I started doing this Sept. 15, 2003.
And I’ve pretty much been reading you ever since. Congratulations and thanks for all the great insights and links.
P.S. I’ve got you beat. I began August 3, 2003. 🙂
Happy blogging birthday!
I checked the Wayback Machine to see your site’s design when you began. Looks like the design is the same, with the exception of some new widgets and doo-dads.
Did you make discourse.net all by yourself?
This is pretty much all hand coded, which is why it’s so ugly and why my CSS is so messy.
As noted at the very bottom of the right column, I adapted the general layout from a free theme at blogstyles. There is a lot I’d do different today if I were starting from scratch, including probably using wordpress (which didn’t exist then). But the issues involved in transitioning from MT 2.x to wordpress, or indeed even of upgrading a heavily customized MT theme to the current version, have always seemed like several days’ work at best, and I never have had the time.
I gather these things can be done commercially, but it costs. I’d love to change to a more modern, dramatic (and efficient!) look, but don’t hold your breath.
Congratulations, Michael- that’s a long time. I can’t remember when I first started reading blogs but it wasn’t too long after that. I’ve long enjoyed yours and hope you’ll keep it up.
And do please keep it up. You convince me that there is at least one sane person in this nation of ours.
-Bryan (a.k.a. ‘the pink bunny of battle’)
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