The other day I thought to myself “I wonder if I’m close to 1,000 blog posts?” I checked and realized that I had blew past 1,000 without even realizing it! This post is officially number 1,008.
My first post was 11 years ago on November 20, 2005. The first 296 posts were on the old Blogger theme and hosted on SportsLizard, before moving over to Adam-McFarland.net and then AdamMcFarland.com. It is literally impossible to read through the posts, which is why I created the Best-Of and Timeline pages a while back.
Post #500 was in 2009 so my pace has unsurprisingly slowed considerably, although my desire to continue to post is as strong as ever. Blogging has been such a great experience for me. I’ve met so many great people and cultivated so many relationships that I would have missed out on. I’ve been able to use writing as an outlet. I’ve become a better writer in general just through sheer volume. And I have this amazing public journal connecting me back to the time when I had just left college and was working as an engineer at Schick. It feels like a lifetime ago, but I can somewhat relive it by pulling up a few posts.
While it’s tempting to post on Medium, Twitter, LinkedIn, or whatever the publishing-platform-de-jour is, there is a great satisfaction in running your own site and not being beholden to someone else’s platform…even if it may mean less of an audience. A lot has come and gone since 2005, but I’ve never had to worry about losing all of my content.
I have no clue if I’ll hit 2,000 posts or not. If I do, it probably will take longer than 11 years to get there! I’m 35 now, so maybe by age 50?