In early 2001, I started Semi Truths as a forum for my own writing. I have always wanted to be a columnist, but this little thing called â€œa regular paycheckâ€ kept beckoning. So, I started writing on the webâ€¦
A year later, I saw these things called â€œBlogsâ€. Interesting. Instead of sweating over long essays whenever I could find the time (no more than two or three times a month), I could write short, pithy comments interspersed with longer essays. Cool. So Semi Truths became a blog.
Back then, though, the most adaptable tools for creating Weblogs were the same kind of tools we used to create all websites: you create all your pages locally, then upload them to your web server. Worse, when youâ€™re dealing with .XML and CSS, it was often impossible to even see the results until theyâ€™re actually uploaded onto the site.
I stopped posting regularly onto Semi Truths late in 2003. The site foundered, I moved onto other things, and blogging evolved from a rarified form of expression among technical elites into something that everybody with a keyboard could do. In other words, it grew up.
Now there are new tools, new ways to do this, and I find myself drawn back in. When I have room here, I will list some of my favorite bloggers and why, but for now I just need to roll my sleeves up and get some words out.
Itâ€™s good to be back.