I got the notification earlier this week: it was WordPress wishing me a happy seventh anniversary. Before you ask: yes, I registered my blog a few days before I made my first post. I wanted to be sure I’d still have the name. It took me a while to think one up and once it came to me, I didn’t want to risk possibly losing it.
The name came from a possible digital shrine to Bumblebee: I’ve been a Transformer fan since 1984 and back in the 1990s and early 2000s putting together your own website was a huge deal. In those days, I wanted a website dedicated to my favorite Autobot.
Major problem: at the time, I had zero idea how to do much of anything in HTML. I also didn’t have any screenshots or images I could use. I couldn’t upload much of anything to a website. Yeah, the odds were stacked fairly high against me from the very beginning. But I still had the thought in the back of my mind.
I thought of potential layouts, potential pages, what colors and fonts I should use. But mostly I thought about names, because simply calling it “The Shrine to Bumblebee” might be accurate, but it isn’t exactly imaginative. So I tossed ideas around in my head.
I don’t know when the phrase popped into my head, but one day I thought “Iacon East” and that was it. I had found it, the perfect name. Iacon being the home city of the Autobot resistance and adding the direction East made it more personal. I lived on the East Coast for two decades. It fit. I couldn’t wait to use it!
That, of course, didn’t happen. By the time I had any presence on the internet, I was blogging. Since the main subject of my original blog was my workplace–Walmart–I had to deal with idiocy on a daily basis. Thus, I called my first blog “Rhymes With Idiot” because of the massive amount of stupidity I had to deal with at the time. I went by a different nom de plume as well.
Things went well enough there until they didn’t. My posts had always been sporadic, but then they became much fewer. I pretty much quit blogging for a year before I made another update; I managed to make a few more posts then I simply quit.
But once I had stepped away, I realized that I missed it. I wanted to keep going. I wanted to blog again. I just didn’t want to do it on Blogger. I did some thinking, settled on WordPress and realized I needed a name. As I sat at a table in the food court at the local mall, I racked my brain, trying to come up with something.
I remembered Iacon East. The rest is history.
It’s been seven years since I made my first post here; a simple one dealing with a rather bad day at work and how things improved when I went to a Timber Rattlers game. Nothing Earth shattering. No “Welcome to my blog” first post. (Instead, I decided to make a page for that.) I just jumped in, feet first, since I had prior experience.
I’ve been blogging ever since.
Here’s to seven years on WordPress, seven years of Iacon East. May we have many more!