I like many others, started my blogging life using Dave Winer's Radio Userland. Back in 2002 Radio was the easiest tool for beginners with no technical skills like me.
This December Radio will shutter. What to do? My decision - a selective archive. So, this weekend I went back and looked at every post I made and decided that I would archive the few that I really liked on a Wordpress site. Here is the link.
I am going to do the same with all I own in the next few months - so watch out for Rob's Book Sale. I am embarking on the downsizing of all downsizing's.
Looking at everything I wrote has been quite an experience. Just as looking at all I own and also deciding what few things I will keep is another.
Posts and things are energetic and are attached to moments and people in my life. I was reminded this weekend of how much I owe to a number of people whom I now wish to thank here today.
Here is my first ever post - a repost of a post by Doc Searls - the godfather of the 'sphere
I would like to thank a few people. Peter Rukavina for advising me to use Radio and to get into Blogging. No other single act has changed my life more and for the better. What about you? has taking up blogging changed your life too?
Thank you Dave Winer for Radio and for all you have done for the world by making blogging and RSS accessible to the unskilled. Who has done more? Dave the Gutenberg of our time?
Thank you Critt Jarvis for helping me as a technical coach - in those days there was no easy way to have a blogroll, insert pictures etc. Thank you John Robb who was the go to guy at Radio at the time and who got me into Resiliency my life's work. Thank you Dina Mehta who established for me that I could make friends again across time, space and culture. Thank you Ross Mayfield whose early thinking about how this new world might work has so influenced me. Thank you Dave Pollard for getting me to think more deeply.
Here is my first blogroll - one of Critt's gifts to me back in April of 2003. What a tiny village the 'sphere was then. Maybe 60,000 people in all. You could "know" everyone. What a gift to have been blogging then.
Here are a few posts that I like a lot - they are connected to people that I care about and to ideas that have been growing since 2002.
- On Blogging and Friendship - inspired by Dina - how my life has been refreshed and filled anew by a handful of real friends - Johnnie, Euan, Harold, Dave, Jon to name a few.
- My favorite quote for our time - from Moby Dick - all about the value of sailing out into the deep in stormy times
- My First Post on Magic Numbers thanks to Ross Mayfield - not only has Ros been the other Gutenberg but his thinking about how social networks work has surely been the foundation of the organizational impact of that will unfold?
- My first post of a New Renaissance - thanks to Dave Pollard who has been such an influence on all out thinking about the nature of the shift to a natural organization
- My First Post on Food Systems and Human History and Culture - the foundation of my work on Fractal History and the role that food has in how humans see and organize their world
- My early work on the Early Years - thank you Ann Robertson, Doug Willms and Fraser Mustard - how we parent is of course the heart of our culture and it is our culture that we pass on to our kids
- My first Post on the Tribe - More influence from Dave Pollard - presaging a return I think to a larger social unit than the nuclear family and a more healthy organizational unit than the corporation
- And of course my first post on Dogs - thanks to my now old friend Jay - man's best friend and mine