A funny thing happens when you start looking back in time. You find out that who you were is different to who you are now.
It seems to be something that happens at the end of year – I’ve been looking back at photos of my students from the start of the year – in February they were very young and apprehensive looking – now they’re more secure in who they are and looking older as well (even if they are just 10 years old).
I’ve also been taking a look at who I was via the internet wayback machine. It’s very cool. You put in a website address and it comes back with cached versions of that address. These archives go back as far as 1996 – which is plenty far enough for most of us. For me – I’ve had an online presence since 1999. Web that is – long before then I had a BBS presence on NZ BBS.
The first cached website of mine is from February 2001. And I see that I began blogging around that time too – I think I was debating which one was better. I actually started playing around with html sites back in 1999 and hosted them with my ISP but for some reason those haven’t been cached.
In the course of experimenting with webdesign I came up with my own designs – including ones intended to load as fast as possible – remember this was in the old dial up days – as well as experimenting with designs from the OSWD people.
So I’ve spent several days looking back at who I was (the online me) and reflecting on the changes. Am I a better person – who knows – however, the most important thing, for me anyway, is that I’m not the same – I’ve changed – I haven’t stayed static – and THAT is a good thing.
What will the next 10 years bring me? I don’t know – but I intend to plunge into whatever comes my way with enthusiasm and passion.
(And yes I know we usually write this sort of stuff around New Years – I’m just a little ahead of myself!)