Fifteen years of blogging

Even I’m a bit shocked by the title of this post. Have I really been blog­ging for fif­teen years? I keep double-checking the math but it keeps adding up. In Novem­ber 1997 I added a fea­ture to my two-year-old peace web­site. I called this new entity Non­vi­o­lence Web Upfront and updated it weekly with orig­i­nal fea­tures and curated links to the best online paci­fist writ­ing. I wrote a ret­ro­spec­tive of the “early blog­ging days” in 2005 that talks about how it came about and gives some con­text about the proto-blogs hap­pen­ing back in 1997.

But I could arguably go back fur­ther than 15 years. In col­lege, my friend Brni and I started an alter­na­tive print mag­a­zine called VACUUM. It came out weekly. It had a mix of opin­ion pieces and news from all over. Famil­iar, huh? Columns were made up from a dot matrix printer and pasted down with scotch tape, with head­lines scrawled out with a sharpie. The ethos was there. Next April will mark its Sil­ver Jubilee.

What’s most strik­ing is not the huge leaps of tech­nolo­gies, but the single-mindedness of my pur­suits all these years. There are cross-decade echos of themes and ways of pack­ag­ing pub­li­ca­tions that con­tinue in my work as edi­tor of Friends Jour­nal.

  • Robin Mohr

    What would we have done with­out you? Keep up the good work!

    Robin