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Ten Years Ago Today...

02-12-2013 4,707 views Misc 21 Comments

Ten years ago today this little blog of mine launched with a simple Welcome post. I started this blog with the intent of sharing knowledge and random things I thought were "cool." In the past ten years there have been...

  • 4831 blog entries
  • An average of 0.75 posts per day
  • 50,527 comments (an average of 10 per blog post)
  • 17 million 'views' per entry (based on a simple stat per entry I store locally, not a Google Analytics stat)
  • 500+ people signed up to get emails when I post a new entry

I've posted 2,969 times on ColdFusion, 302 on jQuery, and only 129 times on HTML5.

The post with the most comments (972!) was an entry on iPhone iOS 2 written back in 2008. My most popular entry based on views was one on Subclipse and Subversion (both things I don't use anymore).

When I started this blog, I worked for Mindseye, a web shop out of Boston now defunct. After that I spent some time at roundpeg as a VP of Technology (guess what - I suck at management), ran my own little shop for a while (guess what - I suck at business development), joined a startup (Broadchoice, where I worked with the smartest developers on the planet), returned to my own company (by way of the startup crashing), landed at FirstComp as a senior dev, and then finally found my way to Adobe.

I've spent most of the past ten years focused on server-side technology. The past few years though I've shifted to the client side. As I've seen HTML, JavaScript, and CSS grow at a phenomenal rate (sometimes roughly), I've been enjoying writing (and presenting) about how this can help developers build new and more powerful web-based experiences.

I've been incredibly lucky in my career. I've also been lucky to have a great "community" here (hell, I even have a troll).

Will this blog still exist in ten years? I have no idea. But it's going to be fun getting there!

For your enjoyment, here are some screen shots of the blog (via the Wayback Machine). I've got a new blog design chosen and hope to launch it next month. Click on the screen shots below for a larger version.

Pre-blog but a great example of what happens when I design. (No larger version for this one.)

This - as far as I know - was my original design. I didn't create this design, but I certainly don't remember where I got it. I think from a Wordpress demo. Anyway, make note of the Royale entry. This was Flex before it was Flex.

Three years later...

The "big ass green header" begins. Also note the link to my Amazon wishlist. Did I mention I have a wishlist? I do! You can find it here.

Bring on 2008. Note the entry on CFGRID. The amount of questions I got on CF UI stuff (from Flash Forms to CFCHART to Ajaxy stuff) is incredible. I had to eventually ask people to stop sending questions on Flash Forms. I'm near doing that for the Ajax UI stuff as well.

And here is my last design - more big green top. (Did I mention my favorite color is green?) I'm still talking about Eclipse here (blech) and mentioning my acceptance to MAX 2011. I've spoken at every singe DevCon and MAX except one. I've got two sessions for MAX 2013.

For folks curious about my next theme, you can see it here. I normally save my redesigns as a surprise, but as it may take me longer to get to it than expected, I figured why not share it. It is fully responsive, which means I'll be removing the jQuery Mobile "sub site". It has worked fine for me in general but I think a responsive design will work better for my blog.

Anyway, thanks for coming along for the ride!

p.s. I actually wrote this on Sunday. Today is Mardi Gras and I hope to be having too much fun to be writing. ;)


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  • Commented on 02-12-2013 at 7:06 AM
    New theme looks suspiciously like Twitter Bootstrap. Nothing wrong with that except NOT anything to do with malware ridden WordPress.
  • Commented on 02-12-2013 at 7:16 AM
    Actually, I'm also considering this,, which is definitely Bootstrap.
  • Commented on 02-12-2013 at 7:17 AM
    Congrats on 10 years Ray,

    I've been following you for the last 5 years and you've helped me many times over the years.

    thanks for all you do,

  • Mikel #
    Commented on 02-12-2013 at 7:21 AM
    Happy 10th Anniversary!

    Thanks for all that you do! It certainly is appreciated!
  • Commented on 02-12-2013 at 7:31 AM
    Now I feel old. I remember all of those site themes. Congratulations, Ray! While you're in the process of the site update, why not bring back the good old death clock app, too.. complete with MS Access database. Go on, be retro!
  • Commented on 02-12-2013 at 7:35 AM
    Matt: I actually sold many years ago. :) I did build an Android app though -
  • Commented on 02-12-2013 at 8:43 AM
    Congrats Ray - yes you're lucky but also you made your luck by sharing selflessly what you know!!!
    Kissing a** but hey:) it has to be said!
  • Commented on 02-12-2013 at 9:04 AM
    Congrats Ray!
  • Commented on 02-12-2013 at 9:09 AM
    Great to see your Review of "So dies the fire" by S.M. Sterling all those years ago. It was much more kind than my review on of it:
  • amar #
    Commented on 02-12-2013 at 10:51 AM
    Wow 10 years with the blog. Not sure if you remember the demo app you had written for CF3.5 or 4.0 and it came with installation of CF. I remember it because of the floating menu in it. At the time it was like a magic. So I guess you are not that new to the JS and client side stuff. btw your blog has been useful in learning new stuff or some old stuff thats cool. Thanks and congrats.
  • Commented on 02-12-2013 at 12:00 PM
    Wouldn't 4831 blog entries average out to 1.32 entries per day (4831/3650) ? Either way your blog is great. I used this blog post just the other day to make a quick calendar
  • Commented on 02-12-2013 at 6:06 PM
    I, too, remember all of those designs (and most all of the posts)... Congrats, Man, on 10 years - here's hoping for AT LEAST another 10 :-)
  • Tushar Bhaware #
    Commented on 02-12-2013 at 11:45 PM
    Congrats on Successful 10 years.
    You are great help to me.
    Your work is really appreciated.
  • Commented on 02-13-2013 at 2:44 AM
    Congrats to you Ray. Wishing you another 10 years of success. I attribute my interest in ColdFusion to you. I've since jumped ship though
  • SuperAlly #
    Commented on 02-13-2013 at 11:02 AM
    Congratulations Ray.
    All of your efforts are greatly appreciated by everyone. I know you've helped me out personally more than once, sometimes with your regular posts and at times going far above and beyond to lend advice and help.

  • Troll #
    Commented on 02-13-2013 at 5:41 PM
    Ray, I've alerted the media about this milestone. Wow.
  • Commented on 02-15-2013 at 7:39 PM
    Super badass :D Here's to another 10! As always, an inspiration!
  • papichulo #
    Commented on 03-05-2013 at 12:34 PM
    Ray Camden - Best blog, always the worst design...
    All the people you know and you can't get one designer to do something custom for you?
    Twitter bootstrap design from hell. I think you should include the cheesy theme switcher with the color and background changer and let your readers change the site the way they like it:)
  • Commented on 03-05-2013 at 12:35 PM
    I'll have to respectfully disagree with you, Papichulo. :)
  • Nando #
    Commented on 04-25-2013 at 6:38 AM
    So how did you remember the day you made your first blog post after 10 years had gone by?
  • Commented on 04-25-2013 at 8:14 AM
    My blogware tells me the first post date. :)