It’s true. On this date ten years ago at exactly 7:27PM EST I wrote the very first entry on what would end up becoming Stupid Evil Bastard. It wasn’t called that at the time and the first entry wasn’t particularly special. It was also the only entry I wrote until the next month, mainly because I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do with it. The first real comment happened on January 2nd, 2002 on my Crimes and Misdemeanors entry, which was also the first really lengthy entry I ever wrote. I don’t know who “Joe” was or if he kept reading beyond that one comment, but it was a milestone just the same. You can see a little of what the site used to look like way back then via the Internet Archive. The first page was indexed on October 4th, 2002 and the template for the site had changed several time prior to that. The next major template was recorded on January 26th, 2003. You can poke through the archive there if you want to see other layouts. Since that first comment to today we’ve racked up some 7,201 posts with 84,424 comments. Not the most prolific blogger out there, but not bad for someone who’s attention span often doesn’t exceed 20 minutes.
This blog started after the events of 9/11 and more than a few entries are devoted to that topic and our national response to it. If you were around on the 18th of January in 2005 then you know that was the start of the first real period of unemployment I had ever experienced after working as a contractor for 4 years at Ford Motor Company. It would be 10 months before I’d find work again and another 10 months later I’d head back to Ford for the shortest contract of my career — a whole two and a half months before being laid off again. You might have been around when I talked about the death of one of my cousins that brought home the problem of so many folks without health insurance. Or perhaps you watched as I raged over the death of one of my best friends. So many things have happened which I somehow took the time to document here such as when my daughter decided it was time to move out. Hell, I even managed to finally get around to doing podcasts like I’d been meaning to do for, quite literally, years.
I had more to say, but I lost most of it thanks to one of the cats helpfully stepping on my computer’s power button and shutting down my system in the middle of writing this. But you can always hit the archives if you’re curious as to what other stuff I’ve written about in the past. Most of it is pretty mundane, but there’s some major stuff in there. Some of you folks have been following me for a very long time and I am both grateful and humbled by that fact. Many of you have helped me and my family get through the tough periods and many of you just dropped me a note from time to time to let me know you appreciated my attempts at literacy. My thanks to all of you who have stopped by to see what I’ve been up to over the years. You’ve made the past 10 years worth every keyboard stroke.