I was just sitting here thinking about the old blog scene in the mid-2000’s, and I thought it would be fun to share some things I remember from back then, good and bad.
⸙ Making your own layout graphics in Photoshop and then coding the layouts yourself using HTML coding. (Themes weren’t really a thing yet).
⸙ 8 pt. font and super skinny layout frames. (iframes were frequently used).
⸙ Cutenews. The blogging software I used prior to WordPress.
⸙ Coppermine Galleries. This was a software you could install on your site so you could have your own photo gallery. I had one as well as some other bloggers I knew. It was basically used as a public photo album of our lives.
⸙ Having ‘standout’ words using the bold, italics, and underline functions. Also, having those words be in a different color as the rest of the text.
⸙ Blogging was much more about sharing every little detail of your life, as opposed to creating articles or content.
⸙ The content we did create was often icons and graphics to use on other sites, such as message boards, myspace, etc.
⸙ Blog names were often a combination of two words thrown together. My first blog was Poison Paradise, and then Unfoolish-Miracles followed.
⸙ Photos were not as pretty or planned out. Our blog photos were usually just snapshots straight from a digital camera.
⸙ A lot of our blog posts didn’t even have photos at all. They were just random thoughts and stories of our lives. These days, some people won’t even look at a blog post if it doesn’t have photos in it.
⸙ The Elitists. There were some bloggers who thought they were better than everyone else, and they actually ran a website that basically bashed other people’s blogs. I never made it on there, but some of my blog friends did.
⸙ Krystole. This blogger earned that nickname because she was constantly stealing everybody’s layouts and using them as her own without permission.
⸙ TGO. He was basically the Perez Hilton of the non-celebrity world. While The Elitists were more into “critiquing” blogs, TGO was more interested in bashing the person. He would say some pretty cruel things about some people. My photo ended up on his site once after I defended another blog pal. He tried to say I had a mustache, and I was like “Bitch, where?”
These are just some of the things I remember off the top of my head. One thing that hasn’t changed is all the great people you can meet along the way. I met some great bloggers back then, some of which I am still in contact with to this day. Many of them don’t even blog anymore, but it’s still great that we can stay in touch. Hopefully I can say the same in the future about some of the new blogging friends I’ve made over the past year.