This Thursday will mark my seventh full year of blogging here at Bettnet.com. On July 3, 2001 I redesigned my web site, which had been up for several years before that, to incorporate a blog. Of course, I didn’t even know the word “blog” back then, but that’s what it was. There were no comments for the first year and a quarter and I had to write labriously the HTML code for the first several months.
You can see my first halting entries at the now defunct, but still legible, archive page. To keep things in perspective, I hadn’t yet met Melanie and Isabella was some five years in the future. The sex-abuse scandal hadn’t broken yet and 9/11 was still 2 months in the future. George W. Bush was just seven months into his first term and the big political crisis was embryonic stem cell research.
Since October 26, 2002—the date I began using the then-current iteration of my blogging software—I have written about 9,300 blog entries. In the year and several months before that I wrote at least 700 more. (Some days I was writing 10 entries per day!) So, my estimate is that I’ve written more than 10,000 blog entries in these seven years.
I may not have the oldest Catholic blog around, but it’s older than most. And I hope to have it around for a long time to come.
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