Before Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat I was a prolific blogger. I’m talking circa 2003 through 2007 — literally 40 lifetimes ago in digital years. During the heyday of the blogging era, I stumbled upon a terrific blogging site with a pre-Facebook style blogging community called “tBlog”. tBlog was created by Mr. Taylor Bayouth. Taylor and I became acquaintances via tBlog. His vision was much closer today’s Facebook than the original Facebook causing me to always wonder just how close Taylor came to unicorn status. Like so many webpreneurs, my guess is that with access to sufficient capital, tBlog could’ve been YUUUGE!!!
The Header of My Old tBlog: The Logia of Kurt
But those were simpler times. Very few people from my real life knew I had a blog or would have bothered reading it if they had known. I felt free to express myself in my own name in a way that is forever lost to the silicon of time due to the ubiquitous nature of today’s social platforms. My tBlog friends were folks like The Holy Wild, Ian, Shannon, Judy, Lori, Mikki, and Pastor Dave. In fact, Pastor Dave still lists his old tBlog URL on his Facebook profile. I know they’ll all agree that nothing will ever replicate our experience reading each others thoughts and interacting on one another’s posts on little ol’ tBlog. tBlog even had a slick instant messaging feature for members that we all loved as well as published rankings for whose blog was generating the most unique views. We tBloggers were early adopters blazing a multi-billion dollar trail. (You’re welcome Zuckerberg!)
Sadly, once Facebook and Twitter ruled the social media world, tBlog went the way of the dodo bird and the talented Mr. Bayouth moved on to other projects, including publishing “How to Steal the Mona Lisa”. Personally, I took to treating my Facebook posts as long form blogs. You can imagine how much my FB friends appreciate that approach — not!
So, in an effort to spare my friends and family from suffering my novelesque Facebook posts, I have decided to tap into my need for personal expression by going back to the future tBlog style here on Medium. My son, Warren Maddox, started blogging a bit on this platform last year and I signed up for an account to make it easier to follow along. I invite all my old blogging buddies to follow along or even to join me here. And, hopefully, I’ll make some new friends along the way.
I’m back, blogging world, and it feels good!