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10 years and 37signals

Every year on March 9th, as SXSW is getting started, I like to mark the anniversary of this blog. This time it’s the 10th year.

“My second post back in 2002”:http://www.manton.org/2002/03/ernest_kim_and_jason.html was about a panel run by 37signals. I wrote:

“Ernest and Jason really get it — I hope they inspire some designers to think about web sites in a new way, and finally start focusing on usability and page load time and cut the fancy graphics, roll-overs, and animations.”

This was a couple years before they reinvented themselves as a software company with Basecamp. As the “new Basecamp launches this week”:http://37signals.com/svn/posts/3129-launch-the-all-new-basecamp, it’s fascinating to think back on how far 37signals has come. The web is bigger now and more complex. Subscription web apps are everywhere. But I think the focus on performance that drove Jason Fried and his original co-founders to promote simple design in that SXSW panel a decade ago is still very much at the heart of what 37signals does.

New blog design

I’ve been blogging here since 2002, and I started Riverfold in 2006, but it’s taken me a while to realize something pretty obvious: traffic flows back and forth between my personal blog and the company site, and I should stop fighting it. Today I’m embracing that in a small way by adapting the “riverfold.com”:http://www.riverfold.com/ design to this blog, and linking more prominently to my indie products.

I’ll still post about things that have nothing to do with software. I don’t want to give that up, and some of my favorite posts wouldn’t exist if I stuck to programming or business topics. Some non-software favorites I found while surfing “the archives”:http://www.manton.org/archives.html include “Ollie Johnston died”:http://www.manton.org/2008/04/ollie_johnston.html, “Perfection”:http://www.manton.org/2005/08/perfection.html, “The Great Scott”:http://www.manton.org/2005/02/the_great_scott.html, “Bush veto”:http://www.manton.org/2007/11/bush_veto.html, and “50,136 words”:http://www.manton.org/2005/12/50136_words.html. But hopefully by unifying things a little it’ll be more consistent, and encourage visitors coming to my blog for the first time to also buy some Mac software.

Thanks for your support over the years. Even when the referrers dry up and the click-throughs aren’t worth graphing, I’ll still write here, and maybe every once in a while it’ll be something good.

Brent Simmons on Git, plus blog anniversary

“Brent Simmons is still looking”:http://inessential.com/2009/03/07/still_looking_for_a_version_control_syst for the perfect version control system:

“People talk about how wonderful are features like re-writing history — and I read that stuff and think, ‘Wow, Git’s really cool and powerful.’ But then I know it could suck me in and take away time from _real_ work. It’s _already_ more work — _for me_ — than when using Subversion.”

I haven’t used Git much since Daniel and I discussed it on an early “Core Intuition”:http://www.coreint.org/ episode. Like Brent I just don’t see a big win for single-person projects, although it’s fascinating to watch how open source projects are using “Github”:http://github.com/.

I like what Brent did a few months ago with his blog redesign, how both inessential.com and ranchero.com complement each other. He also wrote “more about his publishing system”:http://inessential.com/2009/01/30/new_publishing_system_tour_of_my_head, including a bit in passing about the tool I used to start my blog, Radio Userland.

I mention it because this blog is 7 years old today. Happy birthday to manton.org.

Weblog 5th Year

Ten minutes until midnight as I type this. I started this blog 5 years ago. There have been just 329 posts in those 5 years, but there are some good ones in there. One thing I’ve noticed is that over the years I’ve switched from collecting links and providing short commentary, to more thoughtful longer posts. I’m hoping in this next year to go back to more of the earlier style.

My weblog anniversary also means that “SXSW”:http://www.sxsw.com/ is starting. I don’t plan to blog this weekend, but will instead be updating through “my Twitter account”:http://twitter.com/manton. To be honest I’m not sure what to expect from this year’s conference. I’m looking forward to a few sessions, but with RailsConf and WWDC and another work trip all lined up for the coming few months, I’m feeling a little conferenced-out before I’ve even begun.

Here are the previous anniversary posts: “2006”:http://www.manton.org/2006/03/mediocrity_is_the.html, “2005”:http://www.manton.org/2005/03/year_three.html, “2004”:http://www.manton.org/2004/03/two_years.html, “2003”:http://www.manton.org/2003/03/at_sxsw.html, and “2002”:http://www.manton.org/2002/03/sxsw.html.

Also checked out the new Apple Store at The Domain today, which is a couple miles from my house. Was 250th in line without really trying, and the weather was nice enough to work under the oak trees outside Starbucks. Took pictures with my camera phone which I don’t have the energy to post right now. Tonight I headed back downtown for the opening of “Jason Chalker’s”:http://manlyart.blogspot.com/ art show.