Fifteen years of blogging

Trivia entry for the week: Yesterday this blog apparently celebrated its 15th year of existence.  It looks like the first entry was February 18th, 2005.

I say "looks like" because the publication date actually says December 14th, 2006.  But that's almost certainly an artifact of the way the first versions of LnBlog stored date metadata - they didn't.  The date at which an entry was "published" depended on the file path.  Since storage is file-based, each entry goes in a folder like entries/2005/02/18_1200/, which corresponds to the date and time that I hit the "publish" button.  That part of the system actually hasn't changed in the last 15 years, but what has changed is that the publication date is now stored in the entry metadata, along with everything else.  At some point (presumably in 2006) when I added the date to the metadata, there was apparently a bug in the code such that it didn't properly fetch the publication date from the path.  So a bunch of early entries actually show the wrong publication date.  I should probably fix that at some point.

Despite the fact that I have few to no regular readers, I'm slightly proud of myself for sticking with this blog this long.  My level of posting consistency has varied radically over the years, but I've always come back to it, for at least a few posts a year.  There's something to be said for that, though I'm not sure exactly what.

I'm also slightly proud of myself for keeping this blog more-or-less working that long.  It's powered by LnBlog, which is the first real PHP program I wrote, starting in late 2004 to early 2005.  I wrote the entire thing myself, from scratch with no framework, starting in PHP 4 and now evolving into PHP 7.  And it's actually got a fairly decent feature set, so I consider it a minor accomplishment that it's still working.

For the last couple of months, I've been trying to do the weekly post thing, taking advantage of the "scheduled publication" feature to write things in advance and automatically spread out the publication.  This week is actually the first one in a couple of months that hasn't had a Saturday post (mostly because I was getting ready for vacation and didn't get around to writing anything).  We'll see how long we can keep that up.  But hopefully I'll be able to keep some level of consistency going for another 15 years.

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