I am appearing on a panel at Southern Connecticut State University tonight, talking about blogging. What expertise could I have?
Among the subjects I hope they touch on are the permanence of things placed on the Internet. Stay something stupid… do something stupid… it lasts forever. Who can live through that scrutiny?
I needed a good, practical way to demonstrate what I’m talking about, so I searched for my first recorded Internet comment. As it turns out, it was from 15 years ago this coming Sunday.
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 1992 12:38:53 -0500
Sender: “Information Graphics”
Subject: RE: examples, please
Please… more on the UIUC thunderstorm simulations.
The message itself was sent on Usenet, a network of discussion groups. Back then it was a large part of the net. Today, it’s a repository for tech discussions and porn… not necessarily in that order.
Pithy, right? It was my response to a previous posting. Obviously, I wasn’t satisfied with the depth of information available.
As unimportant as this posting was, it’s been saved. Today I am glad it wasn’t a flame or curse filled rant. I had no clue it would live on beyond that moment.
Parts of my life aren’t pretty. I went places and did things I’d rather not remember. I’m glad the Internet didn’t start archiving my stuff until I was past 40!