Sometime in 2004, while I was in graduate school working on getting my teacher’s license, a friend at a party suggested that a bunch of us start blogs on a site called Xanga. I had jumped into blogging a couple of times at a couple of different places but didn’t have anything live at that particular time, so I agreed, starting a site called Monkey Knife Fight. Monkey Knife Fight ended up lasting much longer than any of the other blogs my friends were running; its high points were being the top Google search result in the world for the phrase “Duck cock” and my wedding, where I literally logged into my blog on a laptop at our reception and let anyone who wanted to post a comment or a little written piece. I’m still in touch with a number of people who I would never have met had it not been for that blog, and it’s arguable that I would not be married to my wife had it never existed as well.
That blog died in 2009; the final post was a wordless picture of a five-year birthday candle posted on the five-year anniversary of its opening. I still have all of the posts saved on my computer and a couple of different cloud-based backups; some of them were preserved in Searching for Malumba as well.
Fast forward four years, roughly, and one of those same friends announces that it is time for all of us to start blogging again. The first iteration of infinitefreetime—the name was a joke, as I not only had a toddler in the house but I believe I was working at least two jobs as well– was actually at Xanga, which quickly killed itself soon after I started it, forcing me to reopen this account at WordPress, which is where the blog currently lives, six years and some change later.
And, as of this post, 3000 posts.
And, as of about another hundred words from now, a million words.
Ain’t none of those other folks around any more, damn them. More people I know IRL should be blogging.
Fun fact: this blog actually started in June of 2013, but the WordPress account it uses has been around since 2008. I got a single pageview on whatever site was created that day and then nothing for five years after that. I did get a nice little ten-year email from them last year, though.
By the by, here’s that millionth word:
Because, well, obviously. Other than “fuck”, which seems a bit gauche, what else could it possibly be?
I first figured out that I was approaching a million words and 3000 posts, I dunno, a couple of months ago, and started trying to make them happen on the same exact post a couple of weeks ago. I have known what that millionth word was going to be for basically the entire time. I have a cat in my house who has been here for over two weeks and we’ve not named him yet. But hell if I don’t know immediately that if there is a chance for me to knowingly make pants the millionth word I write on my blog I’m sure as hell gonna do it.
I dunno. What the post was actually going to be has been in flux that entire time, including various plans for retrospectives or announcing new projects or maybe my 10 favorite posts from this site or a whole bunch of other things, but honestly I’m not feeling maudlin enough right now for any of that and the end of the year is coming soon anyway if I want to do retrospectives. So we’ll just use the post for this; to note that three thousandth post, and note that millionth word, and to note that it’s ridiculous how much of my life has been spent living on the Internet.
On to the next million, I suppose.