One Year Anniversary

October 12, 2010 · 14 comments

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One year ago yesterday, October 10, 2009 I posted the first article on this blog. Oh, this is not the first blog I’ve had, nor the only writing I’ve done for online publication. Sometime in 1996 I built my first website, a personal “journal” as they were then called. Since then I’ve tried all manner of blogging, niche, personal and highly opinionated. A couple have reached a page rank of 3, certainly nothing to brag about.

A year ago I wrote a post called everything matters.
Life is like a blog; all parts matter to someone. Bickering about, “content is king” or “if the design is inferior no one will read it”  is like saying I like bread but don’t eat the crust. It doesn’t matter whether you like the crust. I have never seen bread baked without crust. It is the nature of bread to have crust. All blogs have design, although some can literally hurt the eyes. All blogs have content, even if you only see “Just Another WordPress Weblog.” This is the nature of blogs.

Now I celebrate the anniversary of this blog. Having written in various capacities for Internet content, I decided this was to be the last blog I would ever do. A year later I have not changed my mind. In fact, the name, WebLog Redux is indicative of what I consider my brain dump, a place where I can write anything – at least for now. I considered a rejuvenation of the desire to write  to to just that.

All blogs have content, even if you only see “Just Another WordPress Weblog.” This is the nature of blogs.

At first I started with what I know best – computer technology and web development. Over the last year I’ve worked up the nerve to approach religion and politics; nothing is more provocative than these things. Here are some things I’ve learned during the year, and from previous blogs I’ve had.

  • Most blog writing is either bullshit opinion or tech related.
  • Blogging about how to increase your readership is so content redundant it has become content ridicules.
  • The chance that you will actually make money by merely blogging is less than winning the lottery. Prove me wrong.
  • A name in the social media world means retweets from people who will actually read a blog. But…
  • Otherwise, Twitter is not a good promotional tool for a blog. Facebook blows, and is rife with bored adherents.
  • The only reason to write a blog is personal enjoyment.
  • I hope you find this uplifting. I love satire.

I will be continue to try to post once a week – key is try. For those who read and react to what I write, thank you. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Irish blessings.

May those that love us, love us.
And those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles
So we will know them by their limping.


mari October 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I started blogging in early 2002 when a paid member at LiveJournal gave me an invitation. I didn’t blog there much. I blogged more at Diary-X. I eventually bought my own domain, though, and taught myself the ins and outs of WordPress in January 2006 and have been very happy!
mari´s last blog ..apex book sale!My ComLuv Profile

Hal Brown October 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm

It is a writing outlet, and the only reason I continue. Thanks Mari.

Kissie October 13, 2010 at 8:18 am

“Most blog writing is either bullshit opinion or tech related.” Hilarious and well said, rather well defined. :-)

I appreciate the blessing, now to see if I can commit that one to memory. Love it!

Congratulations to you and thank you for the new vocabulary words, tips, advice, suggestions, amusement, and all. So glad we met and … through Twitter (for the record) so there’s the good in it.
Kissie´s last blog ..The Ultimate RockMy ComLuv Profile

Hal Brown October 13, 2010 at 9:12 am

Thank you Kissie. You are a wonderful person, and I too am glad we met. In fact, I’ve met several people on Twitter who would be interesting to meet in person someday – I doubt that will happen, but who can say?
If it wasn’t for meeting some good people on Twitter (like you) I doubt I’d use it. You make it worth the effort.

All the best to you.

Kissie October 19, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Awww, I’m just seeing this. I would have eliminated some of my earlier comment.

Hey, do you have the new G.A.S.P. plugin?
Kissie´s last blog ..New Theme- Other Changes- and Future CompanyMy ComLuv Profile

Hal Brown October 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm

No problem. Keep saying it. Its good for you to compliment me. :-)

Mari B October 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Belated congrats on your one year anniversary. To encourage your continued posts I’ll remind you that although we, too, met through Twitter like you and Kissie, your insights broadcast here fueled our friendship. I always appreciate your teaching me some of what you’ve learned. Plus you’re the only guy I know whose friends Mari A. and Mari B. post comments! Write on at your leisure…I’m a loyal subscriber.
Mari B´s last blog ..rhymzwithstarry- @leightonhubbell My RT pleasure Seems like a lack of commentary fr designers re-Gap logo Hardly any time to retract no real design time

Hal Brown October 13, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Yes, I’m so glad to have met you Mari. You, like Kissie are a kind person. I intend to keep posting, maybe just not on a regular schedule. I’m getting too old and too fat and spending too much time on my butt in front of the computer.
The irony of Mari A and Mari B. Wonder if I could land a ‘C’ somewhere?

Thanks for the comment.

Karen Black October 13, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Congratulations on your anniversary. I do hope you continue posting regularly. I never know what I will find each week, but I have never been disappointed.

Missy October 14, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Congrats! Love your recap of “what you’ve learned.” Made me smile b/c your satire is good stuff.

Hal Brown October 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Thanks Missy. Where have you been? Looking forward to your next web project.

Debbie October 15, 2010 at 11:37 pm


Forgive me for my slow response. I read and marked your post earlier in the week, but this is the first opportunity I’ve had to comment. Congratulations on your 1-year anniversary! I have thoroughly enjoyed your posts and will continue to do so. There have been many that have given me pause left me with a smile and/or provided moments of contemplation. Thank you!

PS – We also met on Twitter. Just thought I’d point that out. :)
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Hal Brown October 16, 2010 at 8:14 am

Thanks Debbie. Yes of course I remember meeting you on Twitter. You, along with Mari A and Mari B, Kissy, Missy … Wow, most of my friends are women. But then there’s Randy, and some other guys I talk with occasionally.
I really appreciate your support – from the beginning I believe. I’ve been curious why you sorta quit blogging. It is time consuming. You are a wonderful writer. I hope you get back to it.
Cheers and good health.

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