This is my 2000th blog post. My 1000th post was over four years ago. Interesting things have happened since then:
- We made a Myst island birthday cake, which got on Boing-Boing, and then noticed by Robyn Miller. This was just one of many cakes featured here. I was amused that at PyCon two weeks ago, more than one person said, “I read your blog — the cakes are great.”
- Susan’s book came out, which lead to the Today show.
- I got a new job at Tabblo, partly because Antonio found me through my blog (I just noticed that the first comment on that post was from my friend David Pitkin who three months later joined us at Tabblo). Later Tabblo flooded, and then in unrelated news, was acquired by HP.
- Got into fights (debates? robust dialogs?) with other bloggers: Joel Spolsky is a crotchety old man, and Titus wouldn’t know a sensational title if it bit him in the ass.
- Susan and I had dinner at the White House.
- I wrote up my spam prevention technique which continues to draw debate.
- I reconnected with a small but loyal band of ex-Digital employees.
- I enjoyed a number of political debates engendered by the recent presidential election as well as my continuing cheerleading for gay marriage equality.
- I lost and regained this domain.
- I got slashdotted and dugg for animating Román Cortés’ Homer in CSS, forcing me to switch hosting providers.
- I released some side projects: coverage.py, Aptus, cog, and hyphenate.
Apart from specific posts, there are larger themes. I’ve written occasionally about disability (most recently, Obama’s special joke), and have been touched by the people who contact me because of it. My blog is mostly about software and things of interest to software types, which maybe makes it more special that I can sometimes reach the sub-culture of software types living with a disabled child. It isn’t something we engineers feel comfortable discussing, but it’s an important aspect of our lives, so it’s good to give it some air time now and then.
More times than I can recall, I’ve written blog posts to explain what I know about a topic, knowing that I will know even more after reading the comments posted here. This is incredibly valuable to me, both because of the knowledge gained, and as a reinforcement of community.
The volume of posts here has waxed and waned with the availability of time, and my interests during that time, but I’ve always valued the connections I make via this site. Thanks everyone, for helping to make it what it is.