I was listening to the Mac Power Users podcast yesterday and they were talking about blogs over the years. It got me thinking about how my own blogs have progressed over the years. I remember my very first Web site was hosted at Geocities. It wasn't much of a blog back then, but I did update it on a mostly daily basis. It wasn't until February of 2008 that I started blogging. At that time it was really just to track my CCIE Security notes. I never imagined that anyone would read it. That first blog was hosted on Typepad. It wasn't the best fit for me so I ended up moving my content over to a wordpress site that I set up. I honestly don't remember the theme I used, but at some point I came across Tumblr and moved over there. Here's a look at my old tumblr theme:
Tumblr was simple, but still didn't feel like the platform for me. Eventually I went back to Wordpress. I was actually running two sites at the time, http://globalconfig.net, and http://www.brandonjcarroll.com. At the same time I was blogging at TechRepublic, TechTarget, and NetworkWord. It was pretty hard to keep up. Here's a look at the Globalconfig.net theme around that time:
At the same time I was hacking around with http://brandonjcarroll.com and I'm definitely not proud of this theme:
I've opened and closed the doors on a few sites over the years. I've even build training membership sites that have been purchased from me. I've had a ton of ton of fun over the years and have met a number of really great people, all because I started blogging about technology. I don't plan on stopping any time soon. My challenge these days is finding the work/life balance to make sure nobody gets cheated. I have to be fair to my family and fair to my employer. But I never plan on forgetting about you, my readers.