Sunday, 22 July 2012

A trip into my blogging archives

Last weekend I celebrated a year of blogging. But I am afraid, dear readers, that I have not been entirely honest with you all. What what I failed to mention was that this is not my first blog. In fact, I was one of the very early pioneers of "blogging" when I set up my very first website, in about 1998. One of the features on this website I called "Jennifer's Diary", and I wrote an online text diary by updating the page every few days and adding a date at the top. Unfortunately this website (which I believe may actually have been called "Jennifer's World") has long since disappeared.

I set up my first real blog in 2006, when I was first living with my now-husband in our lovely little flat in Worthing. I was delighted to find that it is actually still in existence and can be found here - I had forgotten about most of the entries entirely, and it was a lovely trip down memory lane.

My old blog page

It offers a tantaslising glimpse into my life pre-marriage and pre-children. Considering that I had all the time in the world, the entries are surprisingly short. There are a couple of early forays into vlogging, sadly now lost in the mists of time. Highlights include an exciting tale of drama at the level crossing, a magic cactus and our new tap. With eerie foreshadowing I even included a picture of my cross stitch work in progress, the completed project being blogged about here.

Then, along came a baby, obviously a great time to start a blog, so in early 2010 I had another go. It took me a while to get re-started, and the fairly short-lived result can be found here. This blog was only aimed at my immediate family, the idea being to share pictures of what Harry was getting up to. I knew nothing whatsoever about the community behind blogging, which is probably why it didn't last long. It's a really nice record to have of a couple of months in Harry's early life, including his first steps outside and making his first biscuits.

Then of course this blog came along, and based on previous experience I've kept it going a lot longer than I expected to when I began. Looking back at my old blogs has made me realise how important blogging has become to me, and how much it will mean to me when I'm able to look back at it in the future as a record of this period in our lives.

Do you have any secret blogs from the past?

6 comments:

  1. How lovely to go back and read the things you wrote a long time ago. One day perhaps you will have your blogs printed and put into a book then you will be able to keep them for the children.

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    1. I do intend to get my blog printed out, there are services available to do so. I need to be able to choose the posts (probably not reviews, memes and so on!). If anyone reading this can recommend anywhere, please let me know! I might look in to it for Christmas.

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  2. Printing the blog out as a keepsake is a fantastic idea. I had no idea you were blogging for as long, I had only ever heard of blogs just before I started mine. Hope you have many more blogging birthdays.

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    1. As far as I know, the only people that ever read either of the previous blogs were very close family i.e. Mum, Dad, Sister and Brother! Thank you, I hope that I can keep this one going too!

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  3. Lovely to see your cross stitch 'WIP'

    I had a previous blog too. I keep thinking I must print stuff out...

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    1. I was so surprised to see that post, I couldn't remember writing it! In fact I could only remember a couple of the posts that I had written on both blogs. I do worry about the whole blog disappearing somehow, I do back it up electronically but I would like to have a printed version.

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