I was about to leave a comment on Robert Scoble’s blog when he posted that he was celebrating seven years of blogging, and looking back at what had happened in that time. Having blogged for about the same length of time, I’m also amazed at how much things have changed. Thought I’d write my own entry.
In 2000, I was graduating from High School, starting Uni in Communication. I think that at that stage, I was hoping to be a news researcher for the CBC, or work in media somewhere. I had a severe addiction to the Internet – as confirmed by my parents, who could never receive a phone call due to my hogging of their phone line for dial-up access.
Having created my first website in 1994 during a “Discover the internet” summer course, over the years, writing online came in different incarnations, most too vague in memory and now lost in the ether somewhere on the web.
In the spirit of year-end retrospect life reviews, here’s what’s happened in the past 7 years or so…
In those years, I survived…
- Started University in Comm, with no career clearly defined in my mind.
- Met a Brit who stole my heart.
- Took a year off Uni to go live in England. Loved it and vowed to return.
- Finished University, graduating with flying colours and a conviction that I’d work in that wild world of the web, working in marketing, PR, communication or something along those lines.
- Moved to the UK permanently, bought a house.
- Got married.
- Learned to drive and bought my first car.
- A dozen jobs of varying level of responsibility, in creating teaching resources, youth care research, publishing (x5 jobs in editorial and marketing), marketing & biz dev in the hotel industry, email marketing, blogging & community evangelism in mobile tech, and thrown somewhere in there, I started my own web dev/marketing agency. Damn, not bad unh?
- Joined far too many social networks too.
- Tried a dozen GTD apps (yet I’m still as disorganised as I ever was)
- Saw my little sister Jo get engaged to her high school sweetheart, to be married a few days from now.
- Bought a new house and organised an imminent house move (didn’t know about that one yet, did ya? More on that later!)
There’s probably a lot more stuff I could add, but in this early morning jetlagged haze, I’m realising quite how nice the thought of croissants and jam, sitting at the dining table with my parents for the first time in a year and a half sounds.
I’ll have a drink (of eggnog or coffee) to the next seven years, at the end of which I’ll still be blogging – or publishing my thoughts online in one shape or form, whatever the terminology is then!