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Blogging technology has come a long way…wait until you see this


I started blogging back in 2001 or so. It was horrible.

I used a software called Radio UserLand and it meant you had to be really committed to blogging to use it. But the technology wasn’t the issue. It was me.

I had no idea what I would write about. More importantly, I had no idea who would want to read it.

In those days, from what I could tell, some people “had” it, and were getting tons of people to read their political and fashion blogs. The rest of us (in a move that would predict the use of all social media networks), would write about our activities in real time (like what we were eating for lunch).

But the tools we used were first editions. So they put everything on us.

My second and third blogs were cruddy too.

They were on a different solution called TypePad.

I remember those tries as being equally frustrating because I continued to question who would want to read anything I wrote. But what I remember most was the need to re-index everything regularly.

It was a hosted solution, so the technology had gotten better, but you wouldn’t mistake this for ease of use (unless you compared it to Radio UserLand).

My next 100 sites were powered by WordPress

After that, I discovered WordPress in the middle of 2005. And I used it for everything. Almost.

Every site I worked on for people simply used pages (a relatively new but powerful construct at the time).

That’s right, I had sworn off blogs and the “loop.” Not because the technology was hard, but because I wasn’t writing.

But this is when I started realizing how easy WordPress was to create sites and to help others spin up their own.

I started blogging daily in 2012

Towards the end of 2012, I started writing daily on this site. It’s been a blast. I stopped worrying about an audience and just started creating content I hoped would be useful.

More importantly, the technology had continued to evolve, with tons of plugins offering incredible functionality – allowing me to do some really fun things, including this one crazy thing I wrote about on Torque:

Now there’s a new solution for better audience engagement!

It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come in just over ten years. But I think you’ll dig this new WordPress plugin.

Already, over 200 of of my regular visitors have put it to the test and enjoyed it. Now you can try it (for my site) and run it on your own WordPress site as well.

Before I give you the link, let me tell you why I find it so useful.

Now go check it out: PushUp

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