Thursday, October 18, 2007

I probably Should've Done This On Post 14.2857

Well its finally happened, post number 100. The big one-oh...oh. To celebrate, I'm going to look back on the history of this little blog...

In The Beginning: In the beginning there was the word, and the word was "Sammy".

The Pre-Historic: The ultimate origin of the 7th Notion can probably be traced back to the "Thought Of The Day", which I imagine only Dr. Koopon remembers. TOTD dates back to five or six years ago when I was in middle school. The name says it all, TOTD was a daily (well, allegedly) e-mail to a few people that contained some random thought, usually a joke (and not necessarily a good one). It went through a few stretches of fairly regular production, separated by long droughts (remind you of anything?).

The Mezo-Pre-Historic: My first actual contact with the blogging world came (and this is no surprise) about a year and a half ago. Everything relevant to my life always happened a year and a half ago. It's spooky. Anyways, this first tentative step came in the form of me being bored over summer vacation. Compelled by my hidden desire to blog, I would 'trol the internet for blogs that I liked. Blogger was kind enough to provide me a "random blog" button that led me through a never ending maze of blogs. I could only understand about half of them (there's apparently a lot of spanish and chinese speaking blogger), and only stop to read maybe 1 of 10. It was diverting, but bore no fruit (i.e. blogs I ever returned to) until, one fateful day, I stumbled upon Revenge of the Nerddd. Despite the pink background and Yankees allegiance, I was captivated. It's funny to think that half of the blogs I read today resulted in this totally random result.

The (actual) Beginning: Shortly afterwards, the 7th Notion was born on June 5th, 2006. The first month or two were less than pretty. The content was uninteresting, badly written, and often angsty. Spelling and grammatical errors abounded, and capital letters were few and far between. You'd be hard pressed to find writing that I am ore ashamed of. But, like the first two seasons of TNG*, it had to start somewhere.

The Spawn: My entry into the blogosphere inspired a few of my friends to start blogs of their own (it's true, I'm a trend setter). There were four at the beginning, and they met with varying degrees of success (and quality). Dr. Koopon's won't even get hyperlinked. I think he posted like four times before giving up. Stick to live journal kid. OSK made one that limped along for a few months before slipping into the coma we see it in now. It's still on my sidebar because I still check it, partly because I love his prose, but mostly because I love the name Breakfast With Friends. The blog's actual name is "Peace, Love, and Star Trek", but I like the other one way better so I keep using it. You're probably more familiar with Mango Flavored Addiction because its author is a writer at heart and she posts (fairly) regularly. She also like putting really unrelated things in my comments like travel plans we're making. Grr. The final spawn, Gavrich's Tim's Varied Musings can't be found to your right because it fails the awesome title test. Also, I disagree with virtually everything he believes in, often vehemently, and with out his personal charm to make it more palatable, his writing makes me nauseous. I might also be a little bitter about how much crap he gives me about spelling.

The Dark Ages: After its humble (aka crappy) beginning, the 7th Notion improved steadily over time but fell on hard times when I went back to school. Posts grew more and more sporadic, shifting between terrible droughts and spurts of activity. If you dig through the archives you'd be a loser. Also, you'd find stretches of posts that all begin with an apology about not posting recently. When this past summer rolled around and I had free time again, things still didn't turn up. In fact, they got worse. To be honest, I'm surprised any of you still read this after so many months of no activity.

The Present: That brings us to now, the present. Obviously (I hope), the quality of writing here has improved. It gets spell checked now, and even edited sometimes. I use apostrophes in conjunction, but not exclamation points. I refuse to ever use exclamation points outside of interjections. No sentence (not in caps) is that exciting. Stephen Hawking, if you read this, I loose respect for you every time you put one in A Brief History Of Time. Grr. Also obvious is that I most more now. For some reason, getting to college has compelled me to post a lot, who knew.

Well, that's it...the 100th post. I feel like I should leave you with something very 7th Notion...y, but even after 100 posts I don't even know what that would be. So, uh, elen sila lumenn omentielvo.

*Star Trek: The Next Generation. If you didn't know that, you might want to leave.

16 comments:

The Juicy One said...

happy 100th post and, um...thanks for the shout out???

dr_koopon said...

for the record, my livejournal lasted only lasted a couple months, and i refuse to go back on the grounds that its embarrasingly bad. at least my blog had the decency to lay down and die. ugh.

by the way, youve got like 3 spelling errors (as in missing letters)... clearly no read through on the big one-oh-oh. thats sad.

but seriously, way to make it this far man. to your blog: long life, and good health.

justifiably_vertical said...

It's true, I didn't gave this one a particularly thorough once-over because it was very long, and by the time I finally finished it, I was sick of thinking about it.

The Juicy One said...

but what's the significance (if any) of post 14.2857?

haha, koops having a livejournal. That is so...girly

Gavrich said...

The "Awesome Title Test"???? You make Tim sad :*( .

Oh well. Happy 100th post.

justifiably_vertical said...

100/7=14.whatever

Tim, don't take it too hard...you can probably tell that my taste in titles tends towards to nonsensical...

The Juicy One said...

seriously, plus i got kicked off the list for awhile too, still dunno why...it's not the end of the world

Terra Shield said...

Err... Happy 100th post!

I totally enjoyed the history of this blog :)

thewishfulwriter said...

congrats on the big 100!! i just crossed that milestone myself and like you, had no real idea what the world of blogging was about when I started this summer.

quite addictive!

justifiably_vertical said...

Yay! Look at all the people who love me!

Thanks to all who offered congratulations and who stuck around through 100 posts (and those of you who've been around for, like, 6).

The Juicy One said...

that was the 10th comment...is thaat another record in the making?

dr_koopon said...

I'm procrastinating a LOT, so I did some research on the subject of juicy's question. Here's what I found:

-the Seventh Notion has gotten double digit comments 4 times.
-3 of those times were in august of 06 (good times... I assume)
-with this comment right here, this post ties for most comments ever before with "Thank you Guy". The other two posts both had 10 comments.

justifiably_vertical said...

Wow koops...wow. You own at life.

And now (unless someone goes back through the archives and comments on Thank You Guy again), this post wins. Fitting.

Anonymous said...

actually I almost said at the end that no one should post after mine specifically to make it longer, cuz that'd kinda be cheating... but yours is different enough I suppose.

great. now there's 14. good luck beating this. (and this post is partly just to make sure no one tries to go back and make Thank you Guy the winner. but I'll probably check it every now and then just in case... I really don't have a life do I)

The Juicy One said...

wow koops....just, wow....

justifiably_vertical said...

I think this post needs its own forum...

(Juicy, why do you still check the comments on my 3rd newest post?)