A few years back Doug Bowman’s StopDesign.com was one of the first blogs that I subscribed to (once I figured out what RSS was!) Having a chance to meet and spend some time with Doug when he was in Wellington for Webstock was definitely one of the highlights of last year for me.
So, it’s great to see him vowing to write more frequently again. He points at his very first post from 2002. A lot of what he wrote then resonates with me, having just started out on this myself.
This log of thoughts is mostly for my own record, but if you’re along for the ride, welcome.
Inspired by this, I decided to try and track down other first posts from some other favourite long-time bloggers. Here are some links, in chronological order:
- Jeffrey Zeldman, May 1995 – unfortunately the post is no longer available on zeldman.com, but I did find this email about his first post
- Joel Spolsky from Joel On Software, December 1999
- Seth Godin, January 2002
- Russell Brown, September 2002 – this post marked the end of the Hard News radio show and the start of the blog as far as I can tell
- Rod Drury, June 2003 – I’m not sure if this was actually his first post, it seems a strange way to start, but this is as far back as his archives go in any case
- Hugh MacLeod from Gaping Void, January 2004
- Mark Cuban, March 2004
- Garr Reynolds from Presentation Zen, January 2005
It’s interesting how many of these posts are from December/January – obviously a popular time of year to be making a start.
Mostly because I want an excuse to try embedding a YouTube video in a post, but also because I think this is a great story.
With apologies to anybody who came along to my presentation at TechEd and already heard me talk about this …
This is a great example of the power of word-of-mouth marketing and something that could have only happened online.
The video above is actually the sequel. The first video (Windows, 8MB or Quicktime, 13MB) was cobbled together on a trip he paid for himself and wrote about on a travel blog for family and friends and anybody else who stumbled upon it. It turned out that quite a few people did, and they told their friends. Somebody told the kind people at Stride Gum who asked him if he wanted to do it all again, only better. This time he would go to 39 different countries and in the process visit all 7 continents. That’s not the kind of offer you turn down I suppose!
The full story is on his site, www.wherethehellismatt.com, including the blog he wrote as he travelled to all of those amazing places and danced.
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The rock in Kjeragbolten, Norway, that he dances on, albeit a little less enthusiastically than in some other places, is even worse than it looks. It is a straight drop of 1000m with nothing to block your fall. More info from Wikipedia and from Matt’s journal entry.
If you have a big-screen TV hooked up to a computer then download the hi-res version (Windows, 48MB or Quicktime, 48MB) and turn the volume up and try to stop yourself from dancing along with him.
UPDATE (22-Jan-07): To try and fix embedded YouTube video.
UPDATE (30-Jun-08): Where the hell is Matt? (2008)
Enough talky-talky, time for walky-walky …