Blogging, to me, started back in 2001 with “Going Bananas” — hosted at pitas.com. Before that, I was into the thing that was so popular those days: personal websites. A personal website, as I remember it, was pretty much what most blogs are today, except perhaps with a little less updates. People interact with other personal website owners via cliques, fanlistings, and guestbooks. Pitas, at the time, was normally used as a “recent update” page, a part of the personal website.
Before I start going back in time to look at my blogs, let me state this: I have a disease not yet known to the world called “Blog Change Syndrome”. Seriously. It’s rather severe… in fact it got to the point that I wrote something like this:
Seriously, I might suffer from a blog-changing disease or something. I’m seriously thinking of starting yet another blog. To start anew and get rid of all my old memories. But why do THAT? After all, all those memories are what formed me today, right? Hmm… Right. Maybe I should just go on with this one.
Yeah, it’s that bad. Oh, and one more thing. This list is probably not a complete list, because in all honesty, I’ve forgotten a whole lot of blogs along the way. Okay. Now, let’s start. My first blog: Going Bananas. My entries were very random. A sample entry goes like this:
I’m eating soup!! Oh wait, why do you want to know?
Got accepted to the phone clique, yeah!
Oh, the electricity is showing signs of going down. Don’t you dare! Stupid electicity!
Tommorow’s the last day fo holiday… ='(
Now I’m getting back to my soup.
Oh wait, I saw the Disney video ‘The Miracle Worker’ today, it’s about Hellen Keller in case you haven’t seen it. It’s very touching.
Now I’m really getting back to my soup! Catcha later! After the choir practice!
*It was me going bananas at 05:05 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2001*
I stayed with Going Bananas way until 2003, changing layouts every so often which really helped me with my basic html. Then, I quit Going Bananas and had a domain called Jegeg.Org, but I blogged at pitas anyway. Oh, “jegeg”, btw, means “beautiful” in Balinese. This was May 2003 until September 2003.
I can’t remember what happened next. I think I tried installing some blogging platforms on the domain but failed, and eventually I went back to pitas, this time with a site called “(not yet) insane!” (June 2004). This had an archive that goes until September 2006.
I’m pretty sure this is the period where I had several blogs with one or two posts in them. Anyways, I finally moved to blogger (blogspot), namely to a blog called “Do I look like I freakin’ care?!”, February 2007. Along with “Do I look like I freakin’ care?!” (dillifc for short), I had an Indonesian blog, “Ini Rahasia”. Oh right, I had a different Indonesian blog before too, called “Karena Cinta”. I can’t remember the time period, and at this moment I can’t even remember the address. LOL. I’ve come a long way from the random entries of 2001, though. Here’s a sample entry from dillifc:
no use crying over spilt milk, broken relationships and cut hair
In japanese mangas (which I am fond of), girls who just had their heart broken usually go for a haircut. Now I know why, and it’s not because it gets rid of your past. The truth is, a haircut after a heartbreak gives you something else to lament about. Especially if you go drastic. No matter how you thought you were ready and how good the new cut looks on you, you WILL miss your long hair, or at least feel awkward and think about it. And yes, that gets your mind off thinking about your heartbreak.
It gets better. Once the thought that you have lost your hair for good settles in, you can cheer yourself up some more by indulging in new hair accessories (hey, a new style MUST go with new stuff!)
Now here’s my philosophy… a broken relationship, like hair that has been cut, cannot be mend. However, as time goes by, new hair will grow – and a new relationship will grow as well 🙂
Going through dillifc’s archive, I might consider making a “favorite dillifc posts” blog post later 🙂
Okay, let’s move on… August 2008 I wanted to have a blog dedicated to recording my studying experience. Not much came out of that, however. I only managed to write 8 entries. LOL. June 2009 was a pretty difficult time for me. I moved to tumblr. Another tumblr. Then, two blogs at wordpress. Another tumblr. And here we are back at blogspot. And that was the short history of my blogging life. Reading through all my entries in the aforementioned blogs however, would be a different story. It will give you a roller coaster ride in my less than complicated life. Hahaha. Proceed at your own risk! In fact, it gives me a roller coaster ride as well. It’s funny how sometimes I can’t remember a single thing about a certain post, and other times I can remember exactly what made me write what I wrote and how it affected me.
Blogging, I think, is a very satisfying thing. Of course, it is a lot like journaling (don’t get me started on how many journal changes I’ve had), but it’s also different in a way. Blogging makes you consider things better. You pour your heart out, but with a certain discern: people can find what you wrote. And it makes you write carefully, not always, but most times, considering who might read what you wrote and how the fact that THAT certain person is reading your writing will affect you. Blogging also opens the possibility of interaction, with friends (who can learn more about you and how you view things) or with total strangers who just happen to land at your site. And even when they just stumble and leave no mark for you to know, you might have touched their lives in a way only your blog made possible.