I started blogging back in 2001, before I knew that these occasional updates on my personal site had a specific name. It wasn’t until well after I graduated college that I started a regular blog — all my friends had also graduated and moved back to the four corners of Ohio, and I felt like updating everyone all at once made more sense than telling the same stories in multiple email threads to different people.
Over time, my blog went from being manually updated to being a LiveJournal to being in Movable Type to now being in WordPress. My topics changed, too: back at the beginning, I complained a lot about my job and my weight, and wrote a lot of introspective stuff about life. As time went on, and my friends began reading my blog less frequently, it became more of a public journal than a place where I wax philosophical about shoes and ships and sealing wax.
These days, I blog about a few specific things: my son, my weight-loss journey (and other health and fitness issues in my life), and gardening. The occasional life event makes it onto the blog (my car accidents come to mind), and I do include my Twitter feed in my blog, so all those daily minutiae that I used to blog about at length are now distilled to much shorter tidbits.