Originally using a blogging application I had written myself using ColdFusion and a MS SQL Server database, the application didn’t even offer RSS feeds or a way for readers to comment. Adding a commenting system (in January 2006) was my first stab at using Ajax. Once these ‘advanced’ features were added the site remained (technically speaking) much the same, only minor changes to the design, until I moved from IET to KMi in August 2006.
I took this change of department as an opportunity to move my blog from running on my custom application to the more sustainable and feature rich WordPress platform, athough I hadn’t yet made the final step of running the blog from my own domain. The move to alexlittle.net didn’t take place until March 2008.The subject matter of my blog has changed dramatically too over the last 5 years. Originally the blog was just a simple diary for my own benefit whilst working on a JISC project – I knew we’d have to report back on the project, problems, successes etc and recording these in a diary (or blog) made sense at the time. The diary style of the first few months of blog entries is really highlighted by the fact that the titles for each posting are just the days and dates.
Nowadays my blog is a way for me to record and share my experience of living, working and attempting to implement elearning at a university in Ethiopia, a long way, both physically and mentally, from the first blog postings sat in an office in Milton Keynes!
(Image of site from 2004 from the Wayback Machine Internet Archive project)