June 7, 2007

I’m feeling this intense desire to read blog comments instead of paying attention to my current writing task at hand, which involves using the annoying terms personal productivity system and, worse, actionable (SHOOT. ME. NOW), so riddle me this, Bat-Reader, how did you get introduced to blogs, or blogging?

My story: in the last part of 2001 JB and I visited southern China; during that trip there was one night when I was hanging around our hotel room waiting for JB, and tooling around on his laptop to pass the time. I can’t explain what happened next, except to say that I was probably feeling a little lonesome for Americana at its finest . . . at any rate, I found myself googling Jean Teasdale, which inexplicably led me to Wendy’s site. I read through all of her archives until it came time for us to head to dinner (where a waiter repeated what I thought was “Chicken hot! Chicken hot!” to me, and I nodded in understanding—hey, I can handle a little spice, my good man—and promptly bit into what turned out to be a chicken heart. Which wasn’t half bad), and from Poundy I eventually discovered many more excellent blogs (well, online journals, as they were called at the time). A few months later, I decided to try my hand at writing on the web, and I’ve been duly blathering away—and reading—ever since.

How about you? When did you start reading blogs, or writing a blog? If you are really feeling generous, you could also tell me how you stumbled upon my blog, because I’d love to know.

PS: if you haven’t seen this video yet, prepare for your day to get about fifty thousand times more awesome. “NOT FUNNY!” Oh, but it is. (Via MightyGirl.)

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Zoot
Zoot
14 years ago

With me it was TWoP to Pamie.com (who was squishy then) and hashai and frolicanddetour and several others. Then I found mightygirl and dooce. Then I started my own, right before Leta was born. From there is when I found all of my other daily reads.

angela
14 years ago

My handwriting began to go down the toilet because I found myself rarely having to write anything that couldn’t fit onto a post-it note. It got to the point where it physically hurt to write long entries in my journal, so I did a net search for “online journal” and diaryland popped up. So I created an account.

Tamara
14 years ago

Zoot – I came to online journals the exact same way, TWoP to pamie, and from there it’s a blur.

Amy
Amy
14 years ago

I googled “greek yogurt” one Sunday afternoon and it somehow led me to your blog. Ditto the reading (and laughing out loud) all day. I’ve been addicted ever since. Thanks!

Kathi
Kathi
14 years ago

I started reading blogs only last year when my son was born and I was nursing him several times a night. I had to find something to do to keep me awake. I found solace in people describing what I was going through with the whole baby thing and I found other blogs through those first ones. I found yours through a link on another blog and have been reading it ever since. It’s one of my favorites!

Caitlin
Caitlin
14 years ago

I was introduced to blogs through (wait for it)…reading Sundry Mourning! It was 2002 and I was but a young student in the land of academia, toiling away at the college library and my coworker (active in the LJ community and savvy to this sort of thing) kept braying wildly and reading things out loud to me and telling me I had to read this “Sundry lady.” So I did (do!), but I barely read any other blogs. Gofugyourself and Feministing regularly, and the occasional clickclickclick fest where I sample a bunch of other blogs then feel weirded out and like a voyeur. You are pretty much the one and only “real person” blog I read :)

Heather C
Heather C
14 years ago

I found on-line journals (as they were called back then) in 1998 when I was doing some research for a class called “Computer Assisted Reporting”. I found one by The Shanmonster, and from there, I found a list with a bunch of different journals. That’s how I found pamie.com (Squishy, at the time), and the wonderful world of on-line forums (fora?). Through Pamie I also found a bunch of other journals. I can’t remember exactly how I came to Sundry Mourning, it must have been linked somewhere. But I’ve been reading your journal for a long time.

I had an on-line journal for a while, but then diary-x crashed, and I realized my life was far too boring to blog about, so I haven’t bothered starting up a new one.

Teralyne
14 years ago

I did a search for something (can not remember what) and uncle Bob came up so I hit the link and got hooked them he linked to Weetabix and that was it I was totaly into reading them. I had always written a jornal myself since eigth grade atleast so I deiced to switch to an online one and I could sent a link to family memebers who moved away. Been writing in it almost daily for about 4 years now.
I also found yours from a link in Weetabix a few years back and read all the archives and now I never miss one. I do not always leave a comment but I do sometimes, ah like now.

Gertie
14 years ago

I was surfing the web one night about 4 years ago and ran across a very funny post, who linked to Dooce, who linked to Bitchypoo. I started talking to everyone about all the funny stories and stuff I was reading online and my sister began pestering me to write my own– and Destination Unknown was born.

I don’t remember how I ended up on Chiara’s Ampersand site, but she linked to you and the first post I read of yours there was a picture of JB’s bare assed self up in the mountains. I had to keep coming back to see if he killed you for posting that photo :

Heidi
Heidi
14 years ago

Pamie (Squishy) was my first intro blogs as well. I honestly can’t remember how, just as I can’t remember how I eventually stumbled across yours. But I do know that Sundry (in it’s various forms) has stood the test of time of daily reading when so many others have come and gone.

Dvlshkitten
14 years ago

I started blogging in 2001 or 2002, I think. I was introduced by my friend, Tori, who was using Diaryland at the time. From there, I started my own and stumbled upon your blog sometime later while going through the most recent posts. I was hooked! I had to stop reading you at work because I’d be busting with laughter and pretty much crying at my desk.

Jhianna
14 years ago

Hmmm…. I’d say TWoP, then Kevin Smith’s blog, then some of the blogs for Rockstar: INXS (and then Supernova), then it kinda exploded.

I was pointed here by someone else linking in, but I have no idea who that could have been. I’m currently at 171 blog feeds on my reader with another dozen I hand check (darn them).

vague
14 years ago

The first blog I remember reading was Chase Me Ladies, which still continues to be hilarious, and I found a lot of the other blogs I read through his comments, and then started my own. I think I found yours here via your Club Mom blog, which I found through Amalah’s Club Mom Blog, which I found via her regular blog. I have no idea why I was clicking around the Club Mom blogs anyway, since I am a single childless slut, myself, but I’m glad I was, since I have found so many blogs I love that way. The day I clicked over here first, you had posted this, which grabbed my attention pretty damned fast, and i have been reading your blog ever since.

Chiara
14 years ago

Yahoo used to have a Cool Link Of The Day back in 1998 and one day, at my first desk job post-college, I clicked and got ye olde Hissyfit, which led me to Pamie, which led me to…everyone, I think. After reading all of Jessamyn’s old diary-x journal I finally sacked up and started my own, just about six years ago. I have never attained the heights of internet celebrity I’d like, but I still can’t stop obsessively recording my little life, regardless of how many or how few people read about it. Too, I’ve made some amazing friends through writing online, which makes it totally worth it.

I found the old Sundry Mourning site through comments in Jessamyn’s blog when she was getting married and I was instantly hooked. I was so nervous to email you, girl, that first time and tell you I thought you were cool; I remember the day we met, when I got up early and did my hair special (i.e. ran a comb through it) because I was so freaked out about meeting you in person. And I think the first thing you ever said to me was “How did your gynecologist appointment go?” True love, people. That’s how it happens.

victoria
victoria
14 years ago

I think TranceJen was my first, then hashai (oh, the days when she was still writing!), then you, Linda. I don’t know how I found Trance, though.

Em
Em
14 years ago

I don’t remember exactly why I started keeping a blog. I don’t really remember reading any blogs at the time, though I’m sure I must have been looking at one somewhere–I doubt I came up with the idea on my own. I was just a bored kid freshly graduated from high school with nothing to occupy her summer aside from a weird part-time job. I suppose I often had funny things I wanted to write about said job, and keeping an online journal seemed like a good venue.

I started reading your page during my second year of college in 2002 or 2003. I found it through 12% beer. Congratulations, you are the only 12% member or alum that I still read.

Dawn
14 years ago

Oh, man, this is reaching, like WAY back. I discovered online journals in general in the spring of 2000 – apparently a kid in one of my classes had one, and the TA for the class had found it and loved it. And mentioned it one day in class, comparing its awesomeness to Dawson’s creek. He didn’t give us the link to the journal directly, but instead gave us the link to a CWRU Diaryland page which had links to all the CWRU kids who had a Diaryland account that had asked to be listed. I was totally hooked. And immediately started my own, although no one really read it because, you know, I didn’t tell anyone where it was. A few years ago when I moved to my own domain I pondered bringing the old Diaryland entries over, and when I went back to read them they were so damn cryptic even *I* had no clue what I was talking about, and I’d written them! Yeesh. So, yeah, 2000 on Diaryland, then off to LiveJournal at the end of 2001 and then to the current dawnie.com home in January of 2003.

Christ, seven years is a lot of random-ass babble to have floating on the internet.

Now, how I found yours? Oh, hell, that was also a very long time ago, circa 2003 (and HOW IN THE HELL has it been FOUR YEARS since then? It seems like just yesterday I was in Austin drinking obscene amounts of Shiner with the MATH+1 folks), and I’m 99% sure it was through MATH+1. It’s possible I saw a link on a different journal to yours, but I can’t think of where it would have been, so I’m going to say good old MATH.

Lisa
14 years ago

I started blogging because we live overseas and everyone back home wants to know every detail of The Boy’s activities. And, I knew I was out of the running for Mother Of The Year when I noticed entire months had gone by since I had updated the baby book. I figured blogging was a good way to keep track of those milestones.

My next door neighbor went to school with Whoorl and got me started on her blog. I found you from there. Once I saw you had an adorable kid the same age as mine- I was hooked!

Laura
14 years ago

I don’t remember when or how I first encountered blogging, but according to my first entry on diaryland this is how it happened: “Alright, I happened upon someone’s diary entry through google.com or something so I says to myself I says “Laura give it a go” so I do.” Riveting, I know. This was way back in 2001 when I was still in high school (damn, yo).

I don’t know when or how I found your blog either, but you were still at diaryland.
Now I read too many blogs for my own good.

Mack
14 years ago

I’d heard of, and read a couple pages, of blogs before but they never peaked my interested then a couple weeks ago my friend linked me to yours, and you were hilarious, so I went back and read through your archives.

It in fact inspired me to start my own blog in hopes that I’d be able to network even slightly…so far, not so good.

warcrygirl
14 years ago

I was all into the message boards but didn’t like that I was limited to such a small space to write. One member of a board I was a member of suggested I try Diaryland. I did and got comments, which led to other blogs and new readers and more comments, lather, rinse, repeat. I found your blog via TranceJen; it was the camping trip where you took a pic of JB saying a hearty good morning to the world…buck nekkid. Nice ass and an even nicer blog.

Audrey
14 years ago

My friend Kat moved to a different state and started a livejournal which i read all the time to keep in touch with her. I eventually realized i was leaving so many comments that i was practically writing my own blog right there in her comments section. So i started my own livejournal. Eventually, through Kat again, I discovered Amalah, and through Amalah the rest of the non-livejournal blog world. I was quickly hooked and ended up moving my blog over to my own domain. And yet, I still comment all over Kat’s lj.

I don’t know specifically how I found your blog. I think i just kept hearing about you on other blogs and came to see what everyone was talking about. Then I found out everyone was right about how good your blog is, and so I kept coming back.

Leah
14 years ago

My intro to blogging is detailed here: http://www.agirlandaboy.com/journal/archives/000842.html

I’m pretty sure I found you through Tall, Gorgeous Kristin, as she seemed to pimp you extra hard back in the day. What can I say, the lady has great taste.

Emily
14 years ago

Hmmm … I was browsing Collegehumor.com during a slow day at work, when I stumbled upon Damn Hell Ass Kings, where I clicked on Uncle Bob. I read him faithfully for about six months, then got deployed. I was sitting in a tent in Kuwait reading Uncle Bob’s archives and being bored and depressed, when it struck me that this “blogging” thing could be an AWESOME way for me to anonymously vent my ever-present hostility at a bunch of strangers, while also keeping my creative juices flowing. It totally worked, and two(ish) years later, I am still — sporadically — writing in the the dang thing. It’s fucking addictive, really, and has yielded me several real-life friends, as well as a plethora of fantastic care packages.

I found your site, I believe, through another Diarylander’s link to your photo entry wherein Cat and Dog were tested to see which would get the biscuit first. Brilliant, my dear.

Yams
Yams
14 years ago

I found you via the Breedorfs. Yours, hers and your aunt Linda are the only ones I read and might I say thoroughly enjoy!

Sarah
Sarah
14 years ago

I was looking something up and found Marn at diaryland and she was so funny. She linked to 12% beer and that’s how I fhoud you.

Karla
14 years ago

I believe I found your blog via Kristin (Debaucherous and Dishevelled) and have been hooked ever since.

I started my old pregnancy blog back in October of 2004 (babycadeau.blogspot.com). At the time it was more of a means to document my pregnancy, and then I discovered that I like comments and well, the rest is history. :)

Chicken heart eh? Mmm. Tasty.

Meg
Meg
14 years ago

I found a site back around 1996 or something, just as it was getting started called http://makeachildsmile.org/. Essentially, it is about sending cards to terminally ill kids, to make their days happier as they go through some pretty tough times. One family sent in regular updates about their kid, and I would get them in a mailing list. I eagerly awaited those emails, and as the site grew, that one kid was the kid whose story I always followed, a little 5 year old girl with Leukemia. Well there were updates for 2 years, and believe it or not, the girl overcame Leukemia! So the mom stopped writing as they went on with their now healthy lives. And I missed hearing her story!!

My husband said, “Have you ever seen Livejournal?” And I went on there, and joined, and still write over there. In the mean time, I discovered Diary-X and Diaryland and wrote in both places, as well, but eventually those fizzled out. For a while I wrote publicly on my own site called Seafoam, but then just started getting really self conscious about everything I wrote being out in the open (most of my stories are work stories, and there’s that whole “don’t write about work on the web unless you want to get fired” philosophy, and all). So now I keep mostly to friends-locked entries in Livejournal.

Also somewhere in there, in the midst of finding cool online journals (Darn Tootin’, which is now Schuyler’s Monster Blog; pamie.com; and hashai.com), I came across JournalCon’s website. I went to 3 of them – San Francisco, Austin, and San Diego. And I met you in the Austin one. I think I talked to you for all of 5 seconds, as I tried very hard to talk to almost everyone there for at least a little bit, but it was hard to socialize with everyone. So I think I ended up sticking with reading your page, after loving your writing that I came across on the JournalCon attendees webpage links.

Amanda
14 years ago

I had a job in the tech business during the dot com boom where all I had to do was sit at my desk and look busy (not as fun as it sounds.) I think I started with TWoP (Mighty Big TV) and Tomato Nation. Leading to Damn Hell Ass Kings and later Amalah.com and then to you. I was pregnant at the same time and wanted to read how other people were handling pregnancy w/out freaking the fuck out.

Jamie :)
Jamie :)
14 years ago

I did the whole diaryland thing back in high school after a large number of my friends joined. I really enjoyed blathering away about my meaningless life, but that eventually came to an end once my family found it (boo!). But, through diaryland, I found a lot of writers who I really enjoyed–you being one of them. I think I found yours through one of your banner ads or maybe in a recently updated list. Either way, I was hooked and have been following your stories ever since. It’s funny…(or creepy, whatever way you choose to look at it)…I’ll sometimes find myself referring to something that you said in an entry and someone will ask who I heard that from and I’ll reply “Oh, my friend in Seattle.” I know, I’m crazy!

Shelly
14 years ago

It was 1998, I believe, when I discovered Pamie (then Squishy). Man, that makes me sound old!

Maria
14 years ago

After being diagnosed with PCOS a couple years ago, I was googling like crazy and stumbled on Flotsam. It was the first blog I had ever read, and I got hooked pretty quick. Her blog became my starting point. I followed the links in her blogroll, checking out different sites, then following links in those blogs. It takes a while to collect a nice set of blogs – people that you can either relate to or are just entertaining.

Your site was easy! First of all, you update frequently so each time I visited, there was something new to read. Then you made me laugh – out loud – really hard!

I started my blog when my daughter was born. It isn’t a “real” blog, more of an online baby book. It is fun to do, and my family really seems to enjoy it, so I’ll stick with it!

Michelle in Maryland
14 years ago

1999, I am pretty sure, I found someone’s Diary-x. And then Uncle Bob. And Anenigma. Pischina. Weetabix. Marn. You. I got totally absorbed within Diaryland – I even did one of the Diary Survivors (the one with Uncle Bob and Ghengis Jon), and have now lost my credibility.

I started a LJ when my real-life friends discovered The Internet, and I needed something to keep them from finding out where I was “really” writing. I’ve moved to anonymoussuperhero.com, and after a few severe crashes, I think we’re getting things worked out. Even after all this time, I’m weary of people who didn’t start writing back when D*Land could list all of its members on one page. Uh, the end.

Laura D.
Laura D.
14 years ago

I found you through Whinger. I’m sad that she’s no longer writing her blog!

Philos
14 years ago

I know I was regularly checking one or two personal sites that had occasional journal-type updates as early as 1996 – in particular there was one on Geocities, back when Geocities actually had some cool personal sites and wasn’t cluttered with advertising crap, that I found while searching for info on HTML so I could make my own home page. But I think really got into regular journal-reading in 98. A friend of my younger sister had a cool site on the New Dream Network (now better known for its DreamHost Web hosting), and that led me to check out some of the other cool sites on the Network, including Zannah‘s multitude of sites. I’ve been keeping up with Zannah’s projects ever since.

I’d kept a notebook journal more or less regularly from 91 to 98, and then stopped at that point as life got too busy. After I moved to Seattle in 2002, Zannah had some LiveJournal sign-up codes to give away, so I took one and that’s when I started blogging, myself. That’s also when I started reading your blog, after our mutual friend John introduced us, as you know.

Bethiclaus
14 years ago

I started reading blogs at least a year before I even thought about writing one, so I guess that was sometime in 2003. I think I first read you a long time ago after following a link from Miss Zoot, but my feed reader refused to acknowledge you back then, so I couldn’t remember to read you regularly. I started reading regularly after I started reading Purple is a Fruit. Probably reverse from most people, but there you go.

Oriah
Oriah
14 years ago

Message boards led to blogs. Message boards are gateway drugs, man. They will take you places you have never been! (And possibly never want to go)

It started out innocently enough with pregnancy information, then led to breast feeding (the horror!) and crunchy moms. Mostly, I think I chose blogs about women who I am not. That was back in ’99/’00. Eventually I joined the ranks of d-land where I whined a lot, for a very long time. What? All the cool kids were doing it!

Please tell J.B. that it is because of him that I got a GPS. Well, because you wrote about him doing the whole ‘geocaching’ thing – and I got hooked. Apparently GPS is a gateway drug as well!

sooboo
sooboo
14 years ago

I read an article about the woman who created blogspot in maybe 2001. I started reading random blogs everyday. It didn’t take me long to figure out that some were much better than others (in terms of daily reading). I think I found you through invinciblegirl? I do remember reading all your archives during a really tough temp job and it saved my sanity.

Naomi
Naomi
14 years ago

I was doing an assignment for Midwifery and I googled “Lotus Birth” – and you came up!!! To date I still think it’s one of your funniest entries. I tell my ante-natal clients to read your blog starting March 2005 and they love it – particularly your honesty about how pregnancy, birth and parenting might not always be pretty or text book – but that we wouldn’t have it any other way.

jonniker
14 years ago

My husband had a blog back when we met in 1999, back when they were personal homepages, or some such crap like that. It’s a long, exceedingly dorky story, but something he wrote on his site (that I later realized was about meeting me!) made me look for more blogs, which means that in some ridiculously nerdy way, his blog was instrumental in getting us together and oh God, that is GEEK.AY.

Anyway, at the time, there weren’t many at all, but I kept my eye on a few sites here and there (I read TWoP and Pamie too), and then, in 2001-ish, I found Dooce because she posted a picture of herself that looked JUST like my friend A., and all of my friends started reading her, etc. etc. and that was that.

I didn’t pony up and start my own blog until 2003 – I don’t even know where those archives are, as I was doing it on some crappy page set up by my now-husband, and it blew up one day. 2004, I started anew on Blogger, and later moved to WordPress, and off we go!

jenna
14 years ago

I entered the blogosphere with the help of a friend of mine who’s a crafter. She sent me a few links to crafty mom blogs after I had my daughter 1 year ago and was desperate for mom wit and wisdom (“Operating Instructions” SAVED me in the first few months and I felt the same salvation when I found your blogs). I then found the club mom website and sifted through the lot of ’em till I found yours. Then I found dooce and her bad mother and on and on and on. Just a few weeks ago, I decided that my personal online journal might as well be public.

Anne L.
Anne L.
14 years ago

I was searching for cat pictures and Bitchypoo came up, and you were one of her links! Back in the diaryland days, woo!

jonniker
14 years ago

And actually, two critical things I feel compelled to add:

1) I had already known my husband when I found out about his blog, so it wasn’t like we met via blogging. I mean, we were geeky, but not THAT geeky

2) I had a Diaryland account back in 2002 that I forgot about, and GOD, that was about a year of random, exceedingly dramatic blather that I am glad is now gone, though where it is, I’ve no idea

3) Despite reading an assload of Diaryland blogs (including Mimi Smartypants, before she was, you know, MIMI SMARTYPANTS), I somehow missed yours, and I didn’t find you until (oh my God) AFTER Riley was born, via the blogger formerly known as Whinger (and who is actually a friend of mine now, hooray!) which makes me kind of sad, as I missed out on so much while it was happening, like JB leaving the hand in the sausage which, as you know, never fails to crack me up. I have the page bookmarked for when I need to giggle, no shit.

jonniker
14 years ago

And oh christ, that was three things. I am wicked smaht.

Erica
14 years ago

Wow. Wendy @ Poundy was my first blog experience, too – I found her searching for weight watchers recipes, needless to say the ones she had were not exactly what I was looking for. That led me to Weetabix and you and writing my own for a couple of years and then moving it and then quitting it and then starting it up again along with two more on which I chronical events in the lives of my daughters.

Becky
Becky
14 years ago

I had googles Bare Minerals Foundation and it lead me to you!

Swistle
14 years ago

My husband sent me a link to a funny post about learning to knit on http://www.bobofett.com/index.html, and she had you in her link list and that’s how I found you. And furthermore, that’s pretty much how I got into reading blogs, by continuing to follow links in blogrolls. I still remember not understanding the concept of the blog. I was like, “So…it’s like a diary? But public? I don’t get it.”

Kizz
14 years ago

Oh my god get out of my head! I was with a friend tonight walking our dogs and she asked the exact same question. Back in the mid to late 90s I somehow found Dawson’s Recap (now TWoP) through the magic of many idle hours at a desk job. I read it faithfully and hated to wait a week for the next installment so through links in the text I found Tomato Nation and Hissyfit. I think Darn Tootin’ was my first non-television-related blog, back when Schuyler was just a toddler. I would love to tell you how I got to SundryMourning but sadly the whole internet is a blur and I can’t remember. I didn’t start blogging until 2004, held off as long as I could but finally couldn’t resist the pull.

Liz
Liz
14 years ago

You said something in Amalah’s comments that made me click on your link. I don’t remember what it was but it wasn’t bad. :) I realized you lived in my area and you were funny so I kept reading!

Keaton
Keaton
14 years ago

Your blog (online journal, rather) remains the only one that I read to this day (though I do dabble in the occasional online comic *cough*Achewood*cough*). I was introduced to it by an ex-girlfriend who said to me one day, “You’ve got to check out this pregnant lady’s website. She’s totally hilarious.” A few months later, you did the night time schedule entry (jimmy leg!) and about died laughing, or felt a great deal of sympathy, whichever makes you feel better.

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