Happy Birthday Little Weblog

Librarian.net is eight years old today!

You can take a peek at what it looked like when I first started it up, April 20, 1999. Back then we didn’t have CMSes and I had to upload the webpages uphill both ways in the snow to bring you all these excellent links. I didn’t have comments (though to be fair, I was slow on that bandwagon even once I moved to Movable Type). I based my design on Jesse James Garrett’s Infosift which predated lib.net by almost a year. I met Jesse mainly because I asked for design help [and to ask if he minded if I copied him] and my friendship with him and a big group of early bloggers paved the way to my work with MetaFilter and a lot of my interest in 2.0 technologies. Today I’m in Dodge City, Kansas preparing to give a talk about the big 2.0 thing and I’ll see if I can wrap all that in together and make it make sense to folks who don’t have a bunch of stuff on Twitter and who may wonder “Why MySpace?”

10 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Little Weblog

  1. Yay! Happy birthday.

    I’m glad you still have the original pages. It’s always interesting to go back and look at the way sites looked a few years ago, and when old content is all republished in a new format, I think something historical is lost.

  2. Congratulations – wow, eight years old. Perhaps blogs age backwards, like their archives – the older you are, the fresher and more hip to the now. Certainly true in this case.

  3. Happy birthday, librarian.net. Just think, next year you’ll get to play with all the cool games, none of that babyish ages 3-8 sh!t, no sirree.

  4. Good to know your still working on it!

    Also good to know just how many talks you keep doing!


  5. You’re probably tall enough to ride on the rollercoasters now, too! Happy (belated) birthday!

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