As promised, in my review of Scott Rosenberg’s history of blogging, Say Everything, I want to talk about blogging from a more personal perspective.
Rosenberg started his account by mentioning how blogging had a tremendous growth spurt after 9/11/2001. As it happens, that’s when I actually started blogging also. I wasn’t a “war blogger” or an “anti-war blogger”, but for some reason I really wanted to write about things that were important to me. I imagined it would be philosophical and sociological (that’s the way my mind works generally.) And while I did write like that a little bit, the blog actually became more of a photoblog and a place to capture funny and interesting stories about my family and my kids. I soon realized that I was presenting a slice of Brooke-deBock history through cataloging various ephemera (pictures, audio and stories) over time.
I called it forest4trees or f4t.
It is actually a bit fragmented now because of different servers/services that I used (and I haven’t made the time to piece it all together.) The original blog is here. It has been on the web for a long time!
- Sept 2001 to Jan 22, 2006
- Feb 2006 to April 2008
- May 2008 to the Present (Just started posting again. Mainly photos, drawings and some like paintings (I am learning; be kind.)
It will probably be long and boring to most people, but it is also part of my digital identity and there isn’t anything there that I wouldn’t show to my parents or my employer.
Here is an example of one of the personal treasures that I recorded in f4t.
I’m not sure exactly how this happened. Well, that isn’t exactly true. I have an inkling. A couple days ago, Morgan spontaneously started saying, “Brooke-deBock.com.” (Sounds like: bhut-dabot-dot-dom).
But today he took it an extreme level. When his grandparents asked him his name, he said, Morgan Kenneth Brooke-deBock.com
There is a deep, human pleasure in blogging, even if it is just to 10 or 15 people.
Below is my Mom and her sister from a photo taken in the 1930s: Jopie and Vera den Dekker.