My little blog's first birthday is coming up, and I just wanted to share a bit of my blogging history with you. I have mentioned before that this is not my first blog. I have had a total of three other blogs before this one under the name "whiteorchid" -- perhaps you knew me back then. When I started blogging in 2005, it wasn't nearly as popular as it is now. People did not use them as a source of income. The blogs that I visited used them to share little parts of their lives photographs, news, and maybe a short story or poem.
One of my very first blog banners.
I first started blogging as a way to share my poetry and my photography -- I had just started taking a photography class in university -- and, after a quick Google search, found a group called EFX. I don't remember what it stands for, and I don't remember everything about it, but I do remember that it was a tight-knit community that didn't welcome outsiders and had issues with the creator of the website. Something happened with the servers, and the site ended up being recoded and called EFX2. We all had to start our blogs over again, and nobody was really happy about it, but we loved the community and almost all of us started again.
One of the very first photos
that I posted on Whiteorchid.
I actually found my blog on EFX2 the other day. It's a little sad looking, but it was really neat to look back at my photography and thoughts from almost 4 years ago. Now it is a ghost town. Most everyone has moved on; perhaps stopped blogging, or just found a new place to share their words.
After EFX, I moved on to a place called VOX -- which also no longer exists. A lot of my friends from the EFX world moved there, and so I moved along with them, but it wasn't the same. The People of EFX had scattered around the internet, and, by then, blogging was beginning to make it's presence known. A lot of people also started their own websites -- I wish I knew where many of them were now, or even remembered some of their names.
Once VOX went under, I decided to take a break from blogging. I didn't know when I would be back, or if I would ever come back; but then I opened up my shop and decided to start a blog to share what I was doing with the shop -- but that is a journey for another day.