Have you ever wondered how Travelblog has evolved since its founding by Ali in April 2002?
Well, here is an interesting site: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/travelblog.org.
In particular, go to "Where can I find out more info about travelblog.org" near the bottom and click on the "How did travelblog.org look in the past?" link. You can then select the year and date of what the website looked like on that date. August 6, 2002 is the first snap shot. Ali was blogging about his trip through Mexico. The only other blogger was Matthew, who posted four blogs about his trip to Mexico and the USSA, and is still listed as a blogger, but hasn't posted anything since July 26, 2002. At the end of 2003 there were only 10 bloggers, but the numbers exploded in 2004.
It's fun to go through the years...seeing the number of bloggers increase...and looking up the year when you joined to see what the blog looked like then. For those who didn't like the changing formats (it appears that even travelers don't like changes!), this is an opportunity to compare the different formats. I think the changes were for the better.
So feel free to comment on anything you find interesting in your research.
How wonderful is that, so different to what we see today
It's a great but somewhat scary site.
I noticed that two posts which I had deleted, as they were superseded by later postings, are still on the archive. Not a problem for me as they were fairly mundane: "Got home safely. Will update the blog later" stuff but...
A warning for all
- once you put it out there, it never goes away even if you think you have deleted it!
Blog entries deleted from your list of entries aren't completely removed from the site until the account itself is permanently deleted. Following that they may still show in Google search results until they refresh their cache.
In response to: Msg #178928
That warning applies to the entire internet, not just Travel Blog. ANYTHING posted in public, and many that are not public, has a high likelihood of sticking around forever. Many a college senior has learned this the hard way; they delete much of their social media posts to prepare for a job search, but possible employers still find out about their wild undergraduate behavior. Even Snapchat, a service built on the idea of unrecorded communication, has been able to produce old posts in response to court orders.
Cool thread Bob. It's fun to link on the archive site and see how much the look and feel of the site has improved over the years to reach it's current form. Thanks for sharing