Last night I received notice that I had signed up for Word Press exactly two years ago. Yes, this is my two year blogiversary! Two years ago I had no idea what this thing called “blogging” was all about. I knew I needed to do it, but that was about it. Of course this makes my very first post even more ironic. The first post was to be taken very much tongue-in-cheek and was supposed to be a humorous beginning. A few friends saw it, but few others. So, here it is, in it’s unedited glory, the very first post on Trent’s World, the Blog!
How I (Almost) Invented the Blog
(As my inaugural WordPress blog I thought it would be appropriate to write about – How I (Almost) Invented the Blog)
I bet you didn’t know I invented a lot of devices in everyday use and quite a few trends and fashions. It’s true. I’m not famous now because I never followed through on any of my great ideas. Sometime down the road I would see something I thought of and say, “Wow, if only…” I’ll give you a few examples, mostly from my younger days.
My parents live close to a busy road with high-speed traffic. If you see their house you may think I’m exaggerating, but as a kid the road noise used to bug me. When I was about 16 I decided we needed to put some devices out front. These devices would have a microphone that picked up the street noise. They would then invert the phase and play the resulting sound out a speaker at the same volume level as the original sound. If they were set up correctly this should cancel out the sound so we wouldn’t hear the road noise in the house. As an adult I love my Bose Noise Canceling Headphones. The people at Bose obviously heard me describe my invention and stole it from me.
Of course I also innovated in the arts. I always had a very eclectic taste in music. I once thought it would be great to combine some of the different styles for a new music. I was even in a band that played traditional Celtic music with a jazz drummer, reggae bassist, punk rock guitarist and techno pop keyboardist (me). We were awful, but when I started to hear the new sound of “World Music” I heard some combinations almost as dreadful. To be honest, there are also some World Music artists that are pretty sensational.
And of course I’ve been a trend setter from way back. Microwave ovens started to become ubiquitous at about the same time there were some major protests, like “No Nukes!” and “Save the Whales!” I once saw a cartoon where a bunch of confused people held signs that read “Nuke the Whales!” My young mind, for some odd reason, thought this was the most hilarious thing ever. I started copying it. Of course, one place that was easy was using radiation for cooking. So I was always joking about “nuking my food in the microwave.” Most of the people around me didn’t think it was funny. Microwave radiation was not the same thing as radiation from a nuclear bomb or atomic power plant. I didn’t care and continued to say it. Almost 6 years later I saw an episode of a sit-com where a teen star used “I’ll just nuke something in the microwave” to get laughs. So 6 years from people giving me blank stares and rolling their eyes to it being a Hollywood punch line and another 3 years or so for it to be so common nobody ever thinks of saying anything else.
It was at about this time that I decided I should start writing down some of my ideas and publishing them. I thought I could also write some other stuff, like short stories, philosophy, reviews. I don’t know why I imagined anybody would care. I toyed with the idea, but again missed my chance of making history and let it slide by.
A few years later I thought of it again. I started watching political shows and was always disgusted that the people who were supposedly arguing my side acted like idiots. All they did was attack the opposing side and rant about ideology with no substance. Both sides did it, but it embarrassed me that my side would be so low. I thought about my idea of publishing stories and editorials and thought maybe a series on socio-economic theory and politics would be in order. By this time the Internet and World Wide Web were actually starting to enter the public consciousness so it would actually be possible.
I started writing articles in my head. It would be great. Maybe I could become and expert and stop this awful ranting type of political banter. Of course I never had time to do the needed research to actually make these articles useful.
In the mid-1990s I set up some web servers (actually intranet, not Internet) and started writing web pages. After a few years creating pages for others I finally had the tools I needed and started my own web page. Part of this page was a series of articles. I coded each one in HTML by hand along with the rest of my web page. I was also writing web pages professionally and working on Intranet and Internet pages for my day job. And I was taking programming classes. I had recently been married and we were starting our life together in a new house and… I just didn’t have the time I thought I would. I tried, but the ideas dribbled, then trickled, then stopped.
Of course by that time blogs not only existed but were becoming huge. People who did them only wrote the articles, they didn’t code them into HTML. I had been passed up, just as I had with my foray into multimedia a few years earlier (the professional web pages I created were through my company Micro Magic Multi-Media). Just as I had with almost everything else I had “invented”.
As I was thinking about starting my new blog I took a look back at some of the articles I posted. There were only a little over a dozen, most posted in the couple of months just after I created the web page, the rest spread out over 5 years. They were mostly centered on the arts, never politics. And, frankly, most of them weren’t that good. Maybe it’s for the best that I missed that opportunity.
So, want to find out what the next big thing is going to be, or perhaps what it already is but I have just missed it? Then follow this page….
And it went downhill from there ;)