Interesting how things change, isn’t it? In the year 2001, Amazon was gaining traction, but not yet a household name. I figured it would be cool to have a blog like the ones I’d seen for other people. Most of them were dedicated to some sort of activity or group, or else they were built into a framework that someone else maintained. Blogspot may have been out there, but I wasn’t yet aware of it, for example. Plus, I wanted to get this domain name and figured I’d probably be posting up lots of photos with the .5 megapixel digital camera I had scored at my job. Oh yeah, Flickr didn’t hit for another year or two.
Anyhow, here’s the site, as documented by the Internet Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20010607041429/http://www.borresens.com/index.htm
So few friends and family had computers, let alone phones, back then, so this mostly went unseen. But, it’s the closest thing to a diary I’ve kept over the years.
Oh, so after FrontPage, there was an open-source WSIWYG editor available that did the same basic stuff, but was free (and more than a little frustrating). I think I used a hosting company called ReadyHosting, and pushed updates by editing pages, then posting them via FTP. When that provider disappeared, I moved completely over to 1&1, and I still use them.
At one point, though, I discovered and started using Blogger (formerly Blogspot) after setting up a Gmail account on a whim. Naturally, I found lots of ways to mess with the stock templates and make it look unique. Then, I learned about WordPress, which started out pretty complicated but got a lot more intuitive over the years. I’m using WP on 1&1 for this very post.
The Blogger pages still exist, but I don’t use them now that this is so intuitive. There’s even an app that makes posting stuff from my phone pretty easy. So there it is – the mostly complete history of Borresens.com.