Back where it all started, on Blogger.

When I first started blogging, I wrote each page by hand in HTML. I uploaded it via FTP to my website. That was back in 1999.

Then I discovered Blogger, a blogging platform. This was before Google bought it. I began using that to blog, writing my posts online (a novel idea back then) and sending them via FTP to my website. It was a very handy service.

Google bought Blogger. Things changed. I sensed the ability to blog in the cloud and send it to my static HTML site was going away, so I moved to WordPress in 2008. Blogger did, indeed, end that option shortly after.

In 2014, I left the behemoth that WordPress was, a messy database of my writing that was almost impossible to backup on my own computer and gain easy control of.

I tried Medium. I tried Facebook notes. I did a lot of writing in Google Docs and made them publicly available. But mostly, I all but stopped blogging.

Yet back in my old Blogger account lurked thousands of posts from years ago. As I was looking through them, remembering my old website, I thought: why not use Blogger again?

I'd already thrown off the concerns of online marketing and slavish devotion to traffic and "responsible" blogging that was mainly used to bring people to a website through search engines so I could sell. I don't care too much about that. So why not Blogger again? I'd stopped because it wasn't going to be a "real" part of my website, but I now no longer cared about that.

And so here you go.


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