Stupid Evil Bastard turns 20 this year.

I’ve been bad at remembering to celebrate SEB’s blogiversaries for a while now. The very first post I made was on December 2nd, 2001 and it was short and didn’t say anything in particular other than “Look! I got it up!” and I didn’t write anything else for the entire month, but it was a start and I can’t believe it’s still here after 19 years.

The first post. Clicking it will take you to it. There are a few comments that have been left over the years. I tried to get a Wayback Machine screenshot of it, but they didn’t start tracking SEB until 2002.

Other than living day to day, there a very few things I can honestly say I have stuck with for 20 or more years. Playing video games would be one thing I suppose and the one game that comes close to a 20-year run is World of Warcraft which just turned 16 in 2020, but I haven’t played it continuously during that time. I took a couple of breaks during bouts of unemployment.

On April 21st of this year, I will have been married to my wonderful and amazing wife for 20 years. That’s pretty impressive to me. Considering the number of friends and extended family who seemed to have their shit together have had marriages end in divorce, I’m not sure how I managed to keep mine together.

This year will also mark my official 10-year employment at my current job come September. That’s as an actual employee. I’ve already hit 10-years last November if you count my almost-a-year as a contractor. That’s the longest stretch of employment I’ve ever had. Of course, most of the rest of my career was as a contractor so short runs are to be expected.

So, yeah, almost 20 years. You could say I’m celebrating prematurely, but I think it’s kind of a big deal even if I’m terrible at posting regularly these days. My experiments with Podcasting didn’t last long and I keep meaning to get into vlogging and/or streaming for the past couple of years, but have yet to do so with any seriousness. I can’t promise you it’ll still be around 20 years from now, that would put me at 73 going on 74 and I’ll probably be in rough shape by then if family history is anything to go by, but I’ll probably stretch it out for as long as I can manage.

For now, Happy 19th Birthday a month late, SEB. Never thought we’d still be hanging out by now, but glad we still are.

SEB is now old enough to vote.

UPDATE: It’s been pointed out to me that my math skills suck. SEB is actually 17 years old, not 18. 2018-2001 = 17. That’s what I get for posting about it in 2019 and doing the math based on the current date instead of, you know, the actual date of the anniversary itself. Still, we’ve been around longer than a lot of other way more popular websites so that’s still something to gloat about even if I do need remedial basic math tutoring.

I missed my own Blogiversary. I started blogging on December 2nd, 2001 with a stupidly simple post that only said:

Well, it took awhile before I found a layout I was happy with, but I now have a home page up and running and some of the links even work. Seems like the part I have the hardest time with when making pages is the layout and coming up with some graphics that won’t cause visitor’s eyes to bleed the instant it comes into view. I’m still not certain what sections I plan to put into place, but the page as a whole will reflect my interests and opinions.

And that was it until January 10th, 2002, but it was a start. At the time I was creating pages by hand which is probably why there wasn’t much activity until we got into January when I got a script called Coranto set up to make updating a little easier to do. It was the crudest form of not-really-a-database system that updated flat HTML files to make the site. Then on February 3rd I made the move to the MovableType blogging platform and things really took off. For awhile there I was blogging quite a bit, but these days my output isn’t too dissimilar to what it was in those early days.

I had no idea what I was going to do with it back at the start and I assumed it was going to be a lot like many other endeavors I’ve undertaken over the years and only last a few months. Frankly, no one is more surprised that I’m sitting here 18 years later blathering away about whatever catches my attention. There were a couple points where it looked like I was going to have to shut it down either due to unemployment or just growing too big for the hosting services I was using at the time, but we squeaked through and a lot of you were with me during some pretty rough times.

Eighteen years is particularly amazing when you consider that Facebook didn’t exist until February 4, 2004 and YouTube wouldn’t arrive until February 14, 2005. Hell, MySpace wasn’t even a thing yet (August 1, 2003) and I beat Friendster by a year (March 22, 2002). You’ll forgive me for being somewhat impressed with myself.

I’m not as active as I was and my audience is not as big, but I’m still plugging away. Looking back and seeing the stuttering start I made at blogging makes me feel a little better at the similarly rough start to vlogging and streaming I’ve had. There’s a lot more involved in these new ventures which means it’ll take me longer to get into the swing of it and perhaps I’ll never manage to do as well at those things as I have at blogging, but that would be OK too. Much like when I started, I don’t know how much longer SEB will continue, but I’ve not run out of things to babble on about yet so if I had to guess then there’s probably still a ways to go.

Until then, a big thank you to those who have dropped by over the years to see what I had to say. You’ve made it all worthwhile and I am still amazed and humbled by it all.


SEB has officially been around for 11 years now.

bird-hawk-looking-at-clock-timeIt just occurred to me that I missed SEB’s 11th anniversary. On December 2nd, 2001 I launched what would become SEB thinking I’d give it a shot for a few weeks and then it would slowly fade away as I lost interest. Over the years I’ve come close to shutting it down a couple of times after frustrations with maintaining it or periods of inactivity and yet here we are still spouting out the occasional missive on the Interwebs.

I’m not as prolific as I once was (and I’ve never been particularly prolific at the best of times) and some of the projects (SEB Podcast) have progressed in spurts, but considering how it’s not made me rich and famous yet I think it’s not too shabby an effort. I can’t promise you it’ll last another 11 years, but there’s still some bits and bobs left for me to pontificate upon before I call it quits for good. My beard — though oddly enough not my hair — is a little grayer than it used to be and I’ve added a few wrinkles from when I started. I don’t know if I’m any wiser, but I’m certainly more experienced. It’s weird to dig back into the archives and read some of the stuff I wrote years ago. There’s only a handful of articles that I can remember off top of my head which makes reading some of the stuff that captured my attention fascinating.

So I’m a little late in announcing it, but here it is. Happy 11th Blogiversary to Stupid Evil Bastard!

I missed my own Blogiversary.

Holy crap! I’ve been so busy with life that I totally forgot that I started this little experiment in egocentric rambling back on December 2nd, 2001. Not that I did a lot with it that month, but that’s when it officially started which means Stupid Evil Bastard is now, officially, 8 years old.

Had you told me at the time that almost a decade later I’d still be finding stuff to write about I probably would’ve laughed. I’m ADD. I have a hard time finishing all the video games I own. Yet here I am still plugging away. Sure, I tend to go in phases where I’m not as active as I am at other times and what I blog about tends to also go in phases, but I’m still banging on the keyboard when something catches my attention.

What’s even more amazing to me is the fact that there are so many people that drop by daily to see what nonsense I’m carrying on about at the time. I’ve heard from a lot of people I’d never have imagined would find my rantings worth following and even been lucky enough to meet a few of you.

I did come close to giving it up a couple of times and there are periods when I haven’t been able to come up with something to write about that I revisit the possibility. Right about then I’ll read something that pisses me off and I am off and running once more. I can’t promise you that I’ll make it to the full 10 year mark, but we’re starting on our ninth year so it’s looking like a good possibility.

Thanks for checking in on me over the last eight years. It wouldn’t have been as much fun without you.

Stupid Evil Bastard is officially 7 years old.

I’m a day late in mentioning it, but yesterday, December 2nd, some 7 years ago I launched SEB under a different and entirely stupid name with the following really lame entry:

Homepage is now live

Well, it took awhile before I found a layout I was happy with, but I now have a home page up and running and some of the links even work. Seems like the part I have the hardest time with when making pages is the layout and coming up with some graphics that won’t cause visitor’s eyes to bleed the instant it comes into view. I’m still not certain what sections I plan to put into place, but the page as a whole will reflect my interests and opinions.

Certainly not a harbinger of the monstrosity that SEB would become both in terms of megabytes of text devoted to mostly trivial topics and amount of traffic it gets for being about nothing in particular. It would be a couple of weeks before I would write anything else because I was so clueless as to what the hell I was doing. The oldest archived version of SEB I could find on the Internet Archive is this page from May 29, 2002 which was prior to our purchase of the SEB domain name. The graphics are long gone, but it gives you an idea how how I quickly settled into the routine of blogging after the initial hesitant first steps. Alas a lot of SEB over the years is missing from the archive because they don’t archive dynamic websites which SEB became with the move to ExpressionEngine.

Now, some seven years later, we’re up to 6,104 entries (counting this one) and 72,877 comments. The average number of daily unique visitors is between 1,200 and 2,000 people and the amount of bandwidth consumed is way more than it probably should be. In the past seven years I’ve been laid off twice, moved from Canton to Brighton and then to Ann Arbor. I have had six different jobs and one honeymoon (we didn’t take ours until a year after we were married) to exciting Frakenmuth Michigan. My daughter grew up from the age of 11 to her current age of 18. I’ve been on Canada’s news show The National and been interviewed on being an out-of-work automotive employee. Best of all I’ve had the chance to interact with some of the most amazing people I have ever met both in comments here on SEB and via email/phone/in-person. 

There’s been some rough times as well, including a period where I nearly packed it all in and shut down the blog back in 2006 thanks to some frustrating hosting issues. I have no idea if SEB will continue for another 7 years or just another 7 months, but I don’t show any signs of stopping anytime soon. As long as you folks keep coming around to see what idiot thing I’ve said recently then I’ll probably keep saying them.

It amazing how time flies by though. Had you told me seven years ago I’d still be at, or that anyone would be paying attention, I’d have laughed out loud.

Momma’s Corner is celebrating a Blogiversary today!

My mother wasn’t too sure about starting a blog back when I first suggested the idea to her. In fact she said no a couple of times before finally saying yes. It took her awhile to find her voice and an audience and she thought about giving it up a couple of times over the first year or so, but she stuck with it and eventually carved out her own niche on the Interwebs. Today she celebrates the fifth anniversary of her blog which is a milestone to be proud of considering how many bloggers do give up within the first year.

So stop on by Momma’s Corner and wish her a Happy Blogiversary!

Happy belated Blogiversary to me!

I just realized I missed my own Blogiversary. As of December 2nd SEB has been around for six years. It all started with a really lame post that indicated I hadn’t a clue what the hell I was doing. Funny thing is, I still don’t know what the hell I’m doing. I’m just faking it as I go along.

Never thought I’d keep at this for over half a decade. I’ve now beaten my previous record from back when I was running the anime websites The Casual Otaku and (five and three years respectively). I’d like to say something witty or poignant, but I’m lucky I remember the event at all so this will have to do.

***Dave (Does the Blog) is six years old today!

International Man of Mystery Dave Hill is celebrating his sixth Blogiversary today! Stop by and harass him about getting old.