Any old-school bloggers still posting?
August 27, 2019 9:37 AM   Subscribe

I started blogging in the late 90s and posted regularly for many years. But then a few years ago I decided it was too much work and moved that daily activity over to Google+. Which obviously wouldn't go anywhere ever. Poop. So now it's gone and I'm restarting my blog. I looked around for some OG bloggers from the 90s and early 2000s. And found..... only Kottke???

Nearly ever link in my old blogroll has either gone dark. I only found Kottke and Stupid Evil Bastard still doing it. Are there others? Really looking for folks blogging pre-2002 that are still going.
posted by y6y6y6 to Computers & Internet (92 answers total) 89 users marked this as a favorite
 
Dooce.
posted by jacquilynne at 9:46 AM on August 27 [7 favorites]


Anil Dash is still at it.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 9:47 AM on August 27 [5 favorites]


(Though she is not necessarily *still* going -- she may have stopped and started a couple few times.)
posted by jacquilynne at 9:48 AM on August 27


Well there's me, my blog dates to 2001. Although mostly I post on a different wordpress blog these days, and also Twitter. I think that's the case with a lot of "early bloggers", their content is kind of spread out in lots of places and they may only post on the OG blog every few months. The nice thing about an RSS reader is you still see it when it shows up.

So this answer isn't just a self-link, I'll also offer that Andy Baio and Anil Dash are still out there blogging. Mostly one big meaty article every couple of months. Paul Ford's feed is probably worth adding to your reader too; it may have been a couple of years, but when it lights up it'll be a good one.
posted by Nelson at 9:48 AM on August 27 [8 favorites]


Looks like Everlasting Blort goes back to 2000 and is still updated.

I think John Scalzi's Whatever goes back to pre-2002, though the archives only reach 2002.

Dave Winer is still at it.
posted by jzb at 9:52 AM on August 27 [9 favorites]


Flutterby comes immediately to mind.
posted by OrangeDisk at 9:58 AM on August 27 [3 favorites]


jessamyn works hard to update their blog on a regular basis.
posted by terrapin at 10:04 AM on August 27 [10 favorites]


I am. Jessamyn.com and librarian.net.
posted by jessamyn at 10:04 AM on August 27 [17 favorites]


John Gruber over at Daring Fireball hasn't even deigned to redesign.
posted by Sokka shot first at 10:05 AM on August 27 [14 favorites]


mimi smartypants still blogs. Her archive is still up here, but her new stuff gets posted here.

Heather Havrilesky (of rabbitblog) doesn't blog any more that I can find, but she does have a couple advice columns that I like. Ask Polly on The Cut and Ask Molly, which is mostly subscription only.
posted by misskaz at 10:07 AM on August 27 [8 favorites]


Mimi Smartypants has been around since 1999 and now seems to post about once a month. I love her.
posted by bookmammal at 10:07 AM on August 27 [9 favorites]


My blog's been going for nearly 18 years, updated virtually every day, but its scope is determinedly local. It moved from Blogger through several different stages of Wordpress (hosting went down, etc.) so I don't have a full archive available.

I was part of a group called YULBlog of whom a few of us are still blogging, some from other places now, some quite personally, so I hesitate to link. Maybe half a dozen folks.
posted by zadcat at 10:10 AM on August 27 [5 favorites]


These are Awesome!!!!!! Thank you.
posted by y6y6y6 at 10:11 AM on August 27 [1 favorite]


Oh that reminds me, Maciej Ceglowski's Idle Words is still going. He came to Montreal for a few months in 2004 and wrote some fun things about it, and hung out with us YULBloggers a couple of times.
posted by zadcat at 10:13 AM on August 27 [14 favorites]


Making Light is still around, but updated very rarely at this point.
posted by PussKillian at 10:19 AM on August 27 [2 favorites]




Justin is still around. 25 years.
posted by rdnnyc at 10:31 AM on August 27 [6 favorites]


I am the previously mentioned Flutterby (going since February of '98, baby!), and I also put more personal stuff over on Flutterby.net with RSS of Twitter-like stuff, but to make this less blatantly self-promotional (because what even is the point of blogging any more?): P1k3, The Boston Diaries, PlasticBoy...
posted by straw at 10:42 AM on August 27 [5 favorites]


Is Mike the Mad Biologist from 2004 old enough? Six morning posts and seven link drops per week.
posted by Botanizer at 10:55 AM on August 27 [3 favorites]


jwz is still going.
posted by homodachi at 11:01 AM on August 27 [7 favorites]


I've been blogging on mssv.net all the way back to 2000. Unfortunately Twitter sucks up a lot of my and others' attention and writing time, otherwise I think there'd be a lot more blog writin' and readin'.
posted by adrianhon at 11:10 AM on August 27 [2 favorites]


"because what even is the point of blogging any more?"

I love blogging. I love it as I love few other things. And when more people did it, I felt the world was a better place. And most of the things people call blogs these days are really more like TV shows - Small niche, full of ads, marketing driven, and soooooo sanitized.

Even back in the AOL days before http changed everything I knew I wanted to blog. I wanted to talk to everyone. I wanted to share the stuff I made with every single person on Earth. I didn't have stuff that was really impressive, and I knew it would be largely ignored or lost. Maybe because I had some ideals about freedom? Maybe because I had a massive ego? Maybe I just hoped someone somewhere would find it and be happy.

I did that on Usenet for a while. And on a few ftp servers.

Why do I blog? Two reasons.

1) People love it. Not all people or even many. But over the years the feedback I've gotten has given me that wonderful "mouse pressing a lever" shot of happiness. It's a daily affirmation.

2) It's deliciously egalitarian. The cost of entry makes it impossible for lots of people. But it's still cheap compared to other ways you could have a place you own and talk to the world with it.

Facebook and it's ilk are no solution. You can't own or fix Facebook. You can only join it in Hell.

I'm sure we all blog for our own reasons. I blog because at the technological heart of it, it's the best thing ever.

(mods - delete if answering that here is a no no)
posted by y6y6y6 at 11:25 AM on August 27 [33 favorites]


Atrios - Eschaton. The great-grandfather of all lefty political blogs, still going with barely a redesign.
posted by RedOrGreen at 11:35 AM on August 27 [5 favorites]


Waiter Rant is still updating... on a semi-regular basis, although he's no longer a waiter and the content has shifted to fatherhood and family life.
posted by kimdog at 11:41 AM on August 27 [7 favorites]


And speaking of Eschaton, there are a handful of other political blogs still going. Talking Points Memo still has its editor's blog, Washington Monthly still has its Political Animal blog, and there's also Daily Kos.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 11:42 AM on August 27


Daily Kos, Talking Points Memo, lots of those sites are still going...I remember when people were like, so, is there such a thing as a...GROUP BLOG?

There was a big expansion around 2002 where people like AKMA started. Too bad blogrolls aren't a thing anymore!
posted by wellred at 11:42 AM on August 27 [1 favorite]


Stupid Evil Bastard - that's a blast from the past. Yeah.. combination of work, kids, and general noise, and my blog hasn't been updated in 7 or 8 years. After database updates and having to move domains, not necessarily in that order, everything was broken links so I just left the splash page.

My writing has migrated back to old school pen and paper or word. And at the same time I've lost touch with most of the old blog links.

But thanks for this question, I might check some of the old crew out again.

I do check out Lance Arthur now and then, as well.
posted by rich at 11:44 AM on August 27 [1 favorite]


things magazine is just about to turn 18. We're only occasional these days but hope we still count.
posted by srednivashtar at 11:54 AM on August 27 [9 favorites]


Mine's still there, closing in on 19 years, but I've never been especially popular.
posted by uberchet at 12:09 PM on August 27 [2 favorites]


My blog started as a hardcoded HTML thing in 1994, switched to a blog in 2002. So I'm an OG blogger, just not one of the popular ones.
posted by kimberussell at 12:26 PM on August 27 [5 favorites]


Cockeyed.com! Est. 1998.
posted by prewar lemonade at 1:37 PM on August 27 [5 favorites]


As noted, my personal blog's been up since 1998. The pre-2002 archives are not online, because they were handrolled html rather than created using blogging software. However, if someone is really determined to get those first three and a half years, they're available through archive.org (and also, some of them are collected in my book Your Hatemail Will Be Graded)

The OP's experience with Google+, incidentally, is one reason I always suggest people keep and maintain their own site. In the time my blog Whatever has existed, AOL, Geocities, Angelfire, Friendster, Livejournal, Myspace and Google+ have all come and gone (either entirely or are still around but nonentities), and only the most optimistic would think Facebook and Twitter will last forever, or would want them to (although I suspect the latter will go before the former).

Keep your own site; update it from time to time. It's useful.
posted by jscalzi at 2:06 PM on August 27 [18 favorites]


That's why I try to keep posting.

These days, my blog auto-posts to Twitter when I post. It used to also post to FB, but FB shut that down.
posted by uberchet at 2:12 PM on August 27


Mefi's Own Charles Stross has a blog
posted by lalochezia at 2:32 PM on August 27 [6 favorites]


Me. 18 years and counting. Though admittedly reflecting back my Instagram posts is a lot of the stream these days.

Do I get bonus points for listing your site on San Diego Bloggers back in the day? I sold the domain a long time ago but I exhumed it (and links to internet archive urls) a few years ago. Check it: artlung.com/archive/sandiegobloggers.com/
posted by artlung at 2:35 PM on August 27 [3 favorites]




Also in searching my email I found an email from you from May 5, 2006 submitting BeaverCheese Org to San Diego Bloggers which just about made my day.
posted by artlung at 2:48 PM on August 27 [2 favorites]


Never did get all those cheeses. Three short I think.
posted by y6y6y6 at 2:50 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]


I've been updating mine (on average, less than monthly) since early 2000 but I'm here actually to suggest The Gus who's been posting his musings almost daily since 1996.
posted by Rash at 2:51 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]




I was blogging circa 99/00, and pretty consistently for about a decade, although with breaks and transitions from one subject matter to another.

If anyone would recognize anything I did, it would be Portland Communique, an experiment in what was then being called "stand-alone journalism" that was widely-read in Oregon blog and political circles. Or, possibly, the "gang blog" I ran to discuss David Weinberger's seminal book Small Pieces, Loosely Joined with participants both known and unknown.

I've actually jumped headlong (although URL hopefully to change soon; waiting to hear back from the .blog folks) back into the routine blogging thing this year (in part because I left a local micro-nonprofit I'd started and had a gigantic hole in my life, I think).
posted by theonetruebix at 3:08 PM on August 27


Pete Prodehl has been blogging at Rasterweb.net since 1997.
posted by svdodge at 3:15 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]


There's this one guy named Matt Haughey who has been posting since 2000. Not sure if anyone here knows him.
posted by dmit at 3:24 PM on August 27 [7 favorites]


My site started as a website on 12/31/95 and became a blog early in 2001. Still updated at least once or twice a month - including last night!
posted by COD at 3:26 PM on August 27 [2 favorites]


It says Kottke in the question, though!

I haven't updated mine in about 5 years, but the archives are still up, so I guess it still exists? The cobbler's children have no shoes, and I work on websites all day every day, so like many people who do, I've given little attention to my blog in that time. Still up counts for something, though!
posted by limeonaire at 3:46 PM on August 27 [2 favorites]


I'm still around, although not blogging... and barely even RT'ing anything on Twitter anymore... but just you wait for my podcast with NowThis... we have a domain and everything ... any day now... real soon... ;-)

(I do miss blogging - and I still read a lot of the people mentioned in this thread.)
posted by Medley at 3:47 PM on August 27 [2 favorites]


Jenny Trout. I don't know if she goes back to 2002 but she must come close.
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:48 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]


Cardhouse. Hello. '94 club.
posted by user92371 at 4:06 PM on August 27 [6 favorites]


Dave Winer is still posting. Pretty much continuously since 1994.
posted by dweingart at 4:49 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]


Languagehat updated his blog today. His pull-down archive listing goes back to July 2002.
posted by zadcat at 5:51 PM on August 27 [10 favorites]


I still check in on Paul Bausch's blog every so often (aka MeFi's own pb, the father of the permalink -- as old-school as you can get!).

(I started with "here's what I'm up to" web updates in the '90s and adopted blog software in the early '00s, but basically stopped writing as work got more intense and I got discouraged with people scraping my site and putting up ads. My blog wasn't famous or anything but I did meet a few interesting people/opportunities because of it. Now I do most of my online writing here on mefi, although every so often I do have thoughts about restarting blogging again.)
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 7:22 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]


I've been killing my "blog" (sic, victoryshag, wtfttfg, dobbs.la, burningthedays, etc.) semi-regularly and popping it up under another domain name since 1995! Now at Volver.to, where I mingle it with my business.
posted by dobbs at 7:36 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]


A few more: Follow Me Here, Workbench, and I think Boing Boing kind of counts.

I'm suddenly sad after visiting a couple dozen dead links. I used to blog but now I just retweet a lot. I miss World New York.
posted by sudama at 8:36 PM on August 27 [2 favorites]


My blog has been up since March 23, 2008. It's pretty obviously on life support now, though.
posted by bryon at 9:42 PM on August 27


I’ve been going since 2000 and still post at least once a week.

There’s also MetaGrrrl and Giles Turnbull.

I don’t know if I’m imagining it, some kind of confirmation bias or if it’s just people I know, but I think gradually more people are blogging, after a lull, and that makes me happy.
posted by fabius at 3:40 AM on August 28 [4 favorites]


Mary Anne Mohanraj - a science fiction writer, sex activist, english professor, cancer survivor, parent, cookbook author, politician, openly poly queer activist, and founder of SLF - has been blogging since December 1995 and still going strong!
posted by MiraK at 7:25 AM on August 28 [3 favorites]


My own Creative Good blog started in 1997 (predating the term "blog").
posted by mark7570 at 7:45 AM on August 28 [4 favorites]


I recently revived my daft blog (MeFi Projects) after 15 years of stagnation. It's slightly less bloggy than it used to be (no dates/permalinks for notes), things have changed over the years so content is spread out slightly differently (social media for throwaway bits & bobs and announcement, home page for nicely presenting new things, standalone pages for each main feature)
posted by malevolent at 8:14 AM on August 28 [1 favorite]


I built my Celtic Studies Resources Website in 1997; at first, it was on AOL. I had a section at the top of the Home page called What's New. It was hand-coded, but this is what it used to look like. I started using Blogger and other similar tools in 2002. I moved from hand coded on AOL to my own domain, to using Radio and Blogger and MovableType. Now I self-host on WordPress. Celtic Studies Resources and IT: are both still going.

So is Absolute Write, both the site and the forums. And so is Boing Boing.
posted by medievalist at 9:24 AM on August 28 [2 favorites]


All a bit more sporadic than back in the day, but...

All & Sundry
Amalah
Fluid Pudding
posted by LKWorking at 11:04 AM on August 28 [2 favorites]


Going back over old broken links and seeing what remains and what's only on archive.org is an experience.

Anyway, Burningbird.
posted by holgate at 11:36 AM on August 28 [1 favorite]


Hullabaloo aka Digby's blog

mourning all of my own blogs and tumblrs and fotologs... those were the days
posted by dbrown at 11:47 AM on August 28 [1 favorite]


• Peter Rukavina (1999) at https://ruk.ca
• Steven Garrity (2000) at https://actsofvolition.com
• Chris Campbell (2002) at http://bitdepth.org
• Matthew Perpetua (2002) http://www.fluxblog.org

Related, I just logged into my 2002 blogger to see if it still works. I also neglect wordpress, tumblr, and medium now.
posted by boost ventilator at 11:47 AM on August 28 [3 favorites]


I started my Welsh-language blog in April 2001, and have recently started blogging again after a fallow patch, during which my Wordpress installation got hacked/infected, so no archives until I summon the patience to sort that mess out. For the first year or more I was the only person blogging in Welsh, and got to explain blogio to various bemused TV and radio presenters.
posted by ceiriog at 3:45 PM on August 28 [2 favorites]


I don't see greg.org on this list, relevant at 18 and defiantly old school.
posted by proscriptus at 5:13 PM on August 28


I'm still writing, since 2001. Mostly just for myself, and I was never a heavily-trafficked site. Props to everyone here who had/has a blog and especially to those of you who have stuck with it.
posted by idiotking at 6:40 PM on August 28 [2 favorites]


Many of these, and others which are still active, were featured as "Blog of the day" on my old blog growabrain.
And in 2010 I switched to growababy, which I still update religiously.
posted by growabrain at 11:38 PM on August 28 [1 favorite]


Waxy will hit 20 in a couple years, and I plan to keep going. I'm not very happy with my CMS right now, it's very tedious for me to post after Wordpress's Gutenberg update. That, combined with general busyness, has definitely slowed me down but I expect to be back to longer-form writing once I have it sorted.
posted by waxpancake at 12:42 AM on August 29 [4 favorites]


Wine and Life:
posted by DJZouke at 6:09 AM on August 29


Coudal Partners' Fresh Signals microblog is still relatively active, and Avoision still posts regularly.

I really wish I hadn't let my own blog go silent. I keep meaning to set it back up.
posted by me3dia at 7:55 AM on August 29


kirk.is - my own since late 2000.

It sprang from keeping a PalmPilot list of quotes and thoughts, in the 90s - I wish "commonplacing" (i.e. collecting passages from various sources into one place) was more of a well known term, because it's a delightful practice - almost every half-remembered quote that comes to mind, I can search my own site and get the exact wording.

These days I mirror most things on FB, since the little homebrew message board I setup dwindled and got overrun by spammers. But still, I love having a canonical place to archive what I've encountered in life.
posted by kirkjerk at 8:29 AM on August 29


Hi!
posted by werty at 8:47 PM on August 29 [3 favorites]


When I speak at blogging conferences (which are still a thing!) I like to say that I've been "blogging since before blog was even a word". And I have. I started on 16 August 1997.

My personal blog has been mostly dormant for the past couple of years -- although I'm in the process of reviving it -- but I repurchased my personal-finance blog a couple of years ago, and that's still going strong. (It's a blog that the MeFi community helped launch in 2006!)
posted by jdroth at 10:18 PM on August 29 [4 favorites]


My own blog is still going, since late 2001, mostly imported tweets and cross-posted things from other places, with the occasional weeknote weaknote. So it's kind of back in the spirit of what blogs were before Movable Type made everything an Article with a capital A. I make zero claims to any kind of notice or notoriety, but I did once receive nice emails from Paul Ford and Jason Kottke.
posted by macdara at 6:13 AM on August 30 [2 favorites]


pb made a roundup of the blogs here. Now all we need is the OPML file!
posted by Nelson at 10:00 AM on August 30 [6 favorites]


Me. Started December 2000.
posted by brainwane at 12:12 PM on August 30 [2 favorites]


Actually, I was led to this Ask by Kottke! I started posting drivel on the web 19 years ago this month, bought a domain in 2004, and have been daily for 12 years, with a goal of three sentences as something to do in retirement. Sometimes I use links from MetaFilter, sometimes I beat the front-page posters by a day or two. Dispatches.
posted by channaher at 3:09 PM on August 30


The TBTF Log ended in 2001, a year after TBTF wound down; I've been blogging (irregularly) at http://recoveringphysicist.com since 2005 and at http://kindadifferent.net since 2015.
posted by theoriginalkdawson at 5:00 PM on August 30 [1 favorite]




The Peculiar One (caution may be NSFW) looks like since 2001
posted by robbyrobs at 4:55 AM on August 31


Internet Monk is a weird case. It started in 2000. The original writer died in 2010, but the site has kept going with his successor for the past 9 years. (It's also almost undoubtedly outside of the wheelhouse of many Mefites, being conservative Christian and concerned with Christianity and theology, but that's neither here nor there.)
posted by Hactar at 8:36 AM on August 31


Daniel "Dannyman" Howard has been at it since 1996.
posted by peeedro at 2:36 PM on September 1


I just passed 20 years on my little corner of nonsense - www.gordonmclean.co.uk...
posted by snowgoon at 5:34 AM on September 2 [1 favorite]


I just realized that my old blog hosting is costing me insane amounts of money, and I have paid thousands since 2003.

But yeah, that old tight community of bloggers disappeared under the deluge of easy tools to consume content.

Now I don't even bother telling people that I blogged. They don't understand.
posted by kadmilos at 6:40 AM on September 2 [1 favorite]


Fred Clark, Slacktivist
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 5:25 PM on September 2 [2 favorites]


Right on the front page of my site I proudly display:
davidgagne.net is the personal weblog of David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.
posted by GatorDavid at 9:01 AM on September 3 [1 favorite]


Tony Pierce, aka the busblog, is still keeping it real.
posted by photomattmills at 9:20 AM on September 3 [2 favorites]


Myself at Artifacting
posted by hubs at 11:35 AM on September 3


My blog, The Null Device, is still up and (just about) going after over 20 years. My rate of posting has dropped somewhat (due to fewer people reading blogs and less time to write), though I do do a records-of-the-year post at the end of each year and sporadic posts about other things. (The last two were from May, about Eurovision and the Australian election.) I have been thinking recently of getting back into it, and to wit have moved the site to a new server and finally installed a HTTPS certificate.
posted by acb at 9:37 AM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Jim Leff's Slog
posted by valannc at 9:09 AM on September 5


The absurdist semi-fictional Kafkaesque writings of Miguel at Metamorphosism, an American raising a family in Austria, are still going and still just as funny, 18/19 years later.
posted by Molesome at 8:58 AM on September 6


Was really, really nice to see that people still read what I write. And even better to read what you all are still writing.
posted by anildash at 8:51 PM on September 18 [3 favorites]


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