment in the sun. So why would anyone go to all the trouble to reinstate a large number of posts that common sense tells them no one will ever read in the first place. Well the answer to that from a man who did it was that I enjoyed doing it and it helped fill the hours of the day. I enjoyed reading them, updating any associated links and remembering that each and every one of them was in a sense a labor of love. I have almost always written out of self-interest and with a joy of what I was sharing. I would think most personal bloggers would be blogging for similar reasons.
And now after almost a decade of blogging and sharing my past, my likes and dislikes, my passions… I find that with little more to share except what comes with daily life itself, I wanted those writings and posts brought back together to make complete who this blogger was. I have just a few more posts to reinstate but for the most part I am done. And given all this grand-fathering of posts, I have made a personal commitment to myself to let this blog stand, regardless of the lack of inspiration that stimulates me with regard to further new posts.
In the end it really is all about the posts I think. The followers and visitors are certainly the icing on the cake for sure for a blogger and often gives one another perspective and/or opinion to consider regarding what they have written. So there you have it, about as extensive a history I can document on my blogging activities and on how I got from there to here. And so as it has been written, let it be so that I will continue to “endeavor to persevere” in this blogging venture.
After all, I still remain the most interesting man I know…. 😀