I started blogging back in 2002. At that time I was working at Lecando, where I was lucky enough to be doing Java development and experimenting with XP together with some ridiculously bright people like Jimmy, Johan, Jon, Håkan and Visar.
I spent a lot of time then reading blogs. Most of the blogs I was interested in were hosted at FreeRoller, a platform run by Anthony Eden, today perhaps more famous for DNSimple.
All the cool kids blogged on FreeRoller. It featured a top list of the most read post at the moment, on which you most often found smart posts from Rikard Öberg or rants from Hani Suleiman. I once held the top place at that list, ahead of Rickard, for something like four hours. I was immensely proud.
If I remember it correctly, FreeRoller turned into JRoller, which apparently still exists today.
The thing was, we had actual blog debates back then. If you wanted to comment on a blog post, you wrote a blog post of your own, linking to the original post. I know, sounds crazy. But I remember it as a slower, more thoughtful way of debating and writing. Like many others, my blogging has halted considerably as I started using Twitter and Facebook. And while being limited to 140 characters forces you to condense your thinking, it is not the best way to find the nuances of a topic. Writing a long piece is like preparing a presentation, you - hopefully - think things through, and get a better, more detailed view of the topic at hand.
I’ve come to realize that I miss writing as much as I did back then. Also, I’ve found that the less frequent I write, the more I feel that a new post has to be really good. Writing more often takes that away. In that regard, this post is one attempt to break that barrier. Hopefully, it will help.