Blogging

Twenty years of blogging!

December 30, 2022
me, december 2002
December 2002 – TWENTY years ago. Digital photos were tiny then.

I loved the concept of the Internet from the first moment I learned about bulletin boards and email in college. At that time I didn’t have a real computer at home, opting instead to write my papers on a portable Brother word processor which, as a JCPenney catalog associate, I bought for 50% off because it was returned merchandise. In 1994 we bought a real PC, a modem, and the Prodigy software which introduced me to the World Wide Web. My Prodigy username was KYFX39A, but I was Gypsy72 in the chat rooms.

I built a small web page on Prodigy, and when we ditched Prodigy in 1996ish for a local ISP called InterNET-GATEway (net-gate for short), I built another HTML web page on that platform. By then I was tired of telling people that I was a woman and NOT 72 years old, so I changed my username to LadyGypsy. My net-gate webpage was at www.net-gate.com/~ladygypsy.

In late 1999 I began work at the Courier-Post and before I returned home on my first day of work we had an appointment to switch from dial-up to broadband internet access through Comcast (now Xfinity.) The webpage moved to Comcast for a spell and then in 2001 I registered ladygypsy.net as my domain name and pointed it to the comcast page.

By then I was updating the site a few times a month with what I was doing, what I was listening to, and links to other sites that I read. But I was getting a little bored of all of the HTML-ing so I signed up for the Blogger service and on December 30, 2002, I wrote my very first blog entry.

That, friends, was twenty years ago tonight.

screenshot of ladygypsy.net from February 2003 where I mention my blog for the first time.
The Wayback machine’s earliest capture of my blog’s appearance on my site – February, 2003

I would never select a username like LadyGypsy today – I wish I knew in the late 90s how sensitive the word was.

Over the decades I blogged about my meals and dieting (too much dieting), my job anxieties, television, music, politics, life, love, moving, video games, pets, and dozens and dozens of cookies. If you read between the lines, you’d see the slow decline of a local newspaper, the joy and stress of owning a home, the sad failure of a marriage, a broken woman, the whispers of new love, self-acceptance, and many courageous leaps along the way as our cast of characters changed and grew older.

Twenty years of blogging, by the numbers:
2 employers (Courier-Post and TNP, which we all know by now as SHM)
2 husbands (not at the same time, omg jeez)
2 domain names (ladygypsy.net and kimberussell.com)
2 blogging platforms (Blogger and WordPress)
3 website hosts (Comcast, Lunarpages, and my friend’s server)
3 last names (married name #1, back to Dowd, and then to Russell)
3 cats (Noelle, Misty, Charlie)
3 hair colors (brown, red, blonde)
4 cars of my own (Dodge Neon, Saturn Ion, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Patriot)
4 dogs (Mickey, Max, Ollie, Murphy)
5 home addresses (Voorhees apartment, House #1, Dee-luxe apartment in the sky #1, Dee-luxe apartment in the sky #2, House on Literary Lane)
2,070 published posts

And most importantly, the many bloggy friends I met along the way, many of whom don’t even blog anymore but we’re still in each other’s Twitter feeds, Facebook friends lists, and Instagram likes.

While the days of blogging 4 times a day are far behind me and I can go months without anything important to share, this blog is an absolute treasure to me and I hope to be writing here for another 20 years.

photo of me a few days ago, in a Jersey Devils hockey jersey - fifty years old and happy!
December, 2022. Fifty years old and happy!



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  • Ryan Biddulph December 30, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    This is absolutely fabulous. What a great job, blogging for 20 years. I forget LOL but think I’ve been blogging for about 15 years. What a journey. I learned much about myself through the medium of blogging because it tends to trigger many deep fears in the mind as you dig deeper, deeper and deeper. Keep up the great blogging work.

    • Kimberly January 1, 2023 at 10:03 am

      Thanks so much for the kind words!

  • scrivener December 30, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Congratulations, or something! We have similar timelines and histories, ‘though you were a couple of years ahead of me on getting your own domain name. I started on Diaryland (privately without telling anyone) then archived the posts, deleted the journal, and did HTML for a few years before getting to WordPress. 🙂

    Somewhere in there I also rented a subdomain at dwyer.net but that didn’t last long.

    And yes, here’s to another 20. I still love online journals and journaling and yours remains one of my faves. <3

    • Kimberly January 1, 2023 at 10:02 am

      Thank you so much! You’re one of my faves too! I need to get better at commenting on blogs. I read them! I just need to say more.

  • Kristen December 30, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    2,070 blog posts! Happy blogiversary!

    • Kimberly January 1, 2023 at 9:59 am

      Thank you! <3

  • Rick Scully December 31, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Congrats on the milestone!

    • Kimberly January 1, 2023 at 9:58 am

      Thank you! The time flew!

  • SMD January 6, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    Loved reading this (late, as I read everything these days)