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Posted 2007-09-09 by Tony Walsh
I started blogging in 1999 with a personal journal called "Bites," which soon morphed into more of a technology/culture journal--ultimately becoming the Clickable Culture blog you're reading today.

Skimming through past entries, I found the first date with my wife (we were meant to play Frogger on her Atari 2600), a worried post about the Y2K bug, and a startled reaction to the 9/11/2001 tragedy. Things got a lot less personal from around 2002 onwards, when I started writing a lot more about technology-specific issues (such as the perennial bloggers vs. journalists debate). I started blogging regularly about Second Life in 2004, the year that my virtual-world and games writing really ramped up. Today, it's mostly virtual worlds, video games, and how these ripple through our culture.

I'm looking forward to another 8 years of acidic commentary and assorted windbaggery. Thanks for tuning in.
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Comment posted by Gary Hayes
September 9, 2007 @ 9:57 pm
Happy Blogday Tony!!

You bring up some interesting archive thoughts. I, like you, had a personal journal site, mine back in 1994 - one of 15 000 personal home pages on the whole web at the time (yes there was even home page directories in those days). Your post brought up some interesting issues about history and culture and the power of keeping various incarnations for posterity - I might put some old sites from that period back onto my 13 year old domain, but sadly a lot involve ex girlfriends ;-)

One thing that I am delighted about from an archive perspective is an BBC live-netumentary from Central Asia I produced and crewed in 1997 (which had its ten year birthday last week!) live on the BBC site at - not bad for something that I thought would last a few weeks after we got back!!

Keep up the acidic posts!

Best Gary
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
September 10, 2007 @ 10:36 am
Wow, 1994!? You must have heaps of journal entries. Most of my early online writing isn't worth saving, but it is sometimes useful to have that legacy of material. Particularly when I started writing more seriously about technology and culture--with an archive of previous writing, there's a lot to draw from. Sometimes it's good to be reminded of how little some things change over the years.
Comment posted by Secureplay
September 10, 2007 @ 3:38 pm
Congratulations, Tony.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
September 12, 2007 @ 9:59 am
Comment posted by nerfgun
September 13, 2007 @ 9:32 am
Wow, has it been that long??

I've read every incarnation of your online presence since it started, if sporadically. :) GlooooOOOooooVeeeIiiiiLLllllll

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