November 22, 2014: The Daily Illuminator: 20 Years Of Beta
So: The blog you're reading has been running for 20 years. Really. In fact, the Daily Illuminator is far older than the word "blog," or even the descriptive term "weblog" that the net quickly truncated to one syllable. As far as we can tell, the Illuminator is the oldest regularly updated blog on the net. You can read back for Derek Pearcy's account of how it came to be, and, modulo trivial details, that's what I recall, too. Not to put too fine a point on it: Derek invented the blog! He might not have been the first one ever to have the idea, but his was an independent invention, and what he wanted to do was pretty much the feature set that blogs have today. (Except for the comment part, but we'll get to that.)
And he had a dozen other things on his plate, and I thought it was a really great idea and wanted to start doing it right now, because having spent so long doing newspapers, . . . [more]
The sky is gray, the tea is cold, and a new tragedy lies around every corner . . .
In Gloom, you control the fate of a family of macabre characters and try your hardest to give them the gloomiest experience ever, all the while trying to cheer up the other families. May the most miserable soul win!
You are the 703rd alien being here today.
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