Today marks two decades of blogging on JakeParrillo.com. Twenty years. Plenty has changed since I fell in love with the Web via political blogging. I've met some good friends, have earned jobs, *almost* compelled Da Coach Mike Ditka to run for US Senate and was allowed to flex my writing muscles via my own online diary. My goals have changed over the years, too. From being a member of the "Blogosphere" and linking to other bloggers/getting links from other writers to distributing the content via both feed and email newsletter to attempting to monetize things via AdSense and FeedBurner (hey!!!) ads to what I've shifted to over the past 10-or-so-years: writing mostly for an audience of one: myself. Somewhere over the years, I dropped having ads and when FeedBurner email newsletters were sunset, I, too, sunset having my daily blog posts distributed beyond this little place on the Web. My very first post - basically my own "Hello, World" was posted on
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Another year, another round of 365 posts. Well, in this case, I'm going to close 2023 with 366 posts - because I posted twice on November 23rd due to Thanksgiving and needing to squeeze in a post about The Last Waltz . I've been keeping up with daily blog posting for eight years straight - dating back to 2015. I've gone back and edited out (reverted back to draft status) a few posts over the years that I thought might be best as drafts. But, overall, I've kept up with posting daily - mostly in spurts. Just across those eight years, I've posted close to 3000 blog posts here - as a stretch. Translated to days, that makes 3000 days-in-a-row that I've had something published. SUSDAT , indeed. The Blogspot CMS lists 4,727 posts published here - not counting this one. I'll save the categorization for another day - my hunch is that the vaaaast majority of my posts in 2023 were of the [garden diary] variety and I suspect that won't change much in 2024.