I just celebrated the 10th anniversary of my personal blog in Spanish, Maripuchi y su Mundo these past few days. Ten years of blogging is an eternity.
I was thinking about those beginning days. Needless to say, I was 10 years younger (sigh!) and my life was very different from what it is today. Not just my personal life, with two babies around, but also my career and the other things I do in my free time. Almost everything has changed. What am I talking about?
Creating a blog in 2007 was pretty easy. Blogspot and WordPress already existed, as well as many other blogging platforms. If you wanted to have your own domain and your own hosting, it was more or less the same as today. There were fewer blogs then and we were more worried about content and less about design. This is not necessarily good nor bad, just a fact.
Nobody was thinking about becoming a professional blogger. A professional WHAT?
You had your job and then you blogged about any topic you liked. We learned SEO by observing visits to certain posts and then piecing things together.
We were young and innocent…
Unless you were a fan of MySpace, your options were forums, chatrooms, and online games. I’ve had a Twitter account since May 2007 and Facebook since August 2007. In the beginning, we didn’t know how to use these tools. We were very few, and we all became friends. I’ve kept good friendships from those times. When social media became popular, around 2010-2011, (I don’t want to sound too old, but…) everything changed.
Back then, companies or celebrities were not on social media. That was for nerds. Period. In fact, it’s not unusual in certain places even today (I know a few) to hear the same rhetoric as back then: “This is not for us.” Really? REALLY?
Can I laugh? Ok, I’m done.
The first generation of iPhones was released in the US in the summer of 2007. They were not available worldwide until 2008. And it was a while after the iPhone’s success that the rest of the phone companies started building smartphones.
In my particular case, when I opened my personal blog, I had a Sony Ericsson Walkman that was so difficult to use that every time I wanted to listen to music, I ended up yelling.
Today almost everybody has a smartphone. We’ve become so used to solving any problem by asking Google how to do it, that I wonder how we would react to difficulties in places where there is no connectivity.
2007’s world was a desktop computer world. Today, it’s a laptop world. Devices are portable. We have tablets. We have internet on the go and we don’t depend on being at the office or at home to be connected or working.
I used to have a Panasonic with a Leica lens. I was so proud of my camera. lol. ROFL. Today, unless you are a photography aficionado, you mainly use your phone’s camera. In fact, phone cameras are better today than my Panasonic Leica probably was; more megapixels, better lenses, stabilizers… I’ve taken amazing pictures with my phone. That’s all.
That said, I don’t like to consider myself as old as I seem to be (lol again) after writing this post, just vintage, getting better as if I were a good wine. And I’m expecting (and will welcome) whatever future technologies are to come!
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