This is the archive site for the pioneering blog CamWorld.com, which is no longer maintained.
Cameron Barrett's personal site can now be found at cameron.barrett.org and his professional site can be found at cameronbarrett.com.

June 11, 2007

CamWorld Turns Ten

Ten years ago today I sat down at my trusty Apple PowerMac 7100 (66 Mhz), fired up a text editor and wrote the very first entry of this weblog. It said simply, "Life is a constant challenge."

There was no further explanation, no diatribe about the turmoil my life was in at the time, no links to web design and HTML resources elsewhere on the web, no opinion about politics, no product reviews or endorsements. It was simply a cheap rhetorical statement thrown out into the growing thing which soon acquired a name: the blogosphere.

Here we are, ten years and hundreds of millions of blogs later -- some of use still blog regularly, offering our insights, our voices and opinions about anything and everything. Others like myself, have stopped their regular blogging and only contribute when they really have something worthwhile to say. Part of me misses it but I also recognize that my personal and professional lives have become so busy that one of the sacrifices I've had to make is the health of this blog.

For the past yen years my blog has been one of the constants in my adult life. It has been there through the thick and the thin. Early in my career it was there when I was the first person to ever get fired over a blog. It was there when I took my first dot-com job and when I moved to NYC. It was there when I moved to Little Rock, AR to work for the Wesley Clark 2004 presidential campaign and it was there when I met my wife (through a Craigslist personals ad no less).

My blog does not get updated much anymore and I need to renew my commitment to keeping it fresh. My new job (more about this soon) and my increasingly busy personal life are taking their toll on CamWorld. My wife and I are expecting our first baby soon (due October 1) and everyone with kids keeps telling me I have no idea what I've signed up for. Never one to back down to a challenge I smile and say, "Sure sure, piece of cake." Remind me of this post in November and I may think differently!

The bottom line is my blog continues to be a large and important part of my life, more so my past than the present. Who knows what the future may hold. Here's to ten more years of blogging!

Posted by Cameron Barrett at June 11, 2007 07:23 AM | TrackBack
Comments

Congrats on turning 10! And on the forthcoming kid.

The neurons that triggered this particular visit happened because I've got a bunch of readers who are all excited about Ron Paul's candidacy. I'm a little more reserved, but on the basis of that I've been contacted by some folks who'd like volunteer tech help on their campaign.

And I thought "Hmmm, with nearly 4 years since he was deeply involved in the Clark campaign, I wonder how Cam's views on that sort of participation in the political process have evolved".

So if you're looking for something to write about, and feel like you can comfortably write about that process, a look back on that adventure with the perspective you have now is something that I'd love to read.

And here's to another ten years, even if it does become kid-blogging!

Congrats, on all counts.


Posted by: Dan Lyke at June 19, 2007 03:15 PM

congrats!


Posted by: Rajesh at June 20, 2007 01:38 PM

buenos dias, como estas, tengo informaciĆ³n que adquiriste el dominio blogstock.com quisiera saber que necesitas hacer con el dominio, ya que es el nombre que usamos para un encuentro de bloggers en venezuela, por favor contactame cuando puedas.
Agradecido por tu atenciĆ³n

Croncho.


Posted by: Croncho at July 2, 2007 10:12 AM

Congradulations! Its amazing how far we have come isn't it.


Posted by: Austin Texas Web Site Design Expert at December 10, 2007 07:01 PM

Jeez, congratulations!


Posted by: Emmanuel at December 11, 2007 10:40 PM

Just checking in on one of the bloggers that got me inspired seven years ago. Happy new year!


Posted by: Andy Wibbels at January 1, 2008 04:23 PM
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