You always remember your first time.
Mine was shortly after I’d started at University.
Not exactly twenty… But definitely around twenty years ago, towards the end of 1993.
I can’t say it was particularly good. I still had so much to learn. But I knew nothing would ever be quite the same again.
The first time I published something on the internet, I mean.
As I recall it was a personal page on my University’s site.
This was back when the internet was plain text on a grey background. And browsing was fast!
Later the following year I would have a GeoCities page… by the time I left University I was responsible for the Student Union’s website.
After leaving Uni and starting work, I played around with different styles of personal website, and eventually set up a sort of reverse-chronological-order online diary. Nowadays we’d call that a blog. By 2004 I had a proper, personal blog that I ran for a few years.
Around the same time, the web became part of my work.
I set up an online news channel, and associated digital picture desk, to help people understand the work of the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces.
It’s been through some important evolutionary changes since then, but I’m pleased to say it’s still in daily operation.
So that’s a little of my ‘internet history’ by way of introduction.
On this blog I’ll be writing about digital engagement and social media in Government, and loosely related subjects.
Digital engagement typically starts with that first act of self-publishing, and it amazes me to think that mine was twenty years ago. How about you?