One year

Ah, so now it's July 2003. Which means I have been properly 'blogging for a year now. It seems so much longer… Heh heh. A year ago I moved to this house, got ADSL set up and finally deployed this funny wee Domino database I'd had knocking around for a while. So what's happened since then?

Well, the site's gone through two major design updates. The first got rid of all table-based layouts and added weblog comments. The version three update just made everything… simpler. How I like it.

On the content side, I've had numerous "you suck" emails (mainly in the first three months), have been asked to desist from commenting on another site, and have been routinely spammed and abused. I've also had a whole lot of good feedback, a few requests to write for magazines, loads of Domino-related favours, the offer of a free book, and have made some good "virtual" friends. So, on balance? Oh, it's definitely worth doing! I just hope I can keep going.


  1. ben i can't imagine anyone sending you a "you suck" email. wow, you are one of the nicest guys i've ever met. really, i have tremendous respect for you. you can comment on my site anytime!

    also some of the code and tips on your site has helped me out. dude, you rock! keep up the good work!

  2. Wow…I thought I would receive more "you suck" mail then you been. Maybe we should compare our figures ;-). Great site! Love to read everyday. Keep up the great work.

    BruceBruce Elgort#
  3. Heh heh, I've just been going through my email file, cleaning it up. Came across some of the more inflammatory communications that I'd kept for posterity. 'Twas entertaining to read it again :-D Looking at some of it, I'm reminded of the current storm in a tea cup taking place in the so-called "A-List' blogosphere re RSS and Echo.

    Really, it's hilarious to see how people can get so het up about something as trivial as 'blogging, and I fell into this trap early on by actually responding to some of my detractors. Tsk ;-) Ben Poole#

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