Tuesday, April 06, 2021

15 years of Moonlight Scribbler!

Happy 15th Anniversary for the greatest blog that no one has ever read.  Remember when blogs were written by ordinary schmoes about whatever was on their minds from their latest pain to their Hot Wheels collection to contemplating their cat’s hairballs?  Before corporate ninnies took them over to try to get their Pulitzer on?  The former still exists. 

The Moonlight Scribbler, was created on April 6th 2006, simply because I had a shit ton of random stuff in my head that wouldn’t leave until I wrote it down.  The Scribbler was the successor to a couple of collections of writings that I started back in CCAC and Robert Morris in the 90’s and called Just Another Lovely Day in Paradise. Of course, back then, storing such things online wasn’t a thing, so I put the whole mess on floppy disks, which either got lost, destroyed or erased. I don’t remember. Back then, Just Another Lovely Day In Paradise or JALDIP wasn’t as developed and was just about random s**t.  Kind of like the Scribbler today except not as well written. Mostly just a couple of paragraphs about whatever was rattling around in my head at the time.

I think that JALDIP got to about 100 pieces of varying lengths and quality.  I just wrote s**t off the top of my head about whatever.  My years in college revealed to me that I had a long dormant gift of writing. Or at least, the desire to put stuff down in a semi-permanent form that those who might want to read it could access.

Fast forward to 2006.  Google had bought Blogger and I had the itch to get back into a JALDIP-like thing. So I decided to start an online presence.  Hence, the Moonlight Scribbler. I never really intended it to be read. To this day, I don't really care if anybody reads it. I put the URL out there, if people see it and want to read, cool.  If anything, I look at the collection as digital real estate on teh Interwebs. A place where this stuff resides in the cloud for posterity.  Like a tiny cabin out on the ass end of the Internet. 

I haven't checked lately, but the Scribbler is up to over 300+ posts.  Some months, I post more than others.  I could compile the month by month statistics and determine when I was most active, but I'm too lazy for that these days.  I post to it pretty much when I feel like it. It all comes off the top of my head. I don't research anything. I won't guarantee that anything quoted from the Scribbler is true or correct.  For the last few years, I've taken my longer FB posts, like this one, of which I have written many and posted them to the Scribbler. Though I might add stuff to them.   The Scribbler is pretty much soup to nuts. It's all over the place.  

One day, I presume Google will decide to kill off Blogger. They tend to do that when a property no longer makes money for them. I can only hope that they will give bloggers an opportunity to download their stuff so it can be imported to another platform. If that happens, I may have to buy some hosting space, move everything over, and host the blog on my own. Not looking forward to that. At the same time I don't want all that content to get lost.  That's 15 years of pretty good stuff I've generated. Don't want it to end up like JALDIP.