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...was a term popularized by Jorn Barger on his blog robotwisdom.com. Over time this term was shortened to the simpler "blog". The word Blog was possibly first uttered by Dr. Suess in his story "Scrambled Eggs Super", but it's first use in the context of weblogging is largely credited to blogger Peter Merholz of peterme.com. In the beginning, early blogs such as Justin Hall's links.net were simply online diary websites that were updated manually (text entered between the <p> and </p> in html). Today, blogging tools have developed to make blogging accessible to just about anyone with a computer and Internet access. There are over 161,000,000 active blogs on the planet Earth and almost half of those are in the U.S.    

I Had to Remove the Comments

Up until now, there was an option for readers to leave comments on my blog entries. I happen to be a fan of the comment sections on websites. Even if they often invite an unsightly element into otherwise useful discussion, they can be very entertaining and enlightening. I wanted to have that sort of interaction here but unfortunately the comment code was creating a security risk and I had to remove that option. You'll now find a link to my contact page where the comment sections used to be. It's not nearly as sexy but the megaton of spam I was getting was becoming a real nuisance.

I felt the need to acknowledge this removal because, much to my ever grateful surprise, people were actually leaving comments. Nice comments, thoughtful comments. Even more pleasantly surprising, these comments weren't just coming from friends and family taking pity on me. These were coming from people I'd never met. My website was getting hits! I had readers! To everyone who left a comment, just know, your comments meant a lot to me. It made the decision to take the option down an unreasonably hard one. It's so rewarding to know that your labors aren't all for nothing, that you're actually connecting with someone. It's the whole reason I wanted a website. So to all of you who commented, friend and stranger alike, a heartfelt thank you. I hope to continue to hear from you.