Bernie Goldbach's fascinating post about the history of the Irish blogosphere got me thinking about my own backstory in this little corner of the web. I used to think I was relatively early to the party so its eye-opening to learn that the likes of Donncha O'Caoimh was blogging in the last century.
The archives for MMSmemo* seem to have withered away so I was struggling to put an exact date on when I cut the ribbon but Bernie says it's not a blog if it doesn't have a feed so Martin Little helped me determine that I made a start sometime around September 2003. Although I listed on Blogshares in April of that year and I'd swear I was publishing reverse chronological feedless pages sometime in 2002. So perhaps I wasn't too far behind the advance troops.
Ironically Bernie's (original) blog was the first Irish blog that I recognised as such and certainly the first I subscribed to in Bloglines**. Which means his recollection of events is authorative in my eyes and I can't suggest any omissions or inaccuracies in his draft.
* Yes it was even geekier than this blog ;-)
* The first non-Irish blog I subscribed to was, naturally, Dave Winer's