January 26, 2020

Blog Post #7000.

Seven thousand? Wow, that's a lot of blog posts! I started blogging in 2005, and before that I put up web pages using HTML and Dreamweaver. So I've been online for a long time.

When I first started posting, I used AOL's platform because back then, there was AOL, Compuserve, and Prodigy as far as ISPs. That was about it! We had to use dial-up, wiring our phone directly to a computer. The software for the ISP came on a floppy disk, and you installed it so you could get online. Dial-up was slow, so there weren't a lot of large photos on webpages because they took a while to appear.

I worked for a software company and took a course on HTML coding. In 1997, I put up my first website about my dog Guppy (See my August 2012 post for screenshots.)  

Before that, I studied photography, mostly at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).  I loved experimenting with photo manipulation in the darkroom, but  I didn't care for the chemical smells. When digital photo editing became available, I was excited! I got a mini-Photoshop program called PhotoDeluxe, and eventually took up Photoshop.

I'm also a history buff and created a page about Civil War tours that I took with NOVA.  When I took blogging, I liked how easy it is compared to HTML coding! I still use HTML to tweak my posts and work-around the limits of Blogger.

That's enough about me. Why are you still here? ;-)


  1. Congrats on your 7000th post. You are a grizzled vet. I started with html when I tried to jazz up my geocaching descriptions. I had compuserve way back in the mid 1980's, and then switched to AOL when everybody else did. It's been a blue since.

  2. ...you've come a long ways baby!

  3. I only started blogging in February 2010 and I now have 13 blogs, lucky for some😊. When I started I only had a dial up connection here in France!!
    Have a good week, Diane

  4. Linda, this was fascinating! No wonder you are such a good blogger ... I’m in awe of your deeper knowledge of programming and photography. And history of your area (but that part I already knew). Deeply impressed. Congratulations and keep it up. I always know I’ll learn something when I come here!

  5. Many congratulations on your 7000th post.

    All the best Jan

  6. Congratulations Linda! That's dedication.

  7. Congrats. That's an amazing amount of writing and pictures. - Margy

  8. Congratulations! That's dedication to have blogged for so long. I remember those dial up computer days although I haven't been blogging as long as you. You have a lot of technical knowledge as well as a love of history and photography. Thank you for sharing. I'm glad to read and learn from you.

  9. 7,000 posts! Wow, that's impressive. Congratulations!


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