10 Years of Blogging

Today marks the day when I posted my first post on this blog 10 years ago. Way back in 2004.

Back then, I was on Blogger and the blog name was "Tech Expression".  Yeah, I know. Not so much.

I retooled after about a month and became Not (quite) Balanced. The idea behind the blog was along the lines that I’m searching for balance in my life, but not (quite) there.  It stuck and I have kept the name ever since.

After a couple of months of blogging, I got sucked into the blog scene so much (it was big back then) that after 81 posts in 2 months, I was finding my life…a bit out of balance. So I pulled the plug.

Until I started up again in June 2005, when I tried to find a better balance.

I moved to blog to WordPress in 2006 and have been here ever since.

Here are a few notable posts from the past:

Or you can peruse the Archive section in the side bar:

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(Yes, it goes on forever.)

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Aside: Look Out for Changing Headers

As we’ve been going along on this Out West Vacation, I’ve been updating the header to go along with the blog post.

Here are a few that I’ve posted:

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We saw a lot of spectacular scenery and I took a boatload of panoramas that make perfect header pictures for the block.

If you’re getting these posts via e-mail or RSS, you might want to stop by the site and check out the banner. ‘Cuz its going to change fairly frequently.

Posting Resumes

Yeah, I’ve been writing posts all year long and just haven’t been putting them on this site. I like to save them–like that one kid that hoards all his Halloween candy.

And now it’s time to blow them all in one big month of blogging. (At least) One. Post. A. Day.

You’ve been warned.

Clarification: I haven’t really been writing all year and holding them back (although that could be an explanation of why I’m starting to blog again.) The REAL reason, of course, is that I typically post photos from the year during the month of December.  I plan to do it again this year.

Caution–Blogging Ahead

Still waiting for “Twenty (Part Two)”?  All in good time.

But just in case you forgot to flip your calendar, its December again.  And that means one thing: A look back at the year in photos.

I’ve been doing this since 2007 (!) and once again we’re revving up the blogging engines to go into high gear.

So all of you who are used to the 1-2 posts a months (on a good month), hold on to your hats, because we’re goin’ on a ride.

First Day of Preschool

Yesterday was ~A~’s first day of preschool.  He did great—no tears, no drama.  The teacher said he was quiet, just taking things in.

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Of course, he’s never quiet at home.

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As I was posting this, I was trying to remember if I had a post from the last time we sent one of our boys to preschool for the first time.  I was going to link to it.

But of course, that happened 10 years ago–before I started blogging in 2004.

Banner Update

It has been a long time since I’ve updated the banner on this site, but I took a few pictures this passed the test of being “banner worthy”, so stop on by and take a look…

(Any of you RSS or email folks will just have to visit the site.)

1000 Miles

Seven months after I clicked off the 500 mile mark, I’ve rolled the odometer again.  A 5 mile run with my wife put me over the 1000 mile mark on my running. It was a dark and cloudy morning and the sun had not yet come up. But that is the way it is when I run at this time of year.

Since last June when I hit the 500 mile mark:

  • I’ve burned through another pair of running shoes and am now on my third pair of Asic Gel Numbus 12s.
  • I’ve run in 3 more races: 2 10Ks and a 5K
  • I’ve run my farthest run: 10 miles
  • I’ve run the most miles in in a month: 86 miles in November (beating out May and October)
  • I’ve past my 1 year anniversary of running in September.

Other notable facts (from my dailymile.com log):

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Also my wife and boys have started running, and now when we talk about races, it isn’t: “Which races will I do?” It is “Which races will we do?”

Running is a lot less lonely than the first 500 miles.  I now get to run with my wife on a regular basis and it is almost like going on a date.  A chance for us to talk, to plan, to pray without the interruptions of 3 boys.

Finally, one notable thing that I’ve learned over the past 1000 miles:

Running is a Gift.  The sunrises that I never would’ve seen. The special times with my wife. The fleeting glimpse of the awesomeness of God.  The opportunities to blow off the stresses of the day.These have been the little things that add up to the Gift of running.  It is hard, but Good.

See you in another 1000 miles.