SEB is now, truly, old enough to vote.

Yes, I know I said that last year, but I’m bad at maths. If you take December 2nd, 2019 and subtract December 2nd, 2001, you get 18 years. That’s how long I’ve been spitting out what some would call content. Had you told me back then that I’d still be at it today, I would’ve laughed. The only hobby I’ve had for more years than blogging is playing video games and I’m still very active at that as well.

Granted, I’m not as prolific as I once was. I’m lucky if I get two posts up a month now and it’s mostly me rambling about my life, but I’m still here. I thought Trump being president would be grist for the mill, but there’s just so much crazy shit happening all the time with his administration that I can’t possibly maintain the focus on one or two things long enough to write an entry. I’ve let my attempts at podcasting, streaming, and vlogging fall by the wayside as well, but I’m thinking of trying to get back into those on my vacation starting next week.

It doesn’t help that my mother moved in with us and, in less than a month, has fallen off our back deck and broken her hip. This less than 24 hours after I had a handrail installed on the front porch. She’s had a partial hip replacement and has been moved from the hospital to a rehab center where she’ll likely be for a few more weeks. We’ve been visiting often trying to keep her spirits up as she goes through the physical therapy she needs to regain her ability to walk.

A lot has changed with me over the past 18 years. It’s weird to go back and read some of my early entries. There’s stuff I clearly remember writing and stuff I had no idea had ever crossed my mind. I suppose this must be what keeping a diary must be like. I made a few attempts at one when I was a kid, but I never got the hang of it. Guess I needed an audience.

I’ve mentioned this before, but the blog wasn’t always called Stupid Evil Bastard. The original name was Wandering Randomly Through The Blogs as I started in part as an exploration of this new thing people were doing. Alas, the Internet Wayback Machine doesn’t have any snapshots from those days and the oldest copy of SEB it has is from May 2002:

That was right about the time my web design skills would hit their peak and stay consistently mediocre from there on out. Still, it was legible and coherent. Mostly.

So do you have any favorite posts from times past? Anything I’ve written that has stuck in your memory like a bad penny? Are you glad we’re still around? Let me know.

4 thoughts on “SEB is now, truly, old enough to vote.

  1. Congrats, and here’s looking at you, kid!

    No particular favorites, though I seem to remember one lengthy blog argument with a True Believer who never seemed to get a clue.

    Here’s to another 18 years, assuming civilization exists long enough for that.

    (And very sorry to hear about your mom. Please give her my warmest regards and hopes her recovery.)

  2. I echo all of Dave’s comments above. I’ve always enjoyed occasionally stopping-by for a few laughs and to see what’s been on your mind.

  3. I do appreciate it.

    Part of me has wanted to return to the labour of blogging because if I didn’t have social media to use as an outlet, perhaps I’d gas up and wordvomit something articulate.

    But, you’re right: with all the crazy shit that’s going on?

    And the thing is, I’m frequently alone with nothing but my thoughts. I’ve spent most of my life alone. The things I’d put in a blog post now, are sentiments that I’ve recycled literally thousands of times and writing them out just feels like grinding out the character count. And for what? To elaborate on what I already think I know?

    For what it’s worth, I ultimately took after your blogging style. Not in the way that I wrote, but I post very frequently on social media when something catches my interest. It isn’t followed by the lengthy diatribes of blogging, but the idea was: the blog is a broadcast. You create community through the people you interact with. And the more you put yourself in those posts — because your posts always contained a considerable amount of your input, your analysis, your moral and ethical insights — you provided the raw material for community building.

    If I have a negative thing to say about social media is that it has destroyed a considerable amount of good long-form content, and, absent that, some connectivity was lost.

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