10 things about ODonnellWeb

Posted on 06/24/2014 in misc

I haven't written anything here in almost a month. So here are 10 maybe interesting things about this website.

  • I launched the site on 12/31/1995. Here is the story..

  • In January 1996 there were 100K websites on the entire Internet. That means my site was among the first 100K. This site is one of the oldest continually running websites on the Internet.

  • Sometime around 1998 the search engine Excite (shockingly still online) reviewed my site and gave it 2.5 out of 4. It seemed like a big deal at the time.

  • ODonnellWeb was referenced in a doctoral dissertation in England.

  • The site was also part of the curriculum in a political science class at Michigan State.

  • In 2001 or 2002 the University of Texas did a study comparing the image of bloggers presented to the real person. They concluded my site was a very good representation of who I really am. I'm not sure if that was good or bad.

  • Sometime in 2001 Ryan did a Google search for bloggers in Leesburg VA. He found me. It turned out he lived about 200 yards from me. We've been friends ever since.

  • I have never received a cease & desist letter, or any kind of legal threat on this site. I'm kind of disappointed about that.

  • The authoring tools used on this site are (roughly from memory)

1995-2000 - straight HTML

2000 - 2000 - Blogger

2001-2001 - Greymatter

2002 - 2004 - Movable Type

2004-2012 - Wordpress

2013-2013 - Anchor CMS

2013-2014 - Pelican

2014 - current - Drupal

  • And finally, I have never published a picture of a cat on this website.

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