It was a difficult birth, to say the least. Minutes after making his appearance, he began bloviating and try as they might, Mother Nature and Father Futility couldn't shut him up.
The opening salvo in the war of witty insults, snide comments and intellectual tom-foolery soon followed, and while not profound by anyone's stretch of the imagination, it did set the tone for what would be a full frontal assault on good taste, politically correctness, censorship, criminal stupidity and chat rooms.
If polluting the blog world with his witty repartee wasn't damaging enough, then scaring the general public with a picture of himself with his family (circa 2001) surely must have did the trick.
Once he fired off that opening salvo, he got right down to the business of blogging. That summer was a harrowing one indeed, as his writing was, for lack of a better phrase, seriously wanting.
How wanting you may ask? Well, I present to you the reading public, links to five of the first eight posts that were made on this blog.
1} The first topic of choice was the Topix chat rooms, in all of its brutal ugliness. This was the first of thirty-four posts on my experiences while participating in the world of chat rooms.
2} The second topic of choice was the weather, specifically Cedar Mountain. This was actually a two part post because I decided at the time to post twice a day, every other day. This lasted until early September, when I began suffering extreme burnout.
3} The third topic of choice was humor. Two very fine examples of chat room related humor are presented here in their entirety. The original, then the response.
4} The fourth topic of choice, of which I've written the most about, since this is the main crux of the blog (having made 206 inter-connected posts which includes 32 posts of a story that was nuked a few weeks ago), is writing. The first post was an explanation as to why I got into writing in the first place.
5} And finally, the fifth topic of choice, was work. 'Nuff said.
Yes indeed, it has been harrowing at times, but overall for the past year, it has been a very rewarding experience. If I had to do all over again, knowing then what I know now, I would do it the exact same way.
So to all my good friends, please join me in wishing my blog a very happy birthday.