First tests

This inaugural post says nothing in particular. Instead, it’s a test to see how the system functions, what cosmetic and structural changes need to be made, etc.

ETA (6 October 2007): This, believe it or not, is the first “official” post on this blog.

The posts prior to this? At one time I thought it would be neat and nifty to go back through old e-mails I’d sent out and clean them up as retrospective posts.

There’s one catch, however. I wrote a hell of a lot of e-mails about Star Trek and Doctor Who. Not a lot of e-mails about what the hell I was doing.

“The Psi Phi Project” posts are taken from posts I’d made on the Psi Phi Star Trek Books Bulletin Board. The timestamps on those posts are accurate. They’re specifically about what was going on in Star Trek fiction at the time. With sidelights on other things relating to Star Trek fiction.

Other prior posts were taken from Keith DeCandido’s newsgroup, back in the days when he had his own newsgroup.

The 9/11 post was a melange of posts and e-mails from a variety of sources. If Christopher Tolkien could edit The Silmarillion together from a disparate set of papers that spanned his father’s sixty year writing career, I could edit together a post on 9/11 from what I’d said on the subject in other places.

So, that’s what came before.

What comes after?

The first “content” post I made was on finding a Philip K. Dick book at Wal-Mart. At the time, I had no idea why I had a blog. It seemed like a good thing to do for my writing career.

The blog was not heavily trafficked in its early days. The blogging software I used — Greymatter — was not at all easy to work with. When I upgraded to WordPress two years later, posting became far more frequent. There’s a lesson in this; your choice of software does make a difference in your productivity. If you make it easy for someone to do something, they’ll do it. If you make it tough, they won’t. 😉

To this day I don’t know why I have a blog. I’m a bit scattershot in my topics, yet I think that’s the strength of this blog. It’s really a case of whatever it is I have on my mind, within limits. I keep a lot of things private and personal, and I try not to involve third parties to the extent that I can.

All of that said, this post is where it all began. All three hundred thousand words (as of this writing). Tempus fugit. :cheers:

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A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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