Not Right About Anything is six years old today. I just turned 30, which means I’ve been blogging for one-fifth of my life. Wow.
Hell, I remember being six years old. And now my blog is old enough to graduate from kindergarten. I should have it perform a song or something.
Maybe “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”?
Six years doesn’t seem like much in the grand scheme of things, but for a commitment-phobe like me, it’s a pretty substantial accomplishment. The longest I’ve held a single job was seven years — a part-time scholarship job that got me two college degrees. My longest relationship is eight months. The idea of a five-year plan is absolutely foreign to me, and if you’d told me six years ago what I was getting into with this thing, I probably would have given up right then and there.
I started this blog in the early morning hours of June 1, 2004. My family had gone to Disney World and I was house-sitting and puppy-watching. Back then, I was a graduate student, a published columnist, a stringer for an independent newspaper, the equipment manager for a college track team and a videographer for a local football team. Which sounds like a lot, but all of that was on hiatus on June 1. I had elected to stay home instead of taking the road trip to Orlando (which was, in retrospect, stupid, but again, this came out of it), and there wasn’t a whole lot to do. Really, I was bored.
People had been telling me I needed to set up a website for years, and so, largely inspired by my former Vermilion conservative counterpart Nick Bouterie’s blog, The Conservative Cajun, I cracked into Blogger and sowed the seeds for what you see today.
At the time, I thought the only people who would see it were my friends and maybe a few other people familiar with my college work. After nearly seven straight hours of coding, tweaking and adding material, I launched Ian McGibboney: Not Right, which I always figured was what I’d call my column if ever it got picked up by another newspaper. I e-mailed about a dozen of my best friends (pre-FaceSpace) to tell them about it. Maybe one ever responded. Some friends! At least I made some new ones.
Over the next few days, I switched templates and the name. Not Right About Anything was an afterthought, mainly a way to make the blog more about the material than about me. And since then it’s evolved and continues to evolve. I’ve learned a lot about HTML and with my writing and other creative outlets in general (all of which have helped me career-wise). I doubt I’d be where I am today in any sense without this little hobby site of mine. And I hope it's given you plenty of joy as well.
So, thanks for reading. Give me money.